AIII3. Modelling and management systems

The research line focuses first on the development of mathematical models and knowledge based systems for optimal Urban Water Systems management, and second in the creation of new sources of sustainable energy.

Research in Urban Water Systems is made from an integral point of view taking into account environmental, economic, social and legal criteria, according to the European Water Framework Directive. On the other hand, research on water oxidation catalysts aims to establish knowledge about the nature of oxidation water catalysis in order to find out a catalyst agent able to generate hydrogen with high activity.

Specific objectives are:

· Development of simulation tools for the analysis and reengineering of water treatment units and plants

· Process modelling of the urban water cycle, adopting an integrative approach

· Development of decision support systems (EDDS) as a tool for the integration of quantitavtive and qualitative knowledge and participation processes


Joaquim Comas
Research Professor (UdG Associated)

Associate Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Girona, he has a Bsc in Chemistry, Msc in Environmental Technologies and PhD in Industrial Engineering (2000). He has participated in several research projects as well as R+D contracts with companies. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and has supervised ten PhD thesis. He is leading the modelling and management systems research line. His research topics include multicriteria decision support systems and assessment tools (e.g. LCA and water footprint) for sustainable management of urban water systems, modelling and control of wastewater treatment processes, integrated membrane systems for water reuse, and removal of micropollutants in wastewater systems. In 2006 he was awarded with the Early Career Research Excellence award by the international Environmental Modelling and Software society (iEMSs). He was one of the founders of the technological spin off company SISLtech ( focused on intelligent solutions for waste, wastewater and water management.


Lluís Corominas
Research Scientist (Ramón y Cajal)

He focuses his research on the development of tools and methods to achieve sustainable management of urban water systems. His expertise is on monitoring, modeling and control of urban wastewater systems and on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of water treatment infrastructure. BsC in environmental sciences (UdG, 2000), MsC in environmental sciences (UdG, 2002), postgraduate on environmental engineering (UdG, 2006) and PhD on environmental sciences (2006) with postdoctoral experience at Université Laval of Québec (Canada) from 2007 until 2010 working on the European project NEPTUNE (New Sustainable Concepts and Processes for Optimization and Upgrading Municipal Wastewater and Sludge Treatment) from the 6th Framework Programme. His research activities have resulted in 28 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (H-index 9), 46 national and international conference proceedings, the writing of 3 book chapters, the invention of a patent, the participation in 18 national and international research projects and the supervision of 1 PhD thesis. Currently, he is principal investigator (PI) responsible for the ICRA contribution in the demonstration project R3-Water (Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment) from the call WATER-INNO-DEMO of the 7th EU Framework Programme, is also PI of the project EcoMaWat (Ecosystem-based management of urban wastewater systems) funded by the Programme Marie Curie within the 7th EU Framework Programme, participates in the project demEAUmed (Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities) from the call WATER-INNO-DEMO of the 7th EU Framework Programme, chairs the IWA (International Water Association) Working Group for Life Cycle Assessment of Water and Wastewater Treatment (LCA-Water WG) and is editor of the journal Water Practice & Technology (IWA publishing).

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Oriol Gutiérrez
Postdoc Researcher

His research focuses particularly on sewer systems optimal management, including understanding of the in-sewer biological, physical and chemical processes and the creation of tools to support the best Sewer+WWTP management. He is the principal investigator of the EU Marie-Curie project SGHGEMS “Sulfide and Greenhouse Gas emissions from Mediterranean sewers” and has wide experience in international research projects in wastewater collection systems, both as leader (SP6-SCORe-ARC- LP0882016, Australia) and participant (ARC LP0454182, Australia).

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Josep Pueyo
PostDoctoral Researcher

Natalia Sergienko
Predoctoral Researcher

Silvia Busquets
Research Technician

Laura Castañares
Research Technician

Adrià Riu
Research Technician

Sadurní Morera
Research Technician

Miquel Farreras
Research Technician

Ian Zammit
Research Technician

Alexandra Popartan
Research Technician