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


Researchers



Joaquim Comas
Research Professor (UdG Associated)
jcomas@icra.cat

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 (www.sisltech.net) focused on intelligent solutions for waste, wastewater and water management.

 


Lluís Corominas
Research Scientist 

lcorominas@icra.cat

I earned a BsC and PhD on environmental sciences and a postgraduate on environmental engineering from the University of Girona (Spain). I held a postdoctoral appointment at Université Laval (Québec, Canada) before joining the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA, Spain).

I am a scientist with expertise in the holistic analysis of urban water systems. My research focuses on understanding water and pollutant dynamics in sewers, wastewater treatment plants and rivers to improve ecosystems and human health. I am an expert in monitoring, modelling and control and I am passionate about sustainability and resilience assessment. My main current research activity relates to wastewater-based epidemiology through the following projects: SCOREwater (https://www.icra.cat/projectes/smart-city-observatories-implement-resilient/135), ESAR-NET (https://www.esarnet.es/), SCHEME (http://www.icra.cat/projects/scheme-sewage-chemical-information-mining/150), SARSAIGUA (https://sarsaigua.icra.cat/) and VIRWASTE.

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Oriol Gutiérrez
Postdoc Researcher

ogutierrez@icra.cat

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
jpueyo@icra.cat


Adrià Riu
Research Technician
ariu@icra.cat


Silvia Busquets
Research Technician
sbusquets@icra.cat


Ian Zammit
Research Technician
izammit@icra.cat


Neus Collado
Research Technician
ncollado@icra.cat


David Martínez
Research Technician 

Contract financed by the Spanish State Research Agency of the Ministry of Science and Innovation and by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the CLEAN-TOUR project. Code: CTM2017-85385-C2-1-R (AEI / FEDER, EU).
dmartinez@icra.cat


Roser Brugués
Research Technician
rbrugues@icra.cat


 Aina Cuixart
 Research Technician
 acuixart@icra.cat


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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