Prof. Dr. Juan M. Lema Rodicio

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering

Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa s/n, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela. Spain



Phone: +34 8818 16793

Juan M. Lema Rodicio

Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). Supervisor of 59 PhD Thesis, author of more than 400 papers and book chapters (H index: 58, Scopus) and 18 patents (8 European or International). Editor of the book: Innovative Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Technologies, published by IWA.

His current research interests include: Biotransformation of organic micropollutants in wastewater treatment plants; Optimization and control of Anaerobic co-digestion; Development of innovative wastewater treatment plants; Biorefinery (Selective production of VFA and Bioplastics production).

He has coordinated or participated in 48 research projects founded by European Union (22), Spanish Commission of Science and Technology (18) and Galician Regional Government (8). He has been the coordinator of the COST Action ”Conceiving Wastewater treatment in 2020” (Water 2020). Coordinator of the Spanish network Novedar_Consolider. 16 relevant research projects with companies in the areas of treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater.

Prof. Lema is Doctor Honoris causa by the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso (Chile) since 2015; Appointed as Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2018 and he is the current president of the Royal Galician Academy of Sciences,.RAGC (2019).


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Relevant publications:

Gonzalez-Gil, L., Carballa, M., Corvini, P.F.-X., Lema, J.M.(2019). Reversibility of enzymatic reactions might limit biotransformation of organic micropollutants. Science of the Total Environment, 665:. 574-578

Gonzalez-Gil, L., Krah, D., Ghattas, A.-K., Carballa, M., Wick, A., Helmholz, L., Lema, J.M., Ternes, T.A.(2019) Biotransformation of organic micropollutants by anaerobic sludge enzymes.Water Research, 142 :202-214.

Braz, G.H.R., Fernandez-Gonzalez, N., Lema, J.M., Carballa, M.(2019). Organic overloading affects the microbial interactions during anaerobic digestion in sewage sludge reactors. Chemosphere. 129: 323-332.


Gonzalez-Gil, L., Mauricio-Iglesias, M., Carballa, M., Lema, J.M.(2018). Why are organic micropollutants not fully biotransformed? A mechanistic modelling approach to anaerobic systems. Water Research, 142:115-128.


Regueira, A., González-Cabaleiro, R., Ofiţeru, I.D., Rodríguez, J., Lema, J.M.(2018). Electron bifurcation mechanism and homoacetogenesis explain products yields in mixed culture anaerobic fermentations. Water Research, 141:349-356.