Aleksandra Kaminska started her PhD

Aleksandra obtained her Environmental Engineering degree at the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT, Poland) in 2014 and continued her master studies at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). During her master thesis she worked on the elimination of organic micro pollutants from the secondary wastewater effluent using advanced treatment methods. She joined ICRA in September 2018. Her current research is focused on reactive electrochemical graphene-based membranes for cathodic wastewater treatment. Welcome Aleksandra!




Dr Luis Pires joins our team!

Luis Baptista Pires (Portugal, 1987) received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Universidade de Aveiro (2011) and a master degree in Nanotechnology and Material Science at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (2013). In 2016 he obtained is PhD title at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) – Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona with the thesis untitled: “From nanoparticles to graphene: architecting novel biosensing platforms and devices”. His research is focused on reactive flow-through electrochemical graphene-based membranes, for cathodic and anodic treatment of water contaminants. Welcome Luis!




Giannis-Florjan Norra joins our team as a PhD student

Dipl.–Ing. Giannis-Florjan Norra obtained his Chemical Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2015. While preparing his thesis, he was also working as a research assistant in the “Biotechnology Laboratory” of NTUA. Giannis joined the Catalan Institute for Water Research in May, 2018. His research is focused on the development of flow-through packed bed electrochemical reactors for the treatment of persistent contaminants.

Welcome Giannis!




We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow and PhD student. Join us!

We are seeking a PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow in the area of environmental electrochemistry and material science. The scholars will conduct research on the development of engineered nanomaterials for electrochemical water treatment applications. For more information on the position, please check ICRA or Euraxess websites:

Dr Erdem Irtem wins the CERCA Pioneer Prize 2017 best thesis award!

Dr Erdem Irtem won the CERCA Pioneer Prize 2017 award for his PhD thesis “Production of Solar Fuels by Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide”, conducted at the Institute for Energy Research of Catalonia (IREC). The Pioneer awards recognize those researchers from the CERCA centers who have presented the doctoral thesis in the last 12 months with a clear vocation to initiate or strengthen a technology or product that may have industrial or commercial interest, or that significantly contributes to the development of public policies. The jury has valued the originality and applicability of the research performed, and awarded Erdem´s thesis as a sustainable project with a maximum impact on the circular economy. Congratulations Erdem!!!




Visiting PhD student Marilia Pupo, Instituto de Tecnologia e Pesquisa (ITP)-Brasil

Msc Marilia Pupo obtained her Environmental Engineering degree from Universidade Tiradentes (Brazil, 2010). She then enrolled in a Process Engineering Master Program at Universidade Tiradentes focusing her research on the development of new nanomaterials for application in fuel cells obtaining her title in 2014. Shortly after she was admitted in a PhD program in the same institution,  at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Pesquisa (ITP), where she has been developing research on synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for electrochemical water treatment applications.

Marilia is currently visiting us at the Catalan Institute of Water Research and collaborating with us on the project. Welcome Marilia!





José Miguel Albahaca started his PhD

MSc José Miguel Albahaca obtained his Chemical Engineering degree from Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela, in 2015. Shortly after, he enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in  Chemical Innovation and Regulation (EMMC-ChIR), hosted by the University of Bologna. Since 2017, he has been working in the Catalan Institute for Water Research. His PhD thesis is focused on the development of electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment capable of degrading poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

Welcome José Miguel!




Dr Erdem Irtem joins our team!

Dr Erdem Irtem obtained his engineering degree on Materials from Anadolu University (Turkey 2009) and was exclusively awarded with an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to attend joint european master course of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (France, Poland and Spain 2010-2012). In 2013, he received an early-stage researcher grant (FI-AGAUR) to conduct his doctoral thesis in IREC, Barcelona (2013-2017) and obtained his title from Nanoscience program of University of Barcelona in May, 2017. His research is focused on the development of engineered nanomaterials for electrochemical water treatment applications.

Welcome Erdem!