School Candidates

Who can apply for “European PhD on AOPs” label?

The PhD Candidate can apply for “European PhD on AOPs” label if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. The PhD thesis deals with environmental applications of AOPs;
  2. The PhD Candidate is supervised by a member of the Scientific Committee of the School;
  3. The PhD Candidate has spent at least 3 months working in a University/Research Institute located in a different Country than that where the Candidate carried out the PhD thesis (a reference letter from the supervisor at host Laboratory/Institution should be provided by the candidate together with the application form);
  4. The PhD Candidate thesis (or at least an extended summary) should be written in English;
  5. The PhD Candidate already awarded with a PhD in the last 2 years, can submit his/her thesis to the Chair of the School to be evaluated and eventually awarded with “European PhD on AOPs”; differently, the label is automatically awarded in the case that the candidate, meeting all four previous requirements, successfully completes their PhD defense and at least one member of the evaluation committee is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the School.

Who can apply for “School Candidate”?

PhD students meeting the requirements 1 and 2 from the previous list can apply as candidate for “European PhD on AOPs” label

Why apply for “School Candidate”?

PhD Candidates can take advantage of:

  • periodic updating about the initiatives organized by the School;
  • events organised by the School (e.g., Summer schools, workshops and seminars) free of charge;
  • special reduced fee to attend to AOPs related Conferences;
  • scholarships/grant opportunities;
  • possible collaborations between School and Enterprises

How to apply

For application as School Candidate or to be awarded with “European PhD on AOPs” label, the respective forms should be filled in. Please download the corresponding form from the link below, as well as to get further details.


PhD Candidate Application Form

European PhD on AOPs Award Form

Application as “School Candidate”

PhD students meeting the requirements 1 and 2 set by the MC can apply as School Candidate by filling in the candidate form and sending it by email to the Chair of the School and “CC” to secretary staff (please see contact page for details).

The Candidate will be notified as soon as possible about the result of her/his application.

Application for “European PhD on AOPs” label

The applicants meeting requirements from 1 to 4 set by the MC can apply to be awarded with “European PhD on AOPs” label by filling in the award form and sending it by email to the Chair of the School and “CC” to secretary staff (please see contact page for details), with an extended English abstract of the PhD thesis attached.


The candidate will be notified as soon as possible about names and addresses of the appointed reviewers (selected from the Scientific Committee members), whom paper thesis and possible related published papers should be sent to for the evaluation.

 The Chair will notify, possibly within two months, the applicant with reviewers’ decision:

  1. The thesis merits the award of the label.
  2. The thesis does not merit the award of the label.

 Applicants, who did not write their PhD thesis in English but meet the remaining requirements, can apply as well by submitting an English extended summary. The English extended summary should include:

  1. An Abstract summarizing the thesis work in a few hundred words;
  2. An Introduction section where the topic is introduced according to the most relevant and updated international scientific literature, and the originality/novelty of the work is clearly explained;
  3. The Objectives of the thesis clearly and analytically explained;
  4. A comprehensive Material and Methods section where instruments and no standardized methods are clearly explained;
  5. A Results and Discussion section where the results are clearly explained and discussed also according to the relevant and updated international scientific literature;
  6. Conclusion section where the main results and their contribution to knowledge advance are clearly explained.

PhD Candidates

Name Affiliation Tentative title of PhD thesis Supervisor Expected defence
Alberti Stefano University of Genoa, GE, Italy Synthesis, characterization and optimization of TiO2 based photocatalytic devices for environmental applications related to emerging pollution Prof. Maurizio Ferretti
Alcantara Marinho, Belisa Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Integrated photocatalytic-sorption treatment of inorganic pollutants: mechanistic approach and application for environmental remediation Vítor Jorge Pais Vilar 2017
Almeida Espíndola, Jonathan Cawettiere Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Breakthrough designs for photocatalytic reactors applied to the treatment of wastewater using natural and artificial radiation Vítor Jorge Pais Vilar 2019
Arellano Pardo, Maria University of Vigo (Spain) ( Biological and electrochemical hybrid systems for the removal of ionic liquids Maria Angeles Sanroman Braga and Marta Maria Pazos Curras 2019
Arzate Salgado, Sandra Yazmin Universidad de Almeria (Spain)( Cost reductino of photo-Fenton process operated in continuous mode in raceway pond reactors José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2018
Audino, Francesca Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain)
On-line multiobjective optimisation for an efficient exploitation of chemical batch processes flexibility Montserrar Pérez Moya 2018
Bastos Pires de Lima, Maria José Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Selective photocatalytic conversions integrated on a continuous-flow microfluidic process Adrián Silva 2018
Barbosa Segundo, Inalmar Dantas University of Porto (Portugal)( Multistage treatment system for industrial hazardous waste landfill leachate Vítor Jorge Pais Vilar 2019
Beretsou, Vasiliki University of Cyprus, Nireas-IWRC ( Investigating the potential of transformation products of antibiotics formed during advanced wastewater treatment to induce biological adverse effects and antibiotic resistance Despo Fatta-Kassinos 2019
Berruti Ilaria Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas Assessment of novel Advanced Oxidation Processes for removal of Disinfection By-Products
(DBPs) and Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) from drinking water
Dr. M.I. Polo López &
Dr. Marcello Manfredi
Biancullo, Francesco Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Light-Emitting Diodes (LED)-driven photocatalytic membrane treatment of ARB&ARG and market/benchmark assessment” Adrián Manuel Tavares da Silva 2019
Byrne, Ciara Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland)
Understanding the Mechanism of Anatase to Rutile Transition in Titania Photocatalysis Suresh Pillai 2017
Campos Manas, Marina Celia Universidad de Almeria (Spain) ( Development of analytical methods by high and low resolution mass spectrometry for wastewater treatment systematic evaluation José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2019
Lucia Cancelada Buenos Aires University Special contaminants water treatment by iron based nanoparticles and combination with sonolysis (SonoFenton solid processes) Dr. Marta I. Litter 2022
Castro Alférez, María Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)
Modelling Escherichia coli inactivation through solar treatments Pilar Fernández Ibáñez 2016
Chávez Águedo, Ana María University of Extremadura (Spain) ( New catalysts for photocatalytic degradation of pollutants in water Fernando J. Beltrán Novillo 2018
Clarizia, Laura Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Hydrogen production through photocatalytic reforming of organic species in aqueous solutions Roberto Andreozzi 2017
Cortes, Maria Ana Ulster University (United Kingdom)( Photoreactor design and modelling Anthony Byrne 2019
Cruz Alcalde, Alberto University of Barcelona (Spain) ( Removal of contaminants of emerging concern from water by Advanced Oxidation Processes Carme San, Santiago Esplugas 2019
Dawany Dionisio

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) ( Interfering effects of organic compounds on the degradation of methyl paraben by electrochemical processes in aqueous media Manuel Andrés Rodrigo Rodrigo 2019
De la Obra Jimenez, Irene Universidad de Almeria (Spain)( Design of new reactors for photo-Fenton solar applied to the water regeneration. Economy, scaled and control of the process José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2018
Demir Duz, Hande Universitat Rovira i Virgili Application of Advanced Oxidation Processes in the reclamation of wastewaters from the oil and gas sector Sandra Contreras 2019
Dias Campos, Marlon Caianelo

University of Campinas (Brazil) ( Degradation of Gatifloxacin by advanced oxidative processes Vitor Jorge Pais Vilar, José Roberto Guimaraes 2018
Diez Sarabia, Aida Maria

University of Vigo (Spain) ( New perpsectives in the application of Advanced Oxidations Processes Maria Angeles Sanroman Braga and Marta Maria Pazos Curras 2018
Ferreira Caldeira, Leonor Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal) ( Treatment of Agro-industrial Wastewaters using Advanced Oxidation Processes Doutor
Marco Paulo Gomes de Sousa Lucas
Ferreira Pedrosa, Marta Filipa Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Graphene-based catalytic membrane for water treatment Andrián Manuel Taveres da Silva 2019
Figueredo Fernandez, Manuel Alfredo University of Extremadura (Spain)( LED and graphene based materials for water treatment by photocatalytic ozonation Fernando J. Beltrán Novillo 2020
Ganguly Priyanka

Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland)( Antimicrobial and Cytotoxicity analysis of 2D semiconductor nanomaterials Suresh C Pillai, Ailish Breen 2020
Garcia Ballesteros, Sara Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia (Spain)
Development of new strategies based on solar photochemical processes and intergration of other advanced techniques for the treatment of complex wastewater Antoniο Arques Sanz 2017
García Costa, Alicia Loreto Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) ( Application of microwave intensified AOPs for wastewater treatment”. Juan Antonio Zazo Martínez 2019
García Gil, Ángela Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) ( Computational modeling of solar water disinfection processes Javier Marugán Aguado 2021
García Negueroles, Paula Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia (Spain)
Efficient technologies for the removal of pollutants of emerging concern included in Directive 2013/39/CE or significant relevance according to Directive 2008/105/CE Antoniο Arques Sanz 2021
Gomes, Ana Isabel Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Multi-stage treatment technology for leachate from urban and industrial waste landfills Vítor Jorge Pais Vilar 2019
Guthe, Pallavi P. Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Escola Tecnica Superior D’Enginyeria Quimica
New catalytic materials for catalytic and photocatalytic oxidation processes Sandra Contreras 2015
Iakovides Iakovos University of Cyprus, Nireas-IWRC ( Membrane bioreactor (MBR) followed by light driven oxidation for the minimization of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (A&ARB&ARG) from urban wastewater intended for reuse Despo Fatta-Kassinos 2019
Jiménez Herrera, Silvia Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Italy)
Contribution to the treatment of water from the oil & gas sector Sandra Contreras Iglesias 2017
Karaolia, Popi University of Cyprus, Nireas-IWRC ( MBR and Advanced Oxidation Processes for the removal of antibiotic resistance and disinfection of urban wastewater Despo Fatta-Kassinos 2017
Kaur Balbreet TalTech University, Estonia Development of photo-induced catalytic processes for efficient application in different matrices treatment. Dr. Niina Dulova
Katsoni, Athanasia Technical University of Crete (Greece)
Sustainable Treatment and Utilization of Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Evan Diamadopoulos
Dionisis Mantzavinos
Kattel, Eneliis Department of Materials and Environmental Technology,
Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
Degradation of micropollutants in water and in high strength wastewater by activated hydrogen peroxide and persulfate Niina Dulova, Marina Trapido 2018
Khayrullina, Regina Swansea University, College of Engineering (United Kingdom) ( Graphene enhancement of hybrid membranes/ozone for contaminated water treatment Chedly Tizaoui 2019
Koltsakidou, Anastasia Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Chemistry ( Photolytic and photocatalytic degradation of anti-neoplasmatic and anti-inflammatory drugs and their
Dimitra Lambropoulou 2017
López, Núria University of Barcelona (Spain) ( Removal of contaminants of emerging concern in environment using Advanced Oxidation Processes Jaume Giménez 2020
Lorenzo Flores, Ana Isabel Universidad de Almeria (Spain)( Antibiotics and restistant bacteria removal from WWTP secondary effluents by solar photo-Fenton José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2019
Maniakova Gulnara University of Salerno Tertiary treatment of urban wastewater: advanced oxidation Vs consolidated processes Luigi Rizzo 2021ín-Muñoz.pdf” target=”_blank”> Muñoz Morales, Martín
Martins da Costa Filho, Batuira
Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Breakthrough designs for photocatalytic membrane reactors and static mixer microreactors applied to the treatment of indoor air using natural and artificial radiation Vítor Jorge Pais Vilar 2018
Muñoz Morales, Martín

University of Castilla- La Mancha Development of Electrochemical process for the treatment of organochlorine pollutants in liquid and gas effluents Manuel Andrés Rodrigo Rodrigo 2019
Michael, Stella University of Cyprus, Nireas-IWRC ( Membrane filtration and light-driven processes for the removal of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and resistance genes Despo Fatta-Kassinos 2019
Moreira, Nuno Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Advanced wastewater treatment: organic micropollutants, human pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes Adrián M.T. Silva 2020
Moreira dos Santos, Diogo Filipe Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Advance oxidation processes for the conversion of organic pollutants over structured catalysts Adrián M.T. Silva 2019
Nahim Granados, Leila Samira Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)( Development and application of photochemical and photocatalytic processes for disinfection, decontamination and reuse of wastewater from the food industry José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2019
Oliveira Barbosa, Marta Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal)
Multi-layer carbon cartridges for determination of EU multi-class organic micropollutants Adrián M.T. Silva 2021
Pinheiro da Costa, Elizângela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) ( Removal of micropollutants in secondary domestic wastewater by solar photo-Fenton treatment in Raceway Pond Reactors Camila Costa de Amorim, Sixto Malato 2021
Pližingrová Eva University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic Preparation and characterization of photocatalysts based on TiO2 and their application for water cleaning Josef Krýsa, &
Jan Šubrt,
Ponce Robles, Laura Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)( Integración de procesos fotoquímicos solares con otras técnicas avanzadas para el tratamiento de lixiviados de vertedero y aguas de cocido de corcho Sixto Malato Rodríguez 2017
Portela Marcelino, Rafaela Brito Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) ( Development and application of photocatalytic coatings for solar water treatment Camila Costa de Amorim, Luigi Rizzo 2019
Poza Nogueiras, Veronica

University of Vigo (Spain) ( Application of optimization and control tools to the treatment of emerging contaminants through advanced oxidation processes Maria Angeles Sanroman Braga and Marta Maria Pazos Curras 2019
Roccamante, Melina A. Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)
New solar technologies applied to the elimination of contaminants of emerging concern present in natural water Sixto Malato Rodríguez 2021
Ramos, José Antonio Lara Universidad del Valle, Cali Modeling of heterogeneous catalytic ozonization in a flotation cell Dr. Fiderman Machuca Martinez,
Dr. Miguel Angel Mueses
Ruiz Delgado, Ana Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)
Integration of solar photochemical processes with other advanced techniques for the treatment of complex waters and the elimination of emerging concerns contaminants Isabel Oller 2019
Salmerón García, Irene Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain)
Electrochemistry applied to wastewater treatment Isabel Oller Alberola, Ignacio Maldonado Rubio 2020
Singh, Anukriti Ulster University (United Kingdom)( Clean Water: Visible light active materials for solar water purification Anthony Byrne, Patrick Dunlop, Pilar Fernandez 2020
Sómer, Miguel Martín Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)( Degradation of emerging contaminants during photocatalytic disinfection processes Javier Marugán 2019
Soriano Molina, Paula Universidad de Almeria (Spain)( Kinetics of degradation of micropollutants present in wastewater effluent with open raceway reactors, using solar photo-Fenton at pH close to neutral José Antonio Sánchez Pérez 2019
Toro Santamaria, Jorge Mario University of Stuttgart (Germany) ( Enchancement of existing engineering applications of UV-Advanced Oxidation Processes without additives in liquid phase Thomas Hirth & Montserrat Perez-Moya 2017
Vitola Pasetto, Leticia

Laboratoire de Génie Chimique – Insitut National Polytecnique de Toulouse (France)( Study and Development of Abatement Process Based on Ozone Oxidation of Odorous Molecules in the Gas Emitted from Superphosphate Productino Plants Marie-Hélene Manero 2019
Zammit Ian University of Salerno
Department of Civil Engineering (Italy)
Development of a new phtocatalytic reactor for wastewater disinfection and subsequent application in crop irrigation: effect on antibiotic resistance transfer and antibiotic resistant bacteria/genes accumilation in crops. Luigi Rizzo 2019

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