Theses 2013

Cinta Panisello Llatje
Guillem Gilbart Oriol
Eskinder Gemisse Demechu
Andrey Kostin
Alemayehu Paulus Washe
Sergio Daniel Rios
Gustavo Adolfo Orozco Alvarado
Mar?a Jos? Amores Barrero
Carmen Mar?a Torres Costa
Oscar Antonio Osegueda Chicas
Sema Sirin
Tilahun Kidanemariam Gelaw

Esther Torrens Serrahima
Ekaterina Antipova
Eugenio Cristian Lira Miranda
Clara Tatiana Gonz?lez Hidalgo
Biniam Taddele Maru
Hany Hassan Hussein Abdel Aziz*
Vijayalakshmi Gunasekaran
Sarathiraja Ramakrishnan
Yolanda Cuenca Mart?nez
Asta Sakalyte
Albert Gasull Morales

CINTA PANISELLO LLATJE
SUPERVISORS: Dr Ricard Garcia Valls
TITLE OF THESIS: PRODUCCI? I CARACTERITZACI? DE MICROC?PSULES POLIM?RIQUES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. ?ngels Cano Odena[President] (Porometer, UK)
– Dr. Bartosz Tylkowski [Secretary] (Centre Tecnol?gic de la Qu?mica, Tarragona)
– Dr. Alberto Vaca Puga [Vocal] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia, Valencia)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 4th March 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

GUILLEM GILABERT ORIOL
SUPERVISORS: Dr Ricard Garcia Valls, Dr Markus Busch and Dr Ver?nica Garc?a
TITLE OF THESIS: OPTIMIZATION OF ULTRAFILTRATION MEMBRANE CLEANING PROCESSES. PRETREATMENT FOR REVERSE OSMOSIS IN SEAWATER DESALINATION PLANTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Peter Aerts [President] (Dow Benelux B.V., The Netherlands)
– Dr. Josep Font Capafons [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Thomas Wintgens [Vocal] (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 5th March 2013
TIME: 16.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

ESKINDER DEMISSE GEMECHU
SUPERVISORS: Dr Francesc Castells and Dr Isabela Butnar
TITLE OF THESIS: ENVIRONMENTAL TAX ON PRODUCTS AND SERVICES BASED ON THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT: THE CASE OF SPAIN
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Gumersindo Feijoo Costa [President] (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela)
– Dr. Maria Llop Llop [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Richard Simon Josef Tol [Vocal] (University of Sussex, UK)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 15th March 2013
TIME: 12.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

ANDREY KOSTIN
SUPERVISORS: Dr Laureano Jim?nez and Dr Gonzalo Guillen
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING METHODS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Antonio Espu?a Camarasa [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Dieter Boer [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Chritian Blum [Vocal] (Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 18th March 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

ALEMAYEHU PAULUS WASHE
SUPERVISORS: Dr Ioanis Katakis and Dr Pablo Lozano
TITLE OF THESIS: ELECTROCHEMICALLY ACTUATED CAPILLARY FLOW CONTROL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTEGRATED MICROFLUIDIC DEVIDES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
DOCTORAL PROGRAMME: NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. M?nica Camp?s [Secretary] (IRTA, Sant Carles de la R?pita)
– Dr. Klaus Drese [Vocal] (Institut f?r Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 21st March 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

SERGIO DANIEL R?OS
SUPERVISORS: Dr Xavier Farriol, Dr Joan Salvad? and Dr Carles Torras
TITLE OF THESIS: MICROALGAE DOWNSTREAM PROCESSING AND ECONOMICAL APPROACHES OF BIODIESEL PRODUCTION PROCESSES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Eulogio Castro [President] (Universidad de Ja?n, Ja?n)
– Dr. Maria del Carme G?ell Saperas [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. S?nia Abell? Cros [Vocal] (IREC, Tarragona)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 22nd March 2013
TIME: 11.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

GUSTAVO ADOLFO OROZCO ALVARADO
SUPERVISORS: Dr Allan Mackie and Dr Veronique Lachet
TITLE OF THESIS: AMINE TRANSFERABLE FORCE FIELDS FOR MOLECULAR SIMULATION
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Carlos Vega de las Heras [President] (Universidad Complutenese de Madrid, Madrid)
– Dr. Josep Bonet [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Agilio Padua [Vocal] (Universidad Blaise Pascal, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 5th April 2013
TIME: 10.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

MAR?A JOS? AMORES BARRERO
SUPERVISORS: Dr Francesc Castells and Dr Assumpci? Anton
TITLE OF THESIS: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE BASED ON WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE ASSESSMENTS: TOOLS FOR DECISION MAKING BY LIFE CYCLE APPROACH
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Marta Schuhmacher Ansuategui [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Almudena Hospido Quintana [Secretary] (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela)
– Dr. Ralph Rosenbaum [Vocal] (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 29th April 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

CARMEN MAR?A TORRES COSTA
SUPERVISORS: Dr Josep Maria Mateo and Dr Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUS EVALUATION AND PROCESS DESIGN METHODOLOGY FOR CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Luis Puigjaner Corbella [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Dieter Boer [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jos? Antonio Caballero Su?rez [Vocal] (Universidad de Alicante, Alicante)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 24th May 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

OSCAR ANTONIO OSEGUEDA CHICAS
SUPERVISORS: Dr Francesc Medina, Dr Anton Dafinov and Dr Jes?s Eduardo Sueiras
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL CATALYTIC MEMBRANE REACTOR: APPLICATION IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jordi Llorca Piqu? [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Mayra Garc?a ?lvarez [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Atsushi Urakawa [Vocal] (ICIQ, Tarragona)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 4th June 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

SEMA SIRIN
SUPERVISORS: Dr Joan Salvad?
TITLE OF THESIS: PRE-CONCENTRATION STRATEGIES FOR MICROALGAE HARVESTING AS BIOREFINERY PROCESS CHAIN
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Xavier Farriol [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Carles Torras [Secretary] (IREC, Tarragona)
– Dr. Paloma Manzanares Secades [Vocal] (CIEMAT, Madrid)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 14th June 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala Multim?dia, FURV

TILAHUN KIDANEMARIAM GELAW
SUPERVISORS: Dr S?lvia de Lamo
TITLE OF THESIS: NOVEL USES OF ATTENUATED TOTAL REFLECTANCE INFRARED MICROSPECTROSCOPY COMBINED WITH MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS IN FOOD PROCESSING
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Maria Izquierdo Pulido [President] (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Ricard Boqu? Mart? [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Nurcan Koca [Vocal] (Ege University, Turkey)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 14th June 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Aula 107, ETSEQ

ESTHER TORRENS SERRAHIMA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Font
TITLE OF THESIS: ENHANCED EXCESS SLUDGE DIGESTION USING THERMAL AND CHEMICAL PRETREATMENTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Nicolas Roche [President] (Aix-Marseille University, France)
– Dr. Christophe Bengoa [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Mar?a del Mar Pe?a Miranda [Vocal] (Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 18th July 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

EKATERINA ANTIPOVA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Dieter Boer, Dr. Laureano Jim?nez and Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n
TITLE OF THESIS: ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING TOOLS FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS DESIGN
DEPARTMENT: DEQ/DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Marta Schuhmacher [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jos? Rub?n Ruiz Femenia [Secretary] (Universidad de Alicante,Alicante)
– Dr. Albert Castell Casol [Vocal] (Universitat de Lleida, Lleida)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 9th September 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Lab 111, DEM

EUGENIO CRISTIAN LIRA MIRANDA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francisco L?pez and Dr. Fernando No? Salazar
TITLE OF THESIS: BENTONITE FINING DURING DIFFERENT WHITE WINEMAKING STAGES: EFFECT ON THE CHEMICAL AND SENSORY PROPERTIES OF THE WINE
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Ignacio Orriols Fern?ndez [President] (Estaci?n de Viticultura e Enolox?a de Galicia)
– Dr. Francisco Medina Cabello [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Simone Vincenzi [Vocal] (Universit? di Padova, Italy)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 10th September 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

CLARA TATIANA GONZ?LEZ HIDALGO
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Joan Herrero and Dr. Dolors Puigjaner
TITLE OF THESIS: ANALYSIS OF ENHANCED MIXING BY NATURAL AND FORCED CONVECTION WITH APPLICATION TO CHEMICAL REACTOR DESIGN
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jordi Grifoll Taverna [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Yulian Dimitrov Spasov [Secretary] (Trident House, UK)
– Dr. Mohammad Al-Shannag [Vocal] (Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 20th September 2013
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Lab 111, DEM

BINIAM TADDELE MARU
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francesc Medina and Dr. Magdalena Constant?
TITLE OF THESIS: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN AND CHEMICAL COMMODITIES FROM BIODIESEL WASTE CRUDE GLYCEROL AND CELLULOSE BY BIOLOGICAL AND CATALYTIC PROCESSES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jordi Llorca [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Francisco L?pez Bonillo [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Enrique Llaudet Carles [Vocal] (Universit?t T?bingen, Germany)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 20th September 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

HANY HASSAN HUSSEIN ABDEL AZIZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. T?nia Gum? and Dr. Kelly Brice?o
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF HYBRID SILICA MEMBRANE MATERIAL FOR MOLECULAR SEIVE APPLICATIONS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Andre Ayral [President] (Universite Montpellier 2, France)
– Dr. M? Cinta Panisello Llatje [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jorge Macan?s [Vocal] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Terrassa)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 10th October 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION (Doctoral programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)

VIJAYALAKSHMI GUNASEKARAN
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Magdalena Constant?
TITLE OF THESIS: BACTERIAL DEGRADATION OF ETHYL TERT-BUTYL ETHER AND STUDY OF THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS UNDERLYING ITS BIODEGRADATION
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Vlada Urlacher [President] (Heinrich-Heine University of D?sseldorf, Germany)
– Dr. Ioanis Katakis [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Clementina Pozo Llorente [Vocal] (Universidad de Granada, Granada)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 18th October 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

SARATHIRAJA RAMAKRISHNAN
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Carme G?ell and Dr. Montse Ferrando
TITLE OF THESIS: ENCAPSULATION OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS BY PREMIX MEMBRANE EMULSIFICATION
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Thomas Sch?fer [President] (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain)
– Dr. Isabel Achaerandio [Secretary] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Mari Paz Romero Fabregat [Vocal] (Universitat de LLeida, Lleida)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 8th November 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

YOLANDA CUENCA MART?NEZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Manel Vall?s and Dr. Anton Vernet
TITLE OF THESIS: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF NEW MIXTURES FOR ABSORPTION CYCLES AND THE EFFECT OF THE NANOPARTICLES ADDITION
DEPARTMENT: DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Carlos Alberto Nieto de Castro [President] (Universidad de Lisboa, Portugal)
– Dr. Daniel Salavera Mu?oz [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Mohamed Khayet Souhaimi [Vocal] (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 14th November 2013
TIME: 11.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

ASTA SAKALYTE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Marta Giamberini and Dr. Jos? Antonio Reina
TITLE OF THESIS: PROTON TRANSPORT MEMBRANES BASED ON LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMERS HAVING COLUMNAR MESOPHASES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Cosimo Carfagna [President] (Universit? degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy)
– Dr. Yolanda D?az Gim?nez [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Milagros Pi?ol Lacambra [Vocal] (Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 22nd November 2013
TIME: 11.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

ALBERT GASULL MORALES
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ricard Garcia and Dr. Johan Smets
TITLE OF THESIS: SPRAY BASED POLYMERIC CORE-SHELL MICROCAPSULES PRODUCTION FOR FABRIC CARE APPLICATIONS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Marta Giamberini [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Alberto Vaca Puga [Secretary] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia, Valencia)
– Dr. Moira Ambrosi [Vocal] (University of Florence, Italy)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 5th December 2013
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: ALA D’ACTES DEL CENTRE TECNOL?GIC DE QU?MICA DE CATALUNYA EDIFICI N5 DEL CAMPUS SESCELADES
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION