Dr. Javier Marugán is associated professor of Chemical Engineering at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, Madrid, Spain). He has been visiting researcher at the Institut für Technische Chemie of Hanover University in 2002 (with Prof. Detlef Bahnemann); at the Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Industria Química in Santa Fe in 2004 (with Prof. Alberto Cassano and Prof. Orlando Alfano; at the Plataforma Solar de Almería in 2005 (with Dr. Sixto Malato); and at the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials of Newcastle University in 2006 (with Prof. Terry Egerton and Prof. Paul Christensen). Nowadays he is the coordinator of the Chemical Engineering degree at the Director of the Water Analysis Laboratory of URJC.
He has been working in water treatment by photocatalytic processes since 1998, covering different fields from the development of highly active new catalytic materials, their application for the removal of non-biodegradable water pollutants such as cyanides, phenols, dyes or heavy metals, photocatalytic disinfection processes for the simultaneous inactivation of microorganisms and removal of emerging contaminants, and development of photoreactor design methodologies based on the rigorous kinetic and radiation transport modelling for the scaling-up of the process. Other research interests are related to flow assurance of crude oil and hydrogen production through solar thermochemical cycles. He has been involved in more than 20 research projects financed by public organizations and private companies. Currently he is leader investigator of URJC at the PCATDES FP7 and WATERSPOUTT H2020 European projects, and coordination of MOTREM Water JPI Pilot Call project.