P06 - ICRA
- Last Updated: 29 August 2013
ICRA is a research centre established by the Catalan Government to develop research and innovation projects related to all aspects of the complete cycle of water and its management. The institute has three different research areas a) Ecosystems and aquatic resources b) Technologies and water management and c) Water quality. The latest includes the group participant “Chemical Contamination of Water Bodies” led by Dr. Damià Barceló. The group focuses on the development of new analytical and bioanalytical techniques for the determination of organic emerging contaminants in water and other environmental compartments, such as sediments and biota. The methods are applied to study the origin, transport and impact of pollutants in the environment. The main work entailed by ICRA in the frame of this consortium project will be the development and application of analytical methodologies that enable sensitive and selective determination of selected organic pollutants in seafood and environmental samples by using modern analytical instruments and technologies. The instruments and techniques available include UPLC-QLIT, GC-QqQ:, automated Solid Phase Extraction system, ASPEC (for water samples) a Pressurized liquid extraction system, ASE (for solid samples) and a SPR sensor, chemical analysis, mass spectrometry, microscopy, and biological and molecular techniques. ICRA Water Quality
Group are involved in several national and EU-projects (36 under FP5, FP6 and FP7), thus having large experience in coordinating EU projects.
Key personnel involved
Belinda Huerta: graduated in Environmental Sciences from the University Autonoma of Madrid. European Master in Inland Water Quality Assessment from the University Autonoma of Madrid and Mälardalen University (Sweeden). Since November 2009 is working at Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) as a PhD student. She focuses her research on the study of the origin, fate and ecological impact of different emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals and Endocrine Disruptors) in several environmental matrices such as biota or sediment by using chromatographic techniques coupled to mass spectrometry. She is also participating in the Spanish CONSOLIDER project SCARCE, where she works in the development of analytical methods for endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals in fish, macroinvertebrates and biofilm.
Sara Rodriguez-Mozaz has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Barcelona, UB (2005). She had a postdoctoral period (2005-2009) in Sanofi-Aventis (Frankfurt, Germany) and at the University of North Carolina (USA). Since April 2009 she works as a Research Scientist at ICRA within the group “Chemical Contamination of Water Bodies”. She focuses her research on the study of the origin, fate and ecological impact of different emerging contaminants (Pharmaceuticals, Endocrine Disruptors and cytotoxic drugs) and priority contaminants (pesticides and Disinfection By-Products) in the environment through advanced analytical methodologies. She has participated in different EU funded research projects such as AWACSS, ENDETECH as well as in the European Sediment Research Network SEDNET. She is also involved in the European Network NORMAN, which aims at the exchange of information related to emerging Contaminants in The Environment.
Prof Dr. Damià BARCELÓ: ICRA’s director since May of 2008 and Full Research Professor in CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research). He has published over 720 scientific papers in SCI journals (Hirsch Index is 77), 164 book chapters and editor of 24 books on Environmental analysis and fate of pollutants. He is currently editor-in-chief of book series Wilson Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, (Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL) and the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry (Springer-Verlag), and Co-editor-in-Chief of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) from Elsevier. He has been supervisor of 37 Ph.D. Thesis on environmental analysis (1992-2012). Prof. Barceló has a wide experience in the management of international and national projects such as WASTE WATER CLUSTER (a cluster of 5 EU projects) from July 1997 to July 2001; EMCO (July 2004 to July 2007), FP6 INCO project INNOVA-MED (2007-2010) involving 13 research groups across 8 EU and Mediterranean countries and has been coordinator of FP6 project EMCO, as well as 3 projects funded by the Spanish National I+D. Since December 2009, Visiting Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also been selected as a member of different working groups in the area of development of European legislation.
Dr. Diana Alverez-Muñoz had her Ph.D. on Marine Sciences in 2008 at Cadiz Univeristy. She has focused her career on the study of the interaction between organic emergent contaminants and organisms. In the course of her Ph.D. she was working with synthetic surfactants researching on their bioaccumulation, biotransformation and toxic effects. Her postdoctoral experience at Sussex University (UK) between 2009 nd 2013 gave her the opportunity of working with endocrine disrupting compounds and their toxicity identification and evaluation. Besides, she acquired a wide experience in metabolomic studies for the identification of metabolic pathways of contaminants as well as biochemical biomarkers of exposure using mass spectrometry. She has recently participated in the DIESE project (Determination of pertinent indicators for environmental monitoring: a strategy for Europe) financed by the European Union IV Interreg programm, and she is also involved in two national projects focused on the study of the environmental fate and distribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products.