Dra. Mª Inmaculada Polo López

Telephone: +34950387800 Ext. 987

ORCID: 0000-0002-2505-721X

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 on the development of national and international I+D research projects in the field of water disinfection by different Advanced Oxidation Technologies and Solar Photocatalytic and Photochemical processes to treat water matrices from different sources. Her scientific interest is therefore focused on the evaluation of the microbiological quality achieved after treatment and its adaptation to drinking water and reclaimed water quality regulations. In addition, her scientific interest is also focused on the antibiotic-resistance phenomenon, investigating microbial and genetic aspects and developing methodologies through molecular biology technologies such as real-time PCR.

Track record
Dr. Polo-López is the author of 90 publications in indexed international journals (Orcid: 0000-0002-2505-721X), author of a book and co-author 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 20 research projects (National and International). She has supervised 3 PhD and currently is supervising 4 PhD under development. Scopus h-index: 35.


  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, 831–840, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=8.355 (6/138 Chem. Eng.) Q1

  2. A.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.) Q1

  3. N. 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.) Q1

  4. L. 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.) Q1

  5. S. 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.) Q1

  6. Luigi Rizzo, Teresa Agovino, S. Nahim-Granados, M. Castro-Alferez, P. Fernandez-Ibañez, M.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. JCR 2019: IF= 9.130 (3/53 Eng, Environ). Q1

  7. A.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. JCR 2019: IF=6.793 (21/265 Environm Sciences) Q1

  8. E. 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. JCR 2019: IF=5.825 (8/71 Chem, Applied) Q1

  9. I. 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. JCR 2019: IF=9.038 (4/53 Eng, Envi) Q1

  10. S. 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. JCR 2019: IF=16.683 (3/142 Eng, Envi) Q1

  11. M. 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. JCR 2019: IF=16.683 (3/142 Eng, Envi) Q1

  12. L. 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. JCR 2019: IF=6.551 (22/265 Environ Science) Q1

  13. M. 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. JCR 2019: IF=3.267 (70/177 Chem, Multidisciplinary) Q2

  14. 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. JCR 2019: IF=7.864 (6/53 Eng, Envi) Q1

  15. 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. JCR 2020: IF= 19.503 (3/142 Eng, Envi) Q1

  16. 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. JCR 2020: IF=13.273 (4/143 Eng, Chem) Q1

  17. 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. JCR 2020: IF=13.273 (4/143 Eng, Chem) Q1

  18. 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. JCR 2020: IF= 9.621 (14/264 Environ Science). Q1

  19. 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. JCR 2020: IF= 11.236 (2/67 Eng, Environ). Q1

  20. 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. JCR 2020: IF=4.251 (24/54 Eng, Chem) Q2

  21. 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. JCR 2020: IF=13.273 (4/143 Eng, Chem) Q1

  22. 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. JCR 2019: IF=6.551 (22/265 Environ Science) Q1

  23. 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. JCR 2019: IF=6.551 (22/265 Environ Science) Q1

  24. A. García-Gil, A. Martínez, M. I. Polo-López, 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. JCR 2020: IF= 11.236 (2/67 Eng, Environ). Q1

  25. M.I. Polo-López, J.A. Sánchez Pérez. Perspectives of the solar photo-Fenton process against the spreading of pathogens, antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes in the environment. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 27, 100416, 2021. JCR2021: IF= 8.84 (7/59 Process Chemistry and Technology) Q1

  26. I. Salmerón, P.K. Sharma, M.I. Polo-López, A. Tolosana, S. McMichael, I. Oller, J.A. Byrne, P. Fernández-Ibáñez. Electrochemically assisted photocatalysis for the simultaneous degradation of organic micro-contaminants and inactivation of microorganisms in water. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 147, 488–496 2021. JCR2021: IF= 7.93 (27/279 Chem. Eng.) Q1

  27. G. Maniakova, I. Salmerón, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, L. Rizzo, S. Malato. Simultaneous removal of contaminants of emerging concern and pathogens from urban wastewater by homogeneous solar driven advanced oxidation processes. Science of the Total Environment, 766, 144320, 2021. JCR2021: IF= 10.75 (13/122 Environ. Chem.) Q1

  28. 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. JCR2021: IF: 8.94 (15/122 Environ. Chem.) Q1

  29. P. Ozores Diez, M. I. Polo-López, A. Martínez-García, M. Waso, B. Reyneke, W. Khan, K.G. McGuigan, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, R. Devery, B. Quilty. In vitro toxicity studies of novel solar water disinfection reactors using the E-screen bioassay and the Ames test. H2Open Journal, 1, 204, 2021. JCR2021: (95/130 Water Resources) Q3

  30. 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. JCR2021: IF= 4.93 (97/285 Biochem. & Molec Biology) Q2

  31. G. Maniakova, I. Salmerón, S. Nahim-Granados, S. Malato, I. Oller, L. Rizzo, M.I. Polo-López. Sunlight advanced oxidation processes vs ozonation for wastewater disinfection and safe reclamation. Science of the Total Environment, 787, 147531, 2021. JCR2021: IF= 10.75 (13/122 Environ. Chem.) Q1

  32. S. Nahim-Granados, A.B. Martínez-Piernas, G. Rivas-Ibáñez, P. Plaza-Bolaños, I. Oller, S. Malato, J.A. Sánchez Pérez, A. Agüera, M.I. Polo-López. Solar processes and ozonation for fresh-cut wastewater reclamation and reuse: Assessment of chemical, microbiological and chlorosis risks of raw-eaten crops. Water Research, 203, 117532, 2021. JCR2021: IF= 13.4 (6/55 Eng, Environ) Q1

  33. A. Martínez-García, I. Oller, M. Vincent, V. Rubiolo, J.K. Asiimwe, C. Muyanja, K.G. McGuigan, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-López. Meeting daily drinking water needs for communities in Sub-Saharan Africa using solar reactors for harvested rainwater. Chemical Engineering Journal, 428, 132494, 2022. JCR2022: IF=15.1 (5/140 Eng, Chem) Q1

  34. I. Sánchez-Montes, I. Salmerón, J.M. Aquino, M.I. Polo-López, S. Malato, I. Oller. Solar-driven free chlorine advanced oxidation process for simultaneous removal of microcontaminants and microorganisms in natural water at pilot-scale. Chemosphere, 288, 132493, 2022. JCR2022: IF=8.8 (30/274 Environ Sci) Q1

  35. G. Maniakova, I. Salmerón, M. Aliste, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, S. Malato, L. Rizzo. Solar photo-fenton at circumneutral pH using Fe(III)-EDDS compared to ozonation for tertiary treatment of urban wastewater: Contaminants of emerging concern removal and toxicity assessment. Chemical Engineering Journal, 431, 133474, 2022. JCR2022: IF=15.1 (5/140 Eng, Chem) Q1

  36. 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.

  37. G. Maniakova, M.I. Polo-López, I. Oller, M.J. Abeledo-Lameiro, S. Malato, L. Rizzo. Simultaneous disinfection and microcontaminants elimination of urban wastewater secondary effluent by solar advanced oxidation sequential treatment at pilot scale. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 436, 129134, 2022. JCR2022: IF= 13.6 (4/55 Eng, Environ) Q1

  38. 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. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 315, 121519, 2022. JCR2022: IF=22.1 (6/161 Chem, Physical) Q1

  39. 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, 135017, 2022. JCR2022: JCR2022: IF=8.8 (30/274 Environ Sci) Q1

  40. A. Ruiz-Aguirre, J.G. Villachica-Llamosas, M.I. Polo-López, A. Cabrera-Reina, G. Colón, J. Peral, S. Malato. Assessment of pilot-plant scale solar photocatalytic hydrogen generation with multiple approaches: Valorization, water decontamination and disinfection. Energy, 260, 125199, 2022. JCR2022: IF=9 (22/115 Energy & Fuels) Q1

  41. A. Ruíz-Delgado, L. Ponce-Robles, I. Salmerón, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-López, S. Malato. Advanced microbiological tools for tracking complex wastewater treatment efficiency through the combination of physicochemical and biological technologies. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 10, 108651, 2022. JCR2022: IF=7.7 (16/140 Eng, Chem) Q1

  42. A. Fiorentino, P. Soriano-Molina, M.J. Abeledo-Lameiro, I. de la Obra, A. Proto, M.I. Polo-López, J. A. Sánchez Pérez, L. Rizzo. Neutral (Fe3+-NTA) and acidic (Fe2+) pH solar photo-Fenton Vs chlorination: Effective urban wastewater disinfection does not mean control of antibiotic resistance. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 10, 108777, 2022. JCR2022: IF=7.7 (16/140 Eng, Chem) Q1

  43. A. García Gil, R.A. García Muñoz, A. Martínez García, M.I. Polo López, A. Gebreyesus Wasihun, M. Teferi, T. Asmelash, R. Conroy, K.G. McGuigan, J. Marugán. Solar water disinfection in large volume containers: from the laboratory to the field. A case study in Tigray, Ethiopia. Scientific Reports, 12, 18933, 2022. JCR2022: IF=4.6 (22/73 Multidisciplinary Sciences) Q2