THE TEAM ON ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH

EGAR belongs to the Institute of
Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).

This IDAEA-CSIC research team has developed robust atmospheric pollution monitoring and
chemical characterization strategies, focusing on aerosols but also including semi-volatile organic
species such as persistent organic pollutants, drugs of abuse and gaseous pollutants.

Our Valuable Team Members

Xavier Querol
Xavier Querol Head of IDAEA Group
Research Professor leads the EGAR group at IDAEA-CSIC. Main focus on atmospheric pollution, waste valorisation and applied geochemistry. Supervisor of 26 PhD Theses. >500 articles in SCI journals. Member of LRTAP-UNECE, WHO and EC committees and working groups advising on air quality and climate directives. 2013 Award “Rey Jaime I” for the Protection of the Environment. Included in the ISI Highly Cited Scientists.
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Andrés Alastuey
Andrés AlastueyResponsible of the network
Research Professor and Vice-Director of IDAEA-CSIC, >20 years of experience on environmental geochemistry, and atmospheric pollution. >300 articles in SCI journals. Supervisor of >10 PhD Theses. Main focus on chemical, physical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols in urban, regional and remote environments. Included in the ISI Highly Cited Scientists.
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Teresa Moreno
Teresa MorenoAnalytical Lab
Senior Tenured Researcher. Main research topic: Air quality in public transport systems and passenger exposure (projects BUSAIR, METRO, IMPROVE LIFE). Geology Degree, Universidad Complutense Madrid; Earth Sciences PhD, Cardiff University (UK); Research Associate (Fulbright), Colgate University (New York, USA); Research Associate, Cardiff University (UK); “Ramón & Cajal” researcher, CSIC (Barcelona); Senior Researcher, IDAEA-CSIC from 2007- now).
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Mar Viana
Mar Viana OC/EC lab
Tenured Scientist. Working in EGAR since 2001. Her research interests focus on atmospheric geochemistry, indoor and outdoor air quality, source apportionment, and occupational exposure to nanomaterials.
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 Aurelio Tobias
Aurelio Tobias
Senior Tenured Researcher. I originally trained in Statistics, before moving over to do a PhD in Epidemiology and Public health. I have a broad range of research interests with a common theme of applied statistical and epidemiological methods in environmental health studies. In particular, the application of time-series regression models in public health, also the statistical methods for meta-analysis. My current research focus on environmental epidemiology, studying the short-term effects of environmental risk factors, mainly air pollution and on human health.
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Fulvio Amato
Fulvio Amato
Tenured Scientist. PhD on traffic non-exhaust emissions at EGAR in 2010. Specialized in CARES (NY, USA) and TNO (Netherlands) on air quality, non-exhaust traffic PM and source apportionment methods. Member of national and international working groups advising on air quality.
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Mª Cruz Minguillón
Mª Cruz Minguillón Responsible of ACSM
Ramón y Cajal fellow. PhD in 2007. Her main expertise focus on air quality and impact of mitigation measures, carbonaceous aerosol (among others, by using aerosol mass spectrometers), indoor air quality and new technologies for air quality measurements.
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Angeliki Karanasiou
Angeliki Karanasiou
Ramon y Cajal fellow. Expert on chemical and physical characterization of atmospheric aerosols. She works on the carbonaceous fraction of atmospheric particles specifically on elemental, organic and carbonate carbon, investigating the emission processes and analytical methods of determination.
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Marco Pandolfi
Marco PandolfiResponsible of optical measurements
Ramon y Cajal fellow. Responsible for the surface in-situ and remote aerosol optical measurements. PhD in 2003. Primary research focuses are: Aerosol optical properties and how these properties change with aerosol chemical composition, trend analyses, source apportionment methods.
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Noemi Pérez
Noemi Pérez Responsible of Montseny site and CPC and SMPS measurements
Postdoc researcher. PhD in environmental sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her work focuses mainly on atmospheric geochemistry and air quality studies. She is responsible for aerosol monitoring at the ACTRIS-GAW site Montseny and for ultrafine particle measurements at the IDAEA network.
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Cristina Reche
Cristina Reche Responsible of Barcelona site
Postdoc researcher. She holds a BS in Environmental Studies and received her PhD on Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Her main field is the study of air pollutants physicochemical properties and human exposure both at indoor and outdoor urban environments. Currently her primary research focuses on air quality at metro systems.
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Patricia Córdoba
Patricia CórdobaResponsible of the Geochemistry Lab
Juan de la Cierva Fellow. PhD on the partitioning and fate of trace elements at two full-scale power plants equipped with a wet limestone flue gas desulphurization (FGD) system at the IDÆA-CSIC in through the framework of the UPC doctorate program in Geochemistry in 2013. Patricia´s expertise is in general combustion and especially FGD systems, relating to the chemistry of inorganic trace pollutants and to the reuse of solid by-products.
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Anna Ripoll
Anna RipollPostdoc researcher
PhD in 2015 on physical, optical and chemical properties of aerosols at a remote site (Montsec). She works within CAPTOR european project about ozone.
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Marina Ealo
Marina Ealo
PhD student. BSc in Environmental Sciences and completed a MSc in Meteorology at the University of Barcelona. She is currently doing a PhD and her main research focus on studying the optical properties of atmospheric aerosols and its spatio-temporal evolution depending on emission sources and atmospheric dynamics.
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Apostolos Salmatonidis
Apostolos Salmatonidis
PhD student. Diploma in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Ioannina, Greece. M.Sc. in Materials Physics and Technology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Research Associate in the Nanomaterials group of the Institute for Particle Technology (IPAT), TU Braunschweig, Germany.
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Carla Ribalta
Carla Ribalta
PhD student. I have studied Environmental Science in the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master on Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management in the University of Barcelona. During the first years of my career I was working on the field of ecotoxicology. My actual work is mainly focussed on indoor workers exposure to micro- and nanoparticles.
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Amaia Fernandez
Amaia Fernandez
PhD student. Degree in Chemistry. Master in Analytical Chemistry. Doctoral thesis in personal exposure during public transport commuting.
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Natalia Moreno
Natalia MorenoResponsible of X-Ray Laboratory
Degree in Pharmacy, Universitat de Barcelona and Ph.D. in Environment and Natural Resources, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2002. Currently permanent staff at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Spanish Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain as a responsible of X-Ray Laboratory. Since 1997, my research focuses on industrial emissions, recycling of industrial wastes and atmospheric pollution.
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Mercè Cabañas
Mercè CabañasResponsible of ICP-MS laboratory
Technician. Responsible of ICP-MS laboratory. Degree in Chemical Sciences, University of Barcelona. Laboratory Technician at ICP-MS/AES. My work focuses on elemental analysis by ICP.
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Rafael Bartrolí
Rafael BartrolíResponsible ICP-AES
Technician. Responsible ICP-AES. Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Barcelona. Laboratory Technician at ICP-MS/AES. My work focuses on elemental analysis by ICP and FRX and granulometric analysis.
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Silvia Martínez
Silvia MartínezTechnician
Technician. ICP-AES Specialist. Industrial Technical Engineer, Industrial Chemical Specialty. Working in the ICP-AES / MS laboratory.
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Oriol Font
Oriol Font Responsible of the Environmental Geochemistry Lab
Technician. Responsible of the Environmental Geochemistry Lab. He has received degree in Geology at the University of Barcelona and PhD at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Industrial emissions, waste valorization, trace pollutants, environmental geochemistry, and mineralogy are his main research topics.
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Rebeca Vazquez
Rebeca VazquezResponsible of Atmospheric Geochemistry laboratory
Superior Technician in Environmental Health. My work focuses on chemical analysis of the content in carbonaceous aerosols (organic carbon (OC) and (EC) elemental carbon) in atmospheric particles by a OC/EC Sunset Analyser Inc.
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Diana Blanco
Diana Blanco Technician
Technician. Laboratory technician in Enviromental chemistry
Treatment atmospheric filters and Chemical analysis of atmospheric pollutants
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Jesus Parga
Jesus PargaTechnician
Optical microscopy sample preparation. Maintenance of air quality monitoring sites.
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María Izquierdo
María IzquierdoRamon y Cajal research fellow
Main research interests cover using isotopes as environmental tracers, determining the (bio)availability of trace elements in soils, and assessing the behaviour and long term changes in lability, solubility and fixation of stable elements and radionuclides at the geosphere-biosphere interface.
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Eugenia Alonso
Eugenia AlonsoTechnician
Superior Technician in Environmental Health Treatment atmospheric filters and Chemical analysis of atmospheric pollutants.
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Cristina Carnerero
Cristina CarnereroPhD student
BSc in Physics and MSc in Meteorology by the University of Barcelona.
With a background on atmospheric modelling and forecasting of daily ozone levels, her current research focuses on the origin of high tropospheric ozone episodes.
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Pedro Trechera Ruiz
Pedro Trechera RuizPhD student
University Degree in Chemistry and University Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry by the University of Barcelona. Currently, his research is focused on the characteristics of coal dust exposure in coal mines depending on the coal properties and mine characteristics.
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Alessia Mancuso
Alessia MancusoPhD student
BSc in Science and Technology for cultural heritage and MSc in Chemistry by the University of Padua. My actual research project is focused on the identification and quantification of the sources of submicron ambient aerosols in the Western Mediterranean Basin with aerosol chemical speciation monitor (ACSM).
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