Engineering and Simulation of Environmental Processes Group
2021 SGR 00321
GESPA’s research is focused on the topics of environmental sustainability from a transversal perspective. GESPA is a consolidated research group by the Catalan Government (2021 SGR 00321) and consists of a multidisciplinary team of scientists who combine chemical engineering, biotechnology and advanced chemical analysis with a theoretical-experimental approach to improve the sustainability of our society.
The aim is to respond to the current challenges of society: climate change and decarbonization, water scarcity, circular economy and sustainability.
The main research lines of the group are:
- Mitigation of the impact of greenhouse gases. Capture and conversion of CO2 through adsorption, catalysis, plasma and radiofrequency processes. Study of the recovery and reuse of fluorinated gases using new alternative solvents and adsorption.
- Sustainable technologies for water reuse. Development of new advanced oxidation, adsorption, biological and membrane processes focusing on the elimination of persistent and emerging organic pollutants and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Circular economy and energy sustainability. Prediction of the formation of dioxins in waste recovery processes, analysis of the impact of electrification on the automotive industry and development of new materials and applications from agro-industrial waste.
- Sustainability analysis and process enhancement. Use of different tools such as life cycle analysis (LCA), process simulation and computational fluid dynamics for environmental process enhancement. Application of flow chemistry for the improvement and optimization of the sustainability and safety of chemical processes.
- Analysis of emerging and persistent contaminants. Analysis in different environmental matrices of pharmaceutical compounds and persistent organic pollutants, as well as other emerging substances such as cyanotoxins and microplastics. Development and application of omics and chemometric techniques for the study of the effects of pollution.
- Environmental microbiology. Analysis of pathogenic microorganisms, detection of bacteria and resistance genes by molecular biology and qPCR, respirometry assays, toxicity and biodegradability tests.
In this environment, GESPA carries out its RD and technology transfer activities in the following areas:
- Molecular and process modelling
- Development and application of advanced equations of state (SAFT) for thermophysical characterization of solvents and fluids of interest.
- Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Process simulations (Aspen Hysys) and life cycle analysis (LCA)
- Analytical techniques
- Analytical determination of persistent organic pollutants (dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls, flame retardants, etc.)
- Application to the monitoring of degradation processes and the establishment of levels in environmental and food matrices
- Gas Chromatograph (HRGC) coupled to High Resolution Mass Spectrometer (HRMS)
- Gas Chromatographs (HRGC) with flame ionisation detector (FID) and electron capture detector (ECD)
Rafael González Olmos, PhD
Maria Auset Vallejo, PhD
Mª Victoria Codera Pastor, PhD
Dr. Jordi Díaz Ferrero
Javier Fernández García, PhD
Ms Montse Gasser Rubinat
Cristian Gómez Canela, PhD
Mr Ramon Martí Ibáñez
Ms Mª Jesús Montaña Castillo
Xavier Ortiz Almirall, PhD
Damià Palmer Comas, PhD
Josep Oriol Pou Ibar, PhD
Ms Elena Ulanova
Fèlix Llovell, PHD
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Anett Georgi, PHD
UFZ Centre for Environmental Research
Jordi Pujol, Mr
Demetrio Raldúa, PHD
Carlos Barata, PHD
Rene Shahmohamadloo, PHD
University of Guelph
Daniel Beach, PHD
National Research Council of Canada
Prof. Kwang Choy
University College London
Enrico Andreoli, PHD
Selina Ambrosi, PHD
Xavier Mundet, Mr
Humbert Salvadó, PHD
Universitat de Barcelona