UNIDAD DE TRATAMIENTOS SOLARES DE AGUA

Dr. Mª Inmaculada Polo López

Investigadora
Tel: +34950387800 Ext. 987
Email: mpolo@psa.es

Unidad de Tratamientos Solares de Aguas
Plataforma Solar de Almería
Carretera de Senés, km 4
Tabernas, E-04200 Almería

Líneas de investigación
Su labor científica se fundamenta en el desarrollo de Proyectos de I+D centrados en la desinfección de diferentes tipos de aguas mediante procesos avanzados de oxidación y procesos fotoquímicos solares (basados en el uso de peróxidos y desinfección solar). Su interés científico se centra además en la evaluación de la calidad microbiológica alcanzada tras el tratamiento y su adecuación a calidad de agua potable y de agua regenerada (agua residual) para riego en agricultura.

Breve CV
Autora y co-autora de más de 80 publicaciones en revistas internacionales con alto índice de impacto (Orcid: 0000-0002-2505-721X), autora de 1 libro y co-autora de otros 12 capítulos de libros. Ha presentado más de 200 contribuciones a Congresos y Simposios nacionales e internacionales. Desde que se unió al CIEMAT en 2008, ha realizado su doctorado obteniendo el título de Doctor y ha colaborado con más de 30 estudiantes de doctorado en el campo de la desinfección solar y fotocatalítica solar de agua. Además, ha participado como investigadora en más de 20 proyectos nacionales e internacionales. Ha dirigido una tesis doctoral, co-dirigido otra y actualmente dirige/co-dirige cuatro tesis doctorales en curso. Scopus h-index: 32.

PUBLICACIONES DESDE 2017 HASTA LA ACTUALIDAD:

  1. M.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.)
  2. 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/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.).
  3. M. 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.) 
  4. 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, 111–120, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=6.735 (7/137 Chem. Eng.).
  5. 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, 15–21, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.667 (15/137 Eng. Env.).
  6. 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, 110–118, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=4.900 (22/229 Env. Sci.).
  7. A. 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.).
  8. Y. Aguas, M. Hincapie, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M. I. Polo-LópezSolar 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.).
  9. J. A. Garrido-Cardenas, M. I. Polo-López, I. Oller-Alberola. Advanced microbial analysis for wastewater quality monitoring: metagenomics trend. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology101, 7445-7458, 2017. JCR 2017: IF=3.340 (46/160 Biotech. & Applied microbial.).
  10. 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.).
  11. 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.).
  12. 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.).
  13. 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.).
  14. 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 enteritidisCatalysis Today, 313, 79-85, 2018. JCR 2018: IF=4.888 (17/138 Chem. Eng.).
  15. Luigi Rizzo, Teresa Agovino, S. Nahim-Granados, M. Castro-Alferez, P. Fernandez-Ibañez, M.I. Polo-LopezTertiary treatment of urban wastewater by solar and UV-C driven advanced oxidation with peracetic acid: Effect on contaminants of emerging concern and antibiotic resistanceWater Research,149, 272-281, 2019. JCR 2019: IF= 9.130 (3/53 Eng, Environ). Q1
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I. García-Fernández, S. Miralles-Cuevas, I. Oller, S. Malato, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M.I. Polo-LópezInactivation 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
  19. S. Nahim-Granados, I. Oller, S. Malato, J.A. Sánchez Pérez, M.I. Polo-LopezCommercial 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  1. Y. Aguas, M. Hincapie, A.B. Martínez-Piernas, A. Agüera, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, S. Nahim-Granados, M.I. Polo-LópezReclamation 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.
  2. S. Nahim-Granados, G. Rivas-Ibáñez, J. A. Sánchez-Pérez, I. Oller, S. Malato, M.I. Polo-LópezFresh-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.
  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. JCR 2020: IF=13.273 (4/143 Eng, Chem) Q1.
  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. JCR 2020: IF=13.273 (4/143 Eng, Chem) Q1.
  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. JCR 2020: IF= 9.621 (14/264 Environ Science). Q1.
  6. S. Nahim-Granados, G. Rivas-Ibañez, J. A. Sánchez-Perez, I. Oller, S. Malato, M. I. Polo-LopezSynthetic fresh-cut wastewater disinfection and decontamination by ozonation at pilot scaleWater Research, 170, 115304, 2020. JCR 2020: IF= 11.236 (2/67 Eng, Environ). Q1.
  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. JCR 2020: IF=4.251 (24/54 Eng, Chem) Q2.
  8. A. Martínez-García, M. Vincent, V. Rubiolo, M. Domingos, M. C. Canela, I. Oller, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, M. I. Polo-LópezAssessment 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.
  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. JCR 2019: IF=6.551 (22/265 Environ Science) Q1.
  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. JCR 2019: IF=6.551 (22/265 Environ Science) Q1.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. 
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I. Berruti, I. Oller, M.I. Polo-LópezDirect oxidation of peroxymonosulfate under natural solar radiation: Accelerating the simultaneous removal of organic contaminants and pathogens from water. Chemosphere, 279, 130555, 2021.
  16. 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.
  17. I. Berruti, S. Nahim‐Granados, M.J. Abeledo‐Lameiro, I. Oller, M.I. Polo‐LópezUV‐C Peroxymonosulfate Activation for Wastewater Regeneration: Simultaneous Inactivation of Pathogens and Degradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern. Molecules, 26, 4890, 2021. 
  18. G. Maniakova, I. Salmerón, S. Nahim-Granados, S. Malato, I. Oller, L. Rizzo, M.I. Polo-LópezSunlight advanced oxidation processes vs ozonation for wastewater disinfection and safe reclamation. Science of the Total Environment, 787, 147531 2021. 
  19. 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-LópezSolar 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