Chemical Engineering in Energy Efficiency and Environment (CEEEE)


Department (s)
Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Knowledge area
Chemical sciences and technologies, Environmental sciences and technologies
PI: J. Ignacio Lombraña Alonso Co-PI: 


Camarero Estela, Luis M.; De Luis Álvarez, Ana M.; Espinazo Sarria, Ane; Ferreiro Santiso, Cristian; Lomas Esteban, José M.; Lombraña Alonso, J. Ignacio; Menéndez Ruiz, Amaia; Maña Iglesias, Jon Ander; Udaeta Gordón, Joseba; Villota Salazar, Natalia.


Wastewater treatment (urban and industrial), Environmentally friendly technologies, Process integration, Advanced oxidation processes, Water purification, Water resource use, Process intensification, Energy efficiency, Medium and high voltage equipment, Eco-innovation.


The research group Chemical Engineering in Energy Efficiency and Environment (IQEEMA) focuses on the development of efficient solutions for the water and energy sector. Advanced oxidation technologies, with novel catalysts and membrane technologies, both for the removal of pollution from industrial wastewater and for the improvement of the quality and safety of drinking water, or water for public consumption, deserve special mention. IQEEMA's research is also oriented towards the development of sustainable energy solutions, such as the development of innovative technologies for food dehydration or the design of new dialectic insulating gases for high voltage equipment.
IQEEMA is aligned with Goals 6, 12, 7 and 9 of the UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development (ODS) and the Euskadi Basque Country 2030 Agenda.

Lines of Research

  1. DECONTAMINATION. Advanced oxidation processes (POAs) UV/H2O2/O3, simple and catalytic ozonisation. Modelling of degradation pathways and optimisation of variables in POAs. 
  2. INTENSIFICATION AND ECO-INNOVATION IN ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES. Development of catalysts and membrane technology in equipment: photoreactors, ozonisers. Modelling and optimal integration of processes in industrial wastewater treatment in the production of safe and high quality water for public consumption.
  3. R&D FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN PROCESSES. New gases, with low environmental impact (GWP), for dielectric insulation. Innovative optimisation of food dehydration processes.


  • UV/O3/H2O2, Catalytic ozonisation pilot reactor, Microwave drying equipment, Freeze dryer, Chamber for on-line analysis of gas mixtures with UV/FTIR sensors. 
  • Analysis equipment: TOC analyser, HPLC liquid chromatography, UV/Vis spectrophotometry. MICROTOX® water toxicity analyser.

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J. Ignacio Lombraña