Functional Units | Water Treatment

The staff of the research group is also part of the group of the Andalusian Research Plan (PAI) "Bioprocess Engineering and Water Technologies, BIO263" created in 1999 within the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Almería (UAL). During these years, the group has increased its scientific activity in the field of biotechnology of microalgae, in the fermentation of filamentous fungi and, currently, in the purification and decontamination of water contaminated with persistent toxics. There is a close collaboration with the group "Analytical evaluation of water treatment and environmental analysis", complementing and strengthening the main lines of current work.



Study of solar photocatalysis for the removal of toxic substances and water disinfection and its combination with advanced biological methods. The strategic lines of action are:

  • Use of solar photo-Fenton for decontamination of toxic water
  • Use of solar photo-Fenton for micropolluant removal from treated wastewater
  • Use of solar photo-Fenton for wastewater disinfection
  • Combination of solar photo-Fenton and membrane bioreactor (pre-and post-treatment)
  • Optimization of the operation and development of new technology for photo-Fenton
  • Water treatment economics



José Antonio Sánchez Pérez  -  Scopus Author ID 7006076735

Full Professor. Department of Engineering. Degree in Chemical Engineering by Univ. of Granada (1988); PhD by the Univ. of Granada (1992). He has been involved in 15 research projects (European and Spanish projects) and has leaded 8 of them. 12 Research contracts with private companies most of them related with the development of Solar Technologies applied to wastewater treatment. He has directed 14 PhD theses in different fields such as biotechnology of microalgae, filamentous fungi fermentation and water treatment, co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed international papers.


Manuel Ignacio Maldonado Rubio -  Scopus Author ID: 7102035826

Degree in Chemistry by Univ. of Granada (1994); PhD by the Univ. of Almería (2001). Master in Environmental Sciences by the Instituto de Investigaciones Ecológicas (Málaga, 1999). Working for CIEMAT since 2002. Scientific production summary: co-authored more than 96 paper-reviewed international publications (h index 35), co-author of 6 books as well as 20 chapters in others, 120 communications to international congresses and 4 communications to national congresses. He has involved in 12 European Union research projects (4th, 5th and 6th Framework Programmes), 9 National research projects and 4 R&D Contracts with private companies related with the development of Solar Technologies applied to wastewater treatment.