Dr. Gianluigi Buttiglieri

Research scientist (Ramón Y Cajal), Technology and Evaluation Area

Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)


E-mail: gbuttiglieri@icra.cat

Ph: +34 972 183 380

F: +34 972 183 248

Gianluigi Buttiglieri

Research scientist (Ramón Y Cajal) in Technology and Evaluation Area, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Gianluigi Buttiglieri obtained his PhD in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (2008) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. After two years of postdoc in Politecnico di Milano (2008-2010) in 2010 he moved to ICRA. Since January 2016 he is research scientist (Ramón y Cajal) at ICRA.


His main expertise is in environmental engineering and his research is focused on the fate of organic micropollutants in the environment and in wastewater treatment plants (conventional activated sludge systems, enriched and pure strain biomass, membrane bioreactors, wetlands, advanced oxidation systems, pool water disinfection) as well as on membrane bioreactor systems, fouling of membranes and decision support systems and, more recently, on water reuse and circular economy issues.

He was the scientific coordinator of the FP7 European demEAUmed (www.demeaumed.eu) project, he was involved in many projects and actually PI of a H2020 project for ICRA (HYDROUSA) and co-PI of a RETOS project (CLEaN-TOUR).


He has published more than 30 papers in SCI journals (H index of 15) and published 4 book chapters and reports. He supervised 2 PhD students and actually supervising other 2 PhD students.


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Relevant publications

Ekowati Y., Ferrero, G., Farré M.J., Maria D. Kennedy, M.D., Buttiglieri, G. (2019). Application of UVOX Redox® for swimming pool water treatment: Microbial inactivation, disinfection byproduct formation and micropollutant removal. Chemosphere 220:176-184.

Kassotaki, E., Pijuan, P., Joss, A., Borrego, C.M., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Buttiglieri G. (2018). Unraveling the potential of a combined nitritation-anammox biomass towards the biodegradation of pharmaceutically active compounds. Science of the Total Environment 624: 722–731.

Atanasova, N., Dalmau, M., Comas, J., Poch, M., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Buttiglieri, G. (2017). Optimized MBR for greywater reuse systems in hotel facilities. Journal of Environmental Management 193: 503-511.

Ekowati, Y., Buttiglieri, G., Ferrero, G., Valle-Sistac, J., Diaz-Cruz, M.S., Barcelo, D., Petrovic, M., Villagrasa, M., Kennedy, M.D., Rodriguez-Roda, I. (2016). Occurrence of pharmaceuticals and UV filters in swimming pools and spas. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 1-1. 23(14):14431-41.

Kassotaki E., Buttiglieri G., Ferrando-Climent L., Rodriguez-Roda I., Pijuan M. (2016). Enhanced sulfamethoxazole degradation through ammonia oxidizing bacteria co-metabolism and fate of transformation products. Water Research 94: 111-119.

Rubirola A., Llorca M., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Casas N., Rodriguez-Roda I., Barceló D., Buttiglieri G. (2014). Characterization of metoprolol biodegradation and its transformation products generated in activated sludge batch experiments and in full scale WWTPs. Water Research. 63: 21-32.

Collado N., Buttiglieri G., Kolvenbach B.A., Comas J., Corvini P.F.X and Rodríguez-Roda I. (2013). Exploring the potential of applying proteomics for tracking bisphenol A and nonylphenol degradation in activated sludge. Chemosphere. 80 (8): 2309-2314.

Collado N., Buttiglieri G., Ferrando-Climent L., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Barceló D., Comas J., Rodriguez-Roda I. (2012). Removal of Ibuprofen and its Transformation Products: Experimental and Simulation Studies. Science of the Total Environment. 433, 296-301.

Buttiglieri G., Peschka M., Frömel T., Müller J., Malpei F., Seel P., Knepper T.P. (2009). Environmental presence and degradation studies of the herbicide n-chloridazon. Water Research 43 (11), 2865-2873.