Dr. Maria José Farré

Research scientist (Ramón Y Cajal), Water Quality Area

Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Maria José Farré

Ramon y Cajal research fellow, Water Quality Area, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Maria José Farré obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain in 2007. From 2008 to 2014 she did a postdoc at the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is, since late 2014, at the Catalan Institute for Water (ICRA), first as a Marie Curie Fellow and since 2017 with a Ramon y Cajal fellowship.
She investigates water treatment with a focus on public health, civil and environmental engineering and analytical chemistry. She has a particular interest on disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation, characterization of their precursors and novel strategies for the holistic diagnosis of water samples to predict DBP formation and, in general, to evaluate water treatment to ultimately protect human health and the environment.

She has published 39 peer-reviewed ISI publications and 4 book chapters; 16 first-authored and 13 senior-authored publications, in total >1,000 citations, H-index = 18 (Scopus). She is a research adjunct at The University of Queensland.


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Relevant publications:

1. Farré, M.J*, Jaen-Gil, A., Hawkes, J.A., Petrovic, M., Catalán, N. Orbitrap molecular fingerprint of dissolved organic matter in natural waters and its relationship with NDMA formation potential. (2019) Science of the Total Environment. Accepted. IF: 4.610.

2. de Vera, G.A., Keller, J., Gernjak, W., Weinberg, H., Farré, M.J*. Biodegradability of DBP precursors after drinking water ozonation (2016) Water Research, 106, pp. 550-561. IF: 6.942. 2/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 97.698. Citations: 12

3. Mamo, J., Insa, S., Monclús, H., Rodríguez-Roda, I., Comas, J., Barceló, D., Farré, M.J.* Fate of NDMA precursors through an MBR-NF pilot plant for urban wastewater reclamation and the effect of changing aeration conditions (2016) Water Research, 102, pp. 383-393. IF: 6.942. 2/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 97.698. Citations: 9

4. Farré, M.J*., Insa, S., Mamo, J., Barceló, D. Determination of 15 N-nitrosodimethylamine precursors in different water matrices by automated on-line solid-phase extraction ultra-high-performance-liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (2016) Journal of Chromatography A, 1458, pp. 99-111. IF: 3.981. 13/80 in Analytical chemistry. JIF Percentile: 83.156. Citations: 14

5. De Vera, G.A., Stalter, D., Gernjak, W., Weinberg, H.S., Keller, J., Farré, M.J.* Towards reducing DBP formation potential of drinking water by favoring direct ozone over hydroxyl radical reactions during ozonation (2015) Water Research, 87, pp. 49-58. IF: 5.991. 2/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 97.841. Citations: 28
6. Doederer, K., Gernjak, W., Weinberg, H.S., Farré, M.J*. Factors affecting the formation of disinfection by-products during chlorination and chloramination of secondary effluent for the production of high-quality recycled water (2014) Water Research, 48 (1), pp. 218-228. IF: 5.528. 2/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 97.465. Citations: 43

7. Farré, M.J*., Reungoat, J., Argaud, F.X., Rattier, M., Keller, J., Gernjak, W. Fate of N-nitrosodimethylamine, trihalomethane and haloacetic acid precursors in tertiary treatment including biofiltration (2011) Water Research, 45 (17), pp. 5695-5704. IF: 4.865. 2/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 94.746. Citations: 46

8. Farré, M.J*., Doederer, K., Hearn, L., Poussade, Y., Keller, J., Gernjak, W. Understanding the operational parameters affecting NDMA formation at Advanced Water Treatment Plants (2011) Journal of Hazardous Materials, 185 (2-3), pp. 1575-1581. IF: 4.173. 5/50 in Environmental Engineering. JIF Percentile: 93.102. Citations: 48