Dr.ª Mª Inmaculada Polo López

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 development of national and international I+D research projects on the field of water disinfection by different Advanced Oxidation Technologies and Solar Photocatalytic and Photochemical process to treat water matrices from different sources. Her scientific interest is therefore focused on the achievement of a treated water with quality of drinking water and also regenerated urban wastewater for irrigation purposes.

Track record
Dr. Polo-López is author of 70 publications in indexed international journals (Orcid: 0000-0002-2505-721X), author of a book and co-authored of other 12 book chapters. She has more than 200 contributions to different International Congress and Symposiums. She has collaborated with more than 30 undergraduate students in the field of solar photocatalytic disinfection of water. She has been involved in more than fifteen research projects (National and International). She has supervised 1 PhD, co-supervised 1 PhD and currently is supervising 2 PhD under development. Scopus h-index: 31.


  1. 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, 199-223, 2016. JCR 2016: IF= 9.446 (1/49 Eng. Env.).
  2. 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, 431-446, 2016. JCR 2016: IF= 9.446 (1/49 Eng. Env.)
  1. 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, 15-23, 2016, JCR 2016: IF= 2.359 (97/262 Eng, elec&electro).
  2. 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, 46-52, 2016. JCR 2016: IF= 1.426 (118/188 Geosci. Multd.).
  3. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Intracellular mechanisms of solar water disinfection. Nature Scientific Reports, 6, 38145, 2016. JCR 2016: IF=4.259 (10/64 Multd. Sci.).
  4. J. Abeledo-Lameiro, 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, 132–138, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.667 (15/137 Eng. Env.).
  5. 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/BiVO4 at pilot solar Compound Parabolic Collector for inactivation of pathogens in well water and secondary effluents. Catalysis Today, 281, 124–134, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.667 (15/137 Eng. Env.).
  6. Castro-Alférez, M.I. Polo-López, J. Marugán, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Mechanistic model of the Escherichia coli inactivation by solar disinfection based on the photo-generation of internal ROS and the photo-inactivation of enzymes: CAT and SOD. Chemical Engineering Journal, 318 214–223, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=6.735 (7/137 Chem. Eng.)
  7. 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, 111–120, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=6.735 (7/137 Chem. Eng.).
  8. 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, 15–21, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.667 (15/137 Eng. Env.).
  9. 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, 110–118, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.900 (22/229 Env. Sci.).
  10. Bianco, M.I. PoloLópez, P. FernándezIbañez, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot. Disinfection of water inoculated with Enterococcus faecalis using solar/Fe(III)EDDS-H2O2 or S2O8 2- process. Water Research, 118, 249-260, 2017. JCR 2017: IF= 7.051 (9/241 Eng. Env.).
  11. 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, 1213–1224, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.900 (22/229 Env. Sci.).
  12. A. Garrido-Cardenas, M. I. Polo-López, I. Oller-Alberola. Advanced microbial analysis for wastewater quality monitoring: metagenomics trend. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 101, 7445-7458, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=3.340 (46/160 Biotech. & Applied microbial.).
  13. 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, 831–840, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=8.355 (6/138 Chem. Eng.).
  14. B. Martínez-Piernas, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, A. Agüera. Validation and application of a multiresidue method based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for evaluating the plant uptake of 74 microcontaminants in crops irrigated with treated municipal wastewater. Journal of Chromatography A, 1534, 10–21, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=3.858 (15/84 Chem. Anal.).
  15. F.F. Moreira, C. Narciso-da-Rocha, M. I. Polo-Lopez, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, J.L. Faria, C.M. Manaia, P. Fernandez-Ibañez, O.C. Nunes, A.M.T. Silva. Solar treatment (H2O2, TiO2-P25 and GO-TiO2 photocatalysis, photo-Fenton) of organic micropollutants, human pathogen indicators, antibiotic resistant bacteria and related genes in urban wastewater. Water Research, 135, 195-206, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=7.913 (3/252 Env. Eng.).
  16. Ponce-Robles, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, J.A. Garrido-Cardenas, S. Malato. Practical approach to the evaluation of industrial wastewater treatment by the application of advanced microbiological techniques. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 166, 123-131, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=4.527 (44/250 Env. Sci.).
  17. Nahim-Granados, M.I. Polo López, J. A. Sánchez Pérez. Effective solar processes in fresh-cut wastewater disinfection: inactivation of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enteritidis. Catalysis Today, 313, 79-85, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=4.888 (17/138 Chem. Eng.).
  18. Luigi Rizzo, Teresa Agovino, S. Nahim-Granados, M. Castro-Alferez, P. Fernandez-Ibañez, I. Polo-Lopez. Tertiary treatment of urban wastewater by solar and UV-C driven advanced oxidation with peracetic acid: Effect on contaminants of emerging concern and antibiotic resistance. Water Research,149, 272-281, 2019.
  19. B. Martínez-Piernas, S. Nahim-Granados, M.I. Polo-Lopez, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, S. Murgolo, G. Mascolo, A. Agüera. Identification of transformation products of carbamazepine in lettuce crops irrigated with Ultraviolet-C treated water. Environmental Pollution, 247, 1009-1019, 2019.
  20. Grilla, V. Matthaiou, Z. Frontistis, I. Oller, I. Polo, S. Malato, D. Mantzavinos. Degradation of antibiotic trimethoprim by the combined action of sunlight, TiO2 and persulfate: A pilot plant study. Catalysis Today, 328, 216–222, 2019.
  21. García-Fernández, S. Miralles-Cuevas, I. Oller, S. Malato, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López. Inactivation of E. coli and E. faecalis by solar photo-Fenton with EDDS complex at neutral pH in municipal wastewater effluents. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 372, 85–93, 2019.
  22. Nahim-Granados, I. Oller, S. Malato, J.A. Sánchez Pérez, M.I. Polo-Lopez. Commercial fertilizer as effective iron chelate (Fe3+-EDDHA) for wastewater disinfection under natural sunlight for reusing in irrigation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 253, 286–292, 2019.
  23. J. Abeledo-Lameiro, M.I. Polo-López, E. Ares-Mazás, H. Gómez-Couso. Inactivation of the waterborne pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum by photo-Fenton process under natural solar conditions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,253, 341–347, 2019.
  24. Ponce-Robles, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López, G. Rivas-Ibáñez, S. Malato. Microbiological evaluation of combined advanced chemical-biological oxidation technologies for the treatment of cork boiling wastewater. Science of the Total Environment, 687, 567–576, 2019.
  25. I. Polo-López, A. Martínez-García, M. J. Abeledo-Lameiro, H. Gómez-Couso, E. Ares-Mazás, A. Reboredo-Fernández, T. D. Morse, L. Buck, K. Lungu, K. G. McGuigan, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Microbiological Evaluation of 5 L- and 20 L Transparent Polypropylene Buckets for Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS). Molecules, 24, 2193, 2019.
  1. Y. Aguas, M. Hincapie, A.B. Martínez-Piernas, A. Agüera, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, S. Nahim-Granados, M.I. Polo-López. Reclamation of Real Urban Wastewater Using Solar Advanced Oxidation Processes: An Assessment of Microbial Pathogens and 74 Organic Microcontaminants Uptake in Lettuce and Radish. Environmental Science & Technology, 53, 9705-9714, 2019.
  2. S. Nahim-Granados, G. Rivas-Ibáñez, J. A. Sánchez-Pérez, I. Oller, S. Malato, M.I. Polo-López. Fresh-cut wastewater reclamation:Techno-Economical assessment of solar driven processes at pilot plant scale. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 278, 119334, 2020.
  3. L.C. Ferreira, M. Castro-Alférez, S. Nahim-Granados, M.I. Polo-López, M.S. Lucas, G. Li Puma, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Inactivation of water pathogens with solar photo-activated persulfate oxidation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 381, 122275, 2020.
  4. S. G. Michael, I. Michael-Kordatou, S. Nahim-Granados, M. I. Polo-López, J. Rochad, A. B. Martínez-Piernas, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, A. Agüera, C. M. Manaia, D. Fatta-Kassinos. Investigating the impact of UV-C/H2O2 and sunlight/H2O2 on the removal of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance determinants and toxicity present in urban wastewater. Chemical Engineering Journal, 388, 124383, 2020.
  5. R. B.M. Marano et al, (84 authors) including S. Nahim-Granados and M. I. Polo-López. A global multinational survey of cefotaxime-resistant coliforms in urban wastewater treatment plants. Environment International, 144, 106035, 2020.
  6. S. Nahim-Granados, G. Rivas-Ibañez, J. A. Sánchez-Perez, I. Oller, S. Malato, M. I. Polo-Lopez. Synthetic fresh-cut wastewater disinfection and decontamination by ozonation at pilot scale. Water Research, 170, 115304, 2020.
  7. I. Sánchez-Montes, I. Salmerón-García, G. Rivas-Ibañez, J. M. Aquino, M. I. Polo-López, S. Malato, I. Oller. UVC-based advanced oxidation processes for simultaneous removal of microcontaminants and pathogens from simulated municipal wastewater at pilot plant scale. Environmental Science Water Research & Technology, 6, 2553, 2020.
  8. A. Martínez-García, M. Vincent, V. Rubiolo, M. Domingos, M. C. Canela, I. Oller, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M. I. Polo-López. Assessment of a pilot solar V-trough reactor for solar water disinfection. Chemical Engineering Journal, 399, 125719, 2020.
  9. B. Reyneke, T. Ndlovua, M.B. Vincent, A. Martínez-García, M.I. Polo-López, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, G. Ferrero, S. Khan, K.G. McGuigan, W. Khan. Validation of large-volume batch solar reactors for the treatment of rainwater in field trials in sub-Saharan Africa. Science of the Total Environment, 717, 137223, 2020.
  10. B. Reyneke, K.A. Hamilton, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López, K.G. McGuigan, S. Khan, W. Khan. EMA-amplicon-based sequencing informs risk assessment analysis of water treatment systems. Science of the Total Environment, 743, 140717, 2020.
  11. A. García-Gil, A. Martínez, M. I. Polo-Lopez, J. Marugan. Kinetic modeling of the synergistic thermal and spectral actions on the inactivation of viruses in water by sunlight. Water Research, 183, 116074, 2020.