Dra. Ilaria Berruti

Telephone: +34950387823

ORCID: 0000-0003-3119-0436

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

Research interest

The main objective of her research is to find out new treatment methods for an effective decontamination and disinfection of wastewater, seeking solutions that are respectful and sustainable with the environment. The ultimate goal is to obtain regenerated water that can be reused in agriculture, to reduce the scarcity of water resources, without affecting the human health and the ecosystem in the long-term.

Track record

She has a degree in Chemistry, a specialization in Environmental Chemistry and she obtained her PhD in the "Doctoral Programme in Textile Engineering" organized by the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) (prize for the doctoral thesis in the category “Planeta y Desarrollo Sostenible”, sponsored by the UPV, through the "Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Ingeniería del Agua y Medio Ambiente (IIAMA)). She obtained a pre-doctoral grant within the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 765860 (AQUAlity), carrying out the research activity at CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almeria facilities. She is author of 9 publications in high indexed journals and she has been involved in different communication/outreach/dissemination activities. Four secondments (10 months) were conducted during her PhD and she has been participated in international and national projects.


  1. E. Cerrato, C. Gionco, I. Berruti, F. Sordello, P. Calza, M.C. Paganini. Rare earth ions doped ZnO: Synthesis, characterization and preliminary photoactivity assessment. J. Solid State Chem. 264, 42–47, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=2.291 (18/45 Chemistry, inorganic and nuclear)

  2. F. Sordello, I. Berruti, C. Gionco, M.C. Paganini, P. Calza, C. Minero. Photocatalytic performances of rare earth element-doped zinc oxide toward pollutant abatement in water and wastewater. Appl. Catal. B Environ. 245, 159–166, 2019. JCR 2019: IF= 16.683 (3/143 Engineering Chemical)

  3. I. Berruti, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López. Direct oxidation of peroxymonosulfate under natural solar radiation: Accelerating the simultaneous removal of organic contaminants and pathogens from water. Chemosphere 279,130555, 2021. JCR 2021: IF= 8.943 (33/279 Environmental sciences)

  4. I. Berruti, S. Nahim-Granados, M.J. Abeledo-Lameiro, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López. UV-C peroxymonosulfate activation for wastewater regeneration: Simultaneous inactivation of pathogens and degradation of contaminants of emerging concern. Molecules 26, 4890, 2021. JCR 2021: IF= 4.927 (65/179 Chemistry, Muldisciplinary)

  5. I. Berruti, S. Nahim-Granados, M.J. Abeledo-Lameiro, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López. Recent advances in solar photochemical processes for water and wastewater disinfection. Chemical Engineering Journal Advances, 10, 100248, 2022. No IF

  6. I. Berruti, M.I. Polo López, I. Oller, J. Flores, M.L. Marin, F. Bosca. Sulfate radical anion: Laser flash photolysis study and application in water disinfection and decontamination Appl. Catal. B Environ. 315, 121519, 2022. JCR 2022: IF= 22.1 (3/140 Engineering Chemical)

  7. I. Berruti, N.P. F. Gonçalves, P. Calza, M.C Paganini, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López. Natural solar activation of modified zinc oxides with rare earth elements (Ce, Yb) and Fe for the simultaneous disinfection and decontamination of urban wastewater. Chemosphere. 303, Part 2, 135017, 2022. JCR 2022: IF= 8.8 (27/330 Environmental sciences)