Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

C/ Tulipán s/n, 28933 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain

Role in the project:

WP2: Advanced oxidation technologies for the removal of CEC, ARB&ARGs and toxicity from secondary-treated wastewater effluents; Design/construction of pilot plants to be tested in India (optimum technologies); Optimization of the operation of the Indian pilot plants. WP3: WP Deputy leader: EU co-coordinator of all Drinking Water activities; Design of FAU and TJC prototypes Evaluation of the prototypes; Prototypes assessment under Indian field conditions.


Prof. Javier Marugán, Ph.D.

WP2 Deputy Leader

Javier is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Analytical Laboratory (LAGUA) at URJC. He has been visiting researcher at the Institut für Technische Chemie (Hanover University, Germany), Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Industria Química (Santa Fe, Argentina), Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain), School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials (Newcastle University, United Kingdom), School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Harvard University, United States) and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States). He has been working in photocatalytic processes for 20 years, especially in the synthesis of catalytic materials, their application to the photocatalytic oxidation of pollutants and the inactivation of microorganisms and the modelling and scaling-up of photocatalytic processes. His significant experience on the mechanistic modelling of disinfection processes and the multiphysics simulation of photoactivated processes is the focus of his participation as leader investigator of URJC in the European Projects PCATDES, WATERSPOUTT and PANIWATER and as coordinator of the Water JPI European Project MOTREM and the MSCA-ITN-EID REWATERGY. In the framework of more than 30 research projects, Prof. Marugán has supervised 80 undergraduate and master thesis (12 international students), 12 PhD theses and 10 post-doctoral researchers. He is co-author of one patent and his scientific outcome has been published in 10 book chapters, more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor and more than 180 contributions to international congresses.

Dr. Cristina Pablos, Ph.D.


Cristina Pablos is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Rey Juan Carlos University; and responsible for the biological assays of Water Analytical Laboratory (LAGUA) at the same University. She has been visiting researcher at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California (Riverside, USA); Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Industria Química (Santa Fe, Argentina); NIBEC (Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre) building, Engineering Research Institute (ERI), School of Engineering, University of Ulster (Jordanstown Campus, Newtownabbey, Belfast, UK); and BioTeC+ (Chemical and Biochemical Process Technology and Control), KU Leuven (Gent, Belgium). She has been working in photocatalytic processes for 10 years, especially in wastewater disinfection with reusing purposes.

Dr. Cintia Casado, Ph.D.


Cintia Casado is Assistant Professor at URJC. She received a Ph.D degree in 2017 with her research work focused on the CFD modelling of photocatalytic reactors. In 2015, she did 3-months research stay at MIT, where she worked with the open source CFD tool OpenFoam. In 2016, she did a 3-months research stay at Cambridge University, focused on the simulation of the nucleation and growth processes that occurs in silver nanoparticles formation in microreactor systems. She has a wide range of experience in kinetic modelling and photoreactor design. As a result of this research work, she has been involved in 6 research projects, 10 scientific journals have been published, and more than 30 contributions to scientific national and international congresses have been accepted. She has also been supervisor of 12 undergraduate students and master thesis.

Dr. Miguel Martín Sómer, Ph.D.


Miguel Martín Sómer is Assistant Professor at URJC. He received his Ph. D. degree in 2019 from his work in the optimization of photocatalytic processes, focusing mainly on the lighting sources. During this period, Miguel specialized in the design and construction of LED driven photochemical reactors for different photoactivated processes that allow both the evaluation of operational variables and their optimization.