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Damià Barcelò  l   Directo
Research Professor (CSIC Associated)
direccio@icra.cat l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80


1984                PhD in Chemistry. Faculty of Chemistry. University of Barcelona (Spain)

1977                Master Degree in Analytical Chemistry. Faculty of Chemistry/University of Barcelona/Spain

1975                Bachelors’ Degree in Chemistry. Faculty of Chemistry/University of Barcelona/Spain


1999 – to date Full Professor (permanent staff).          Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA). Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain.

2008 – to date  Scientific Director. Institute for Water Research (ICRA). Autonomous Government of Catalonia. Girona, Spain.

2016 – to date  Full Professor Chair in Biology. College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Distinguished Scientist Fellowship Program (DSFP).


2009 – 2015    Visiting professor. College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1993 – 1999     Senior Researcher (permanent staff). Institute of Chemical and Environmental Studies (IIQAB), CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

1987 – 1993     Tenured Researcher (permanent staff). Institute of Chemical and Environmental Studies (IIQAB), CSIC, Spain

1985 – 1986    Postdoctoral fellow (NATO fellowship). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1982 – 1985    Assistant Professor.     Dept. of Analytical Chemistry. Faculty of Chemistry. University of Barcelona, Spain.

1977 – 1985    Assistant professor (laboratory assistant and PhD student).      Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Spain.


2019      Honorary and Guest Professor at Zhejiang A & F University, Hangzhou, China

2014      Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Ioannina, Greece.

2012      Recipharm Environmental Award, Sweden

2012      Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), 5th Award on Water Management & Protection, Saudi Arabia.

2007      Prize King Jaime I on the Protection of Nature from Generalitat of Valencia, Spain (since 1995, one of the most prestigious science awards in Spain).


1992 – to date > 57 PhD thesis supervised, mainly in Spain except two in Lisbon and in Amsterdam.

1992 – to date > 30 postdoctoral researchers supervised, mainly in Spain


2005 – to date  Teacher annually at the world largest conference and exhibition in Analytical chemistry, the Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) with an advanced short course on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for analysing emerging contaminants

2005 – 2008    Short course at the SETAC North America conference annually.

2000 – 2008     Doctorate Program of Chemical Analysis and Environment, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona (Spain)

1977 – 1985     Assistant Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona (Spain)


2005 – to date  Program Chair/co-chair of the International Workshop on Liquid Chromatography-tandem mass Spectrometry for screening and trace level quantitation in environmental and food samples.   Held one year in Barcelona and the next year either in US/Canada, being always the chair in Barcelona and co-chair in North America (Attendees: 150)

2015                Program Co-Chair of SETAC-Europe 25 “Annual Meeting 2015” in Barcelona, Spain. (Attendees: 2700)

2010 – to date  Program chair of different sessions on fate and risk pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminates in the aquatic environment organized at both SETAC Europe and SETAC North America. (Attendees: 100)


2008 – to date Director. Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). Autonomous Government of Catalonia. Girona, Spain.

2008 – to date  Vice-director of Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA)/ Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

2004 – 2008     Member of the Governing Board of CSIC.

1999 – 2008     Head of Environmental Chemistry Department, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

2005 – 2006     Member of the National Commission for the Evaluation of the Research Activity (CNEAI), Ministry of Education and Sciences. Spain.


2011 – 2015    Chairman of the Scientific and Technological Board (STB) of the EU-Joint Programming Initiative on “Water challenges for a changing World”

2004 – 2007    Member of the EURYI (European Young Investigator Awards) from ESF.

2004 – 2009     Member of the Scientific PPR Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

2002 – 2005     Vice-President of the Section of Science and Technology, Institut d´Estudis Catalans.

1999 – 2001     Member of the Scientific Program Groundwater Pollution (G-POLL) of the European Science Foundation.


1987 – to date  Member of ACS (American Chemical Society)

1999 – to date  Member of IEC (Institute of Catalan Studies)

2000 – to date  Member of SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry)

2005 – to date  Member of ASMS (American Society for Mass Spectrometry)

2006 – 2014    Chair of the SEEM (Spanish Society for Mass Spectrometry)

1990 – 2002     Secretary of the IAEAC “International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry” (Allschwill, Switzerland)

  • Prof. Susan Richardson, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Prof. John Sumpter, Brunel University London, UK
  • Prof. Bryan W. Brooks, Baylor University Texas, USA
  • Prof. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Prof. Thomas Knepper, Hochschule Fresenius, Germany
  • Prof. György Marko-Varga, Lund University, Sweden
  • Prof. Werner Brack, UFZ – Leipzig, Germany
  • Prof. Michael Thurman, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Prof. Tania Maria Pizzolato, University Río Grande do sud, Brasil
  • Prof. Peter Grathwohl, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Prof. Amadeo Rodríguez Fernández-Alba, Universidad de Almería, Spain
  • Prof. Xiangliang Pan, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
  • Prof. Haibo Zhang, Zhejiang A & F University, Hangzhou, China

Ten years’ track-record

My scientific career has been dedicated to Environmental Chemistry with the aim to solve different environmental problems in the field of water quality. My most important contributions have been particularly in the development of methods for controlling organic pollution by the so-called “emerging pollutants” (polar pesticides, surfactants –detergents–, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical products, illicit drugs and carbon-based nanomaterials (fullerenes)) in waste and natural water. During the last ten years my group has obtained key results at international level that have provided valuable monitoring data for risk assessment of surface, waste waters and ground waters as well as have provided advanced results on risk and remediation studies for emerging pollutants. We are confident that these results have served as the basis for a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable aquatic environment. Since 2010 I am listed among the most internationally cited scientists (ISI Highly Cited), by the number and the exceptional quality of my publications, with a Hirsch-Index of 141 (113) and total number of citations over 92,7 thousand (> 62 k) and more than 1380 publications (source Google Scholar on the 07/10/2019, Scopus in parenthesis). I have been very active as a Scientific Editor. Since 1990s, I have been contributing editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry (TrAC) and editor of two book series (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry and The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry). Since 2012 I am the Co-Editor-in-chief of the Science of the Total Environment and  since 2017 Editor in chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health.



Radjenović, J., Petrović, M., Barceló, D.Fate and distribution of pharmaceuticals in wastewater and sewage sludge of the conventional activated sludge (CAS) and advanced MBR treatment”. Water Research, 43(3) (2009) pp. 831-841. Cited 543 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 4.355)

Jelic, A., Gros, M., Ginebreda, A., Cespedes-Sánchez, R., Ventura, F., Petrovic, M., Barcelo, D.Occurrence, partition and removal of pharmaceuticals in sewage water and sludge during wastewater treatment”. Water Research, 45(3) (2011), pp. 1165-1176. Cited 388 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 4.865)

Gros, M., Petrović, M., Ginebreda, A., Barceló, D.Removal of pharmaceuticals during wastewater treatment and environmental risk assessment using hazard indexes”. Environment International, 36(1), (2010), pp. 15-26. Cited 377 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 4.691)

Farré, M.l., Pérez, S., Kantiani, L., Barceló, D.Fate and toxicity of emerging pollutants, their metabolites and transformation products in the aquatic environment”. TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 27(11) (2008), pp. 991-1007. (review paper) Cited 303 times (IF: 4.355)

Radjenović, J., Petrović, M., Ventura, F., Barceló, D.Rejection of pharmaceuticals in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membrane drinking water treatment”. Water Research, 42(14) (2008), pp. 3601-3610. Cited 253 times (IF: 3.587)

Radjenovic, J., Petrovic, M., Barceló, D.Analysis of pharmaceuticals in wastewater and removal using a membrane bioreactor”. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 387(4) (2008), pp. 1365-1377. Cited 240 times (IF: 3.328)

Kuster, M., López de Alda, M.J., Hernando, M.D., Petrovic, M., Martín-Alonso, J., Barceló, D. Analysis and occurrence of pharmaceuticals, oestrogens, progestogens and polar pesticides in sewage treatment plant effluents, river water and drinking water in the Llobregat river basin (Barcelona, Spain)” Journal of Hydrology, 358(1-2) (2008), pp. 112-123. Cited 234 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 2.305)

Verlicchi, P., Galletti, A., Petrovic, M., Barceló, D. Hospital effluents as a source of emerging pollutants: An overview of micropollutants and sustainable treatment options”. Journal of Hydrology, 389(3-4) (2010), pp. 416-428. Cited 221 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 2.514)

Gros, M., Petrović, M., Barceló, D.Tracing pharmaceutical residues of different therapeutic classes in environmental waters by using LC/quadrupole-linear ion trap mass spectrometry and automated library searching”. Analytical Chemistry, 81(3) (2009), pp. 898-912. Cited 212 times (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 5.214)

Gros, M., Rodríguez-Mozaz, S., Barceló, D. Fast and comprehensive multi-residue analysis of a broad range of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and some of their metabolites in surface and treated waters by ultra-HPLC coupled to quadrupole-linear ion trap MS (2012) Journal of Chromatography A, 1248, pp. 104-121. Cited 189 times. (WoS: Highly Cited Paper) (IF: 4.612)


Rivas, D.; Zonja, B.; Eichhorn, P.; Ginebreda, A.; Pérez, S.; Barceló, D., “Using MALDI-TOF MS imaging and LC-HRMS for the investigation of the degradation of polycaprolactone diol exposed to different wastewater treatments. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2017),1-11.

Zonja, B., Delgado, A., Pérez, S. and Barceló, D., “LC-HRMS Suspect Screening for Detection Based Prioritization of Iodinated Contrast Media Photodegradates in Surface Waters”. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49 (2015), 3464-3472.

Zonja, B., Pérez, S. and Barceló, D., “Human Metabolite Lamotrigine-N2-glucuronide Is the Principal Source of Lamotrigine-Derived Compounds in Wastewater Treatment Plants and Surface Water”. Environ. Sci. Technol., 50 (2016), 154-164.


  1. Personal Care Products in the Aquatic Environment Vol 36. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Ed Silvia Diaz-Cruz and D Barceló, 2015 Springer Verlag (Germany) pages 1-419.


More than 200 invited talks in the last 10 years. Some of the recent ones most relevants:

Zhejiang  University of Technology, ZUT, Hangzhou, China, 2019

Emerging contaminants and Microplastics in Water Reuse  and Plant Uptake.

International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances (ISPTS), 2016, Leipzig, Germany:

Smart Suspect Screening and Related HRMS Approaches for Detection of Pharmaceuticals and their Transformation products in Real-World Water samples

VII Congreso AMEQA (Asociacion Mesoamericana de Ecotoxicologia y Quimica Ambiental),2016, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Fate and Risk of Pesticides, Pharmaceuticals, Illicit Drugs and Personal Care Products in the Iberian River Basins of Ebro and LLobregat: Challenges and Solutions using Advanced Treatment Technologies in Europe

11th Annual Workshop on LC/MS/MS Applications in Environmental Analysis and Food Safety

2015, Burlington, Ontario, Canada:

LC-tandem MS and LC-HRMS Strategies for the Analysis of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water, Soil and Biota Samples

16th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies-ExTech 2014 Crete, Greece:

Analysis and Fate of Emerging Organic Pollutants: PFAs, FRs, UV-filters and Fullerenes-Nanomaterials in Plastic Pellets, Fishes and Airborne Particulate from the Sea

29th Asilomar 2013 conference on Mass Spectrometry. Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Health, Asilomar, CA, USA:

LC tandem MS analysis, Characterisation, Fate and Risk of Fullerenes and Other Carbon-Based Nanomaterials in the Total Environment

EMCON Forum 2013, Kaohsiung, Taiwan:

Organic Compounds in Groundwater: Occurrence, Challenges and Trends

Major contributions to the early careers of excellent researchers;

57 PhD thesis supervised, most in Spain except two in Lisbon and in Amsterdam. Two  are full professors at CSIC-Barcelona (S Lacorte) and at the University of Maastricht (M Honing), the Netherlands. one is Associate Professor in Montpelier (S Chiron); one got an ERC starting grant (J Radjenovic). Three of them are tenured scientists (permanent staff) at CSIC-Barcelona (M Farre and S Perez) and at ICRA (S Rodriguez). Three of them got permanent jobs at the pharmaceutical industry in Norway, Switzerland and Canada (P Guerra, A Hildebrant, L Ferrando).C Postigo and M Llorca  got the   annual PhD Prize of the Fac

La Sotsdirecció dirigeix les tres àrees de recerca de l'ICRA
AI - Àrea de recerca de Recursos i Ecosistemes
AII - Àrea de recerca de Qualitat de l’Aigua
AIII - Àrea de recerca de Tecnologies i Avaluació


Sergi Sabater  l  Sotsdirector 
Research Professor (UdG Associated)
sotsdireccio@icra.cat  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80

Catedràtic d'Ecologia de la Universitat de Girona (UdG), la seva trajectòria investigadora se centra en l’ecologia dels ecosistemes fluvials, especialment en la funció dels biofilms, el metabolisme i funcionament dels sistemes fluvials, i els efectes del canvi global sobre els sistemes fluvials.


La Gerència dirigeix els Serveis de Suport a l'R+D+I

Iván Sánchez  l  Gerent
gerencia@icra.cat  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80

Nascut a Barcelona el 1970, llicenciat en Ciències Químiques, especialitat Enginyeria Química, per la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona l’any 1993.
Enginyer de processos en el Centre de Desenvolupament de Processos de Química Fina (CDPQF) del Laboratori General d’Assaigs i Investigacions (LGAI) de Catalunya des del 1995 fins al 1999. Gerent del CDPQF del LGAI des del 2000 fins al 2005.
Director de l’Àrea d’Indústria de la Divisió de Certificació d’Applus+ des del 2006 al 2007. Programa de Desarrollo Directivo (PDD) de l’IESE al 2007.
El 25 d’agost de 2008 es nombrat Gerent de l’ICRA.


Olga Corral  l   Secretària de Direcció
secretaria@icra.cat  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 34 15





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