Dr. Inmaculada Polo

Telephone: +34950387800 Ext. 987

Water Solar Treatment
Plataforma Solar de Almería
Carretera de Senés, km 4
Tabernas, E-04200 Almería

Research interest
Dr. Polo-López scientific career is focused in the field of Advanced Oxidation Technologies; Solar Photocatalytic Removal of Microorganisms in Water; Solar photo-degradation of waterborne pathogens. His scientific interest is also focused on the reuse of treated water for activities such as agriculture. Furthermore, she develops methodologies for working with microorganisms such as the use of real-time PCR. The main expertise of Dr. Polo-López is photocatalytic disinfection of water.

Track record
Dr. Polo-López is author of 47 publications in indexed international journals, author of a book and co-authored of other 9 book chapters. She has 80 contributions to different International Congress and Symposiums. She has collaborated with more than 25 undergraduate students in the field of solar photocatalytic disinfection of water. She has been involved in 15 research projects (National and International). She has co-tutored 1 PhD thesis.

Scientific articles:

  1. M. Castro-Alférez, M. I. Polo-López, J. Marugán, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Validation of a solar-thermal water disinfection model for Escherichia coli inactivation in pilot scale solar reactors and real conditions. Chemical Engineering Journal 331 (2018) 831–840. IF: 5.310
  2. JA.Garrido-Cardenas, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller-Alberola. Advanced microbial analysis for wastewater quality monitoring: metagenomics trend. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. DOI 10.1007/s00253-017-8490-3 (2017)
  3. M. I. Polo-López, M. Castro-Alférez, S. Nahim-Granados, S. Malato, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Legionella jordanis inactivation in water by solar driven processes: EMA-qPCR versus culture-based analyses for new mechanistic insights. Catalysis Today 287 (2017) 15–21. IF: 4.636
  4. A. Ruiz-Aguirre, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, G. Zaragoza. Integration of Membrane Distillation with solar photo-Fenton for purification of water contaminated with Bacillus sp. and Clostridium sp. Spores. Science of the Total Environment 595 (2017) 110–118. IF: 4.900
  5. A. Bianco, M.I. Polo López, P. Fernández Ibañez, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot. Disinfection of water inoculated with Enterococcus faecalis using solar/Fe(III)EDDS-H2O2 or S2O82- process. Water Research 118 (2017) 249-260. IF: 6.942
  6. Y. Aguas, M. Hincapie, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M. I. Polo-López. Solar photocatalytic disinfection of agricultural pathogenic fungi (Curvularia sp.) in real urban wastewater. Science of the Total Environment 607–608 (2017) 1213–1224. IF: 4.900
  7. M. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López, J. Marugán, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Mechanistic modeling of UV and mild-heat synergistic effect on solar water disinfection. Chemical Engineering Journal. 316 (2017) 111–120. IF: 5.310
  8. A. Yoosefi Booshehri, M.I. Polo-Lopez, M. Castro-Alférez, P. He, R. Xu, W. Rong, S. Malato, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Assessment of solar photocatalysis using Ag/BiVO4at pilot solar Compound Parabolic Collector for inactivation of pathogens in well water and secondary effluents. Catalysis Today, 281 (2017) 124–134. IF: 4.312
  9. M.J. Abeledo-Lameiroa, A. Reboredo-Fernández, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, E. Ares-Mazás, H. Gómez-Couso. Photocatalytic inactivation of the waterborne protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum using TiO2/H2O2 under simulated and natural solar conditions, Catalysis Today, 280 (2017) 132–138. IF: 4.312
  10. M. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Intracellular mechanisms of solar water disinfection. Nature Scientific Reports, 6:38145 (2016), DOI: 10.1038/srep38145 IF: 5.525
  11. V. Aurioles-López, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, A. López-Malo, E.R. Bandala.  Effect of iron salt counter ion in dose response curves for inactivation of Fusarium solani in water through solar driven Fenton-like processes. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 91 (2016) 46-52, IF: 3.334
  12. S. Malato, M.I. Maldonado, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López, R. Sánchez-Moreno. Decontamination and disinfection of water by solar photocatalysis: The pilot plants of the Plataforma Solar de Almeria. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 42 (2016) 15-23. IF: 3.325
  13. S. Giannakis, M.I. Polo-López, D. Spuhler, J.A. Sánchez-Pérez, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, C. Pulgarin. Solar disinfection is an augmentable, in situ-generated photo-Fenton reaction - Part 1: A review of bacterial inactivation by hv/H2O2/Fe, at near-neutral pH. Applied Cataysis B: Environmental, 199 (2016) 431-446. IF: 8.320
  14. S. Giannakis, M.I. Polo-López, D. Spuhler, J.A. Sánchez-Pérez, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, C. Pulgarin. Solar disinfection is an augmentable, in situ-generated photo-Fenton reaction - Part 2: A review of the applications for drinking water and wastewater disinfection. Applied Cataysis B: Environmental, 199 (2016) 199-223. IF: 8.320
  15. G. Ferro, M.I. Polo-López, A.B. Martínez-Piernas, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, A. Agüera, L. Rizzo. Cross-Contamination of Residual Emerging Contaminants and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Lettuce Crops and Soil Irrigated with Wastewater Treated by Sunlight/H2O2. Environmental Science Technology, 49 (2015) 11096-11104. IF=5.393
  16. G. Ferro, M. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López,  L. Rizzo, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Urban wastewater disinfection for agricultural reuse: effect of solar driven AOPs in the inactivation of a multidrug resistant E. coli strain. Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental, 178 (2015) 65-73. IF: 8.320
  17. J.A. Byrne, P.S.M. Dunlop, J.W.J. Hamilton, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López, P.K. Sharma, A.S. Vennard. A Review of Heterogeneous Photocatalysis for Water and Surface Disinfection. Molecules, 20 (2015) 5574-5615. IF: 2.465
  18. A. Fiorentino, G. Ferro, M. Castro-Alferez, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibañez, L. Rizzo. Inactivation and regrowth of multidrug resistant bacteria in urban wastewater after disinfection by solar-driven and chlorination processes. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 148 (2015) 43-50. IF: 3.035
  19. M.B. Keogh, M. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López, I. Fernández Calderero, Y.A. Al-Eryani, C. Joseph-Titus, B. Sawant, R. Dhodapkar, C. Mathur, K.G. McGuigan, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Capability of 19-L polycarbonate plastic water cooler containers for efficient solar water disinfection (SODIS): Field case studies in India, Bahrain and Spain. Solar Energy, 116 (2015) 1-11. IF: 3.685
  20. García-Fernández, I. Fernández-Calderero, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Disinfection of urban effluents using solar TiO2 photocatalysis: A study of significance of dissolved oxygen, temperature, type of microorganism and water matrix. Catalysis Today, 240 (2015) 30 -38. IF: 4.312
  21. P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López, S. Malato, S. Wadhwa, J.W.J. Hamilton, P.S.M. Dunlop, R. D’Sa, E. Magee, K. O’Shea, D.D. Dionysiou, J.A. Byrne. Solar Photocatalytic Disinfection of Water using Titanium Dioxide Graphene Composites. Chemical Engineering Journal, 261 (2015) 36-44. IF: 5.310
  22. A. Ruiz-Aguirre, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, G. Zaragoza. Assessing the validity of solar membrane distillation for disinfection of contaminated water. Desalination and Water Treatment, (2015), 55 (10) 2792-2799. JCR 2014: IF=1.173 (75/134 Eng, Chem.)
  23. S. Miralles-Cuevas, L. Prieto-Rodríguez, E. De Torres-Socías, M.I. Polo-López,  P. Fernández-Ibañez,  I. Oller , S. Malato. Strategies for hydrogen peroxide dosing based on dissolved oxygen concentration for solar photo-Fenton treatment of complex wastewater. Global NEST Journal, 16 (3), 553-560, 2014. JCR 2014: IF= 0.468 (212/221 Env. Sci.)
  24. M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, M. Castro-Alferez, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Assessment of solar photo-Fenton, photocatalysis, and H2O2 for removal of phytophatogen fungi spores in synthetic and real effluents of urban wastewater. Chemical Engineering Journal, 257 (2014) 122–130. JCR 2014: IF=4.321 (9/134 Eng, Chem.)
  25. D.A. Keane, K.G. McGuigan, P. Fernández Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López, A.J. Byrne,  P.S.M. Dunlop, K. O’Shea, D.D. Dionysiou,  S.C. Pillai. Solar photocatalysis for water disinfection: Materials and reactor design. Energy and Environmental Science (Review). 2014. DOI: 10.1039/c4cy00006d
  26. J. Rodríguez-Chueca, M.I. Polo-López, R. Mosteo, M.P. Ormad, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Disinfection of urban wastewater effluents (real and simulated) using mild solar photo-Fenton.  Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 150-151 (2014) 619-629. JCR 2014: IF= 7.435 (1/47 Eng, Env)
  27. S. Helali, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, B. Ohtani, F. Amano, S. Malato, C. Guillard. Solar photocatalysis: A green technology for E. coli contaminated water disinfection. Effect of concentration and different types of suspended catalyst. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 276 (2013) 31– 40. JCR 2013: IF=2.29 (62/136 Chem. Phys)
  28. M. Agulló-Barceló, M.I. Polo-López, F. Lucena, J. Jofre, P. Fernandez-Ibañez. Solar Advanced Oxidation Processes as disinfection tertiary treatments for real wastewater: implications for water reclamation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 136-137 (2013) 341-350. JCR 2013: IF= 6.007 (1/46 Eng, Env)
  29. A. Turki, H Kochkar, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, C. Guillard, G. Berhault, I. García-Fernández, M.I. Polo-López, A. Ghorbel. Photocatalytic Inactivation of Fusarium Using Suspended TiO2 Nanomaterials in the Presence or not of Formic Acid. Catalysis Today. 209 (2013) 145-152. JCR 2013: IF=3.309 (15/133 Chem. Eng)
  30. M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Benefits of photo-Fenton at low concentrations for solar disinfection of distilled water. A case study: Phytophthora capsici. Cat Today. 209 (2013) 181-187. JCR 2013: IF=3.309 (15/133 Chem. Eng)
  31. F. Bichai, M.I. Polo Lopez; P. Fernández Ibañez. Solar disinfection of wastewater to reduce contamination of lettuce crops by E. coli in reclaimed. Wat Res. 46 (2012) 6040-6050. JCR 2012: IF= 4.655 (3/42 Eng, Env)
  32. E. Ortega-Gómez, P. Fernández Ibáñez, M. M. Ballesteros Martín, M.I. Polo López, B. Esteban García, J. A. Sánchez Pérez. Water disinfection using photo-Fenton: Effect of temperature on Enterococcus faecalis survival. Wat Res. 46 (2012) 6154-6162. JCR 2012: IF= 4.655 (3/42 Eng, Env)
  33. D.M.A. Alrousan, M.I. Polo-López, P.S.M. Dunlop, P. Fernandez-Ibañez, J.A. Byrne. Solar Photocatalytic Disinfection of Water with Immobilised Titanium Dioxide in Re-circulating Flow CPC Reactors. App Cat B: Environ. 128 (2012) 126-134. JCR 2012: IF=5.825 (1/42 Eng, Env)
  34. García-Fernández, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Bacteria and fungi inactivation using Fe3+/sunlight, H2O2/sunlight and near neutral photo-Fenton: a comparative study. App Cat B: Environ, 121-122 (2012) 20-29. JCR 2012: IF=5.825 (1/42 Eng, Env)
  35. M.I. Polo-López, I. García-Fernández, T. Velegraki, A. Katsoni, I. Oller, D. Mantzavinos, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Mild solar photo-Fenton: an effective tool for the removal of Fusarium from simulated municipal effluents. App Cat B: Environ, 111-112 (2012) 545-554. JCR 2012: IF=5.825 (1/42 Eng, Env)
  36. M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, E. Ubomba-Jaswa, C. Navntoftc, I. García-Fernández, P.S.M. Dunlop, M. Schmid, J.A. Byrne, K.G. McGuigan. Elimination of water pathogens with solar radiation using an automated sequential batch CPC reactor, Journal of Hazardous Materials 196 (2011) 16– 21. JCR 2011: IF= 4.173 (6/44 Eng, Env)
  37. M.I. Polo-López, I. García-Fernández, I. Oller, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Solar disinfection of fungal spores in water aided by low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 10, 2011, 381-388. JCR 2011: IF= 2.584 (166/287 Biochem & molecular biology)
  38. E. Ubomba-Jaswa, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, C. Navntoft, M.I. Polo-López, K.G. McGuigan. Investigating the microbial inactivation efficiency of a 25 L batch solar disinfection (SODIS) reactor enhanced with a compound parabolic collector (CPC) for household use, J Chem. Techn. & Biotech., 2010, 85, 1028-1037. JCR 2010: IF= 1.818 (N/D, Biotech& App. Microbiology)
  39. M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, I. García-Fernández, I. Oller, I. Salgado-Tránsito, C. Sichel. Resistance of Fusarium sp spores to solar TiO2 photocatalysis: influence of spore type and water (scaling-up results), Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 2010, 85, 1038-1048. JCR 2010: IF= 1.818 (N/D, Biotech& App. Microbiology)
  40. P. Fernández-Ibáñez, C. Sichel, M.I. Polo-López, M. de Cara-García, J. C. Tello. Photocatalytic disinfection of natural well water contaminated with Fusarium solani using TiO2 slurry in solar CPC photo-reactors, Catalysis Today, 144, 62-68, 2009. JCR 2009: IF= 3.526 (5/125 Eng, Chem.)
  41. E. Ubomba-Jaswa, C. Navntoft, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, K.G. McGuigan, Solar disinfection of drinking water (SODIS): An investigation of the effect of UVA dose on inactivation efficiency, Photochem. Photobiol. Sciences, 8(5), 587-595, 2009. JCR 2009: IF=2.708 (133/281 Biochem. & Molecular biology)

Books and book chapters

  1. G. Ferro, M.I. Polo-López, and P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Conventional and New Processes for Urban Wastewater Disinfection: Effect on Emerging and Resistant Microorganisms. D. Fatta-Kassinos et al. (eds.), Advanced Treatment Technologies for Urban Wastewater Reuse, Hdb Env Chem (2016) 45: 107–128, DOI 10.1007/698_2015_390, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  2. Isabel Oller, Inmaculada Polo-López, Sara Miralles-Cuevas, Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez, and Sixto Malato. Advanced Technologies for Emerging Contaminants Removal in Urban Wastewater. D. Fatta-Kassinos et al. (eds.), Advanced Treatment Technologies for Urban Wastewater Reuse, Hdb Env Chem (2016) 45: 107–128, DOI 10.1007/698_2015_390, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  3. S. Malato, M.I. Maldonado, P. Fernández, I. Oller, M.I. Polo, Decontamination of water by solar irradiation. Chapter 1 in 'Advanced Oxidation Technologies - Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Treatments' M. Litter, R.J. Candal, and J. M. Meichtry eds. Chapter CRC press Taylor & Francis Group. In press, 2014, pp. 1-18.
  4. M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, I. Oller. Inactivación de fitopatógenos presentes en agua mediante fotocatálisis solar. Colección Documentos CIEMAT. 2013, ISBN 978-84-7834-7094.
  5. S. Malato, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M. I. Maldonado, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López. Photocatalysis solar pilot plants. Commercially available reactors. Photocatalysis and water purification. From fundamentals to recent applications. First Edition.pp. 377 - 397 (In press).Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2013.
  6. M. I. Polo-López, I. García-Fernández, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Solar technologies for plant microbial pathogens inactivation on water. Antimicrobial Research Book. Formatex Research Center.  Volume 1, pag. 282-290, 2011.