Theses 2014

N?ria Rovira Asenjo
Pavel Vaskan
Rubab Fatima Bangash
Alexander Muratov
Xavier Pascual Caro
Samuel Bacena Dulay
Ewelina Wajs
Ahmed Mehdi Debela
Ajith Kumar Arumugham Achari
Daniel Enreique Cort?s Borda
Selamawit Ashagre Messele

Claudia Nurra
Sunil Athalathil Ramankutty
Pedro Jes?s Copado M?ndez
Barbara Cristina Miranda Morales
Francesc F?brega Bonadona
Antoni Mir? Roig
Genaro Gonz?lex Baixauli
Rikkert Berendsen
Ivonne Graciela Escalona Hern?ndez
Shailesh Sable
Gael Clergeaud*

N?RIA ROVIRA ASENJO
SUPERVISORS: Dr. T?nia Gum?, Dr. Marta Sales and Dr. Roger Guimer?
TITLE OF THESIS: COMPLEX NETWORK APPROACHES TO SMALL TEAM ANALYSIS: CONFLICT AND GENDER
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Felix Reed-Tsochas [President] (University of Oxford, UK)
– Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n Gos?lbez [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jes?s G?mez G?rdenes [Vocal] (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Wednesday, 8th January 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

PAVEL VASKAN
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n and Dr. Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING METHODS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING AND SYSTEM BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Mois?s Graells Sobr? [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Dieter Boer [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jos? Rub?n Ru?z femenia [Vocal] (Universidad de Alicante, Alicante)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 28th March 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

RUBAB FATIMA BANGASH
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Ana Passuello
TITLE OF THESIS: ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ON HYDROLOGICAL ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND WATER ALLOCATION IN WATER SCARCE MEDITERRANEAN RIVER BASINS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Vicen? Acu?a [President] (Universitat de Girona, Spain)
– Dr. Vikas Kumar [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Montserrat N??ez Pineda [Vocal] (Institut Nacional de Reserche en Sciences et Technologies pour l?Environment et l?Agriculture, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 3rd April 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

ALEXANDER MURATOV
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Vladimir Baulin
TITLE OF THESIS: MODELING OF SELF-ORGANIZATION OF MICROTUBULES IN PLANT CELLS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Fabrice Jean Thalmann [President] (University of Strasbourg, France)
– Dr. Allan Mackie [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Thomas Bickel [Vocal] (Universit? Bordeaux 1, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 3rd April 2014
TIME: 09.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Aula 118, ETSEQ

XAVIER PASCUAL CARO
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Jaume Giralt and Dr. Robert Rallo
TITLE OF THESIS: MODELING, MONITORING AND CONTROL OF REVERSE OSMOSIS DESALINATION PLANTS USING DATA-BASED TECHNIQUES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Alexandre Arenas Moreno [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Victor F. Puntes [Secretary] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Pierre Aimar [Vocal] (Universit? Paul Sabatier, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 15th May 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

SAMUEL BACENA DULAY
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTROCHEMICAL BIOSENSORS FOR THE DETECTION OF BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Maria Isabel Pividori [President] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Alex Fragoso Sierra [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Iris Nandhakumar [Vocal] (University of Southampton, UK)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 6th June 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

EWELINA WAJS
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Alex Fragoso
TITLE OF THESIS: SUPRAMOLECULAR NANOARCHITECTURES BASED ON CYCLODEXTRIN HOST-GUEST INTERACTIONS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Francisco Javier de Mendoza Sans [President] (ICIQ, Tarragona)
– Dr. C?sar Fern?ndez S?nchez [Secretary] (Instituto de Microelectr?nica de Barcelona IMB-CNM (CSIC), Barcelona)
– Dr. Luis Echegoyen [Vocal] (University of Texas-El Paso (USA)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 26th June 2014
TIME: 10.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

AHMED MEHDI DEBELA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan and Dr. Mayreli Ortiz
TITLE OF THESIS: BIOANALYTICAL APPLICATIONS OF POLYOXOMETALATES USING MOLECULAR TOOLS FOR DETECTION OF DNA AND SNPS IN PRIMER EXTENSION
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Arben Merko?i [President] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Serge Thorimbert [Secretary] (University Perie et Marie Curie, Paris)
– Dr. M?nica Camp?s [Vocal] (IRTA, Sant Carles de la R?pita)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 4th July 2014
TIME: 09.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

AJITH KUMAR ARUMUGHAM ACHARI
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Jordi Grifoll and Dr. Joan Rosell
TITLE OF THESIS: NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN ELECTROSTATICALLY CHARGED VOLATILE SPRAYS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Pedro Garc?a Ybarra [President] (Universidad Nacional de Educaci?n a Distancia, UNED, Madrid)
– Dr. Josep Bonet ?valos [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Francisco Higuera Ant?n [Vocal] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid, Madrid)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 10th July 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

DANIEL ENRIQUE CORT?S BORDA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n and Dr Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE EFFICIENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES VIA MULTI-OBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTALLY EXTENDED INPUT-OUTPUT MODELS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jos? Antonio Caballero Su?rez [President] (Universidad de Alicante, Alicante)
– Dr. Dieter Thomas Boer [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Fernando Daniel Mele [Vocal] (Universidad Nacional del Tucum?n, Argentina)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 18th July 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

SELAMAWIT ASHAGRE MESSELE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Font
TITLE OF THESIS: HOMOGENEOUS AND HETEROGENEOUS AQUEOUS PHASE OXIDATION OF PHENOL WITH FENTON-LIKE PROCESSES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Laurence Le Coq [President] (Universit? Nantes, Angers, Le Mans, France)
– Dr. Frank St?ber [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Fernando Mart?nez Castillejo [Vocal] (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

CLAUDIA NURRA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Carles Torras
TITLE OF THESIS: SEPARATION PROCESSES IN MICROALGAE BIOREFINING
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Xavier Farriol Roig?s [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Albert Ibarz Ribas [Secretary] (Universitat de Lleida, Lleida)
– Dr. Michiel Makkee [Vocal] (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Wednesday, 15th October 2014
TIME: 13.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala d’Actes, N5
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

SUNIL ATHALATHIL RAMANKUTTY
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Azael Fabregat and Dr. Agust? Fortuny
TITLE OF THESIS: CONVERSION OF SLUDGE BIOMASS INTO CATALYSTS: ENVIRONMENTAL TREATMENT APPLICATIONS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Fidel Cunill Garcia [President] (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Josep Font i Capafons [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Carine Julcour [Vocal] (INP-Toulouse, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 16th October 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Aula Seminari 111, Mechanical Engineering Department
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

B?RBARA CRISTINA MIRANDA MORALES
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francesc Medina and Dr. Ricardo Jos? Chimentao
TITLE OF THESIS: HYDROGENOLYSIS OF GLYCEROL OVER NI-BASED CATALYSTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jordi Llorca [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)
– Dr. Mayra Garcia Alvarez [Secretary] (Fundaci? Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Noelia Barrabes Rabanal [Vocal] (University of Geneve, Switzerland)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 17th October 2014
TIME: 11.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Aula 104, ETSEQ

PEDRO JES?S COPADO M?NDEZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n and Dr. Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EFFICIENT ALGORITHMS FOR SOLVING COMPLEX SINGLE-OBJECTIVE AND MULTI-OBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION MODELS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jos? Rub?n Ru?z Femenia [President] (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
– Dr. Dieter Thomas Boer [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Elisabet Cap?n Garc?a [Vocal] (ETH Z?rich, Switzerland)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 17th October 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Aula Seminari 111, Mechanical Engineering Department
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

FRANCESC F?BREGA BONADONA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Mart? Nadal and Dr. Marta Schuhmacher
TITLE OF THESIS: PHYSIOLOGICALLY-BASED PHARMACOKINETIC (PBPK) MODELING OF PCDD/Fs AND PFASs IN HUMANS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jos? Luis Domingo Roig [President] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Joan Maria Llobet Mallafr? [Secretary] (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Dimosthenis Sargiannis [Vocal] (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 28th October 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

ANTONI MIR? ROIG
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n and Dr. Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: DYNAMIC MATHEMATICAL TOOLS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF REGULATORY STRUCTURES AND KINETIC PARAMETERS IN SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Jose Alberto Egea Larrosa [President] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Cartagena, Spain)
– Dr. Dieter Thomas Boer [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Pedro Miguel Gil de Castro [Vocal] (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 3rd November 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

GENARO GONZ?LEZ BAIXAULI
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Xavier Esteve and Dr. Francesc Daumal
TITLE OF THESIS: ESTUDIO AC?STICO DE LOS MONASTERIOS CISTERCIENSES MASCULINOS DEL CAMP DE TARRAGONA
DEPARTMENT: DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Francisco Hern?ndez Abad [President] (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya, Terrassa)
– Dr. Blas Herrera G?mez [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Francisco Javier Espinach Or?s [Vocal] (Universitat de Girona, Girona)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 4th November 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

RIKKERT BERENDSEN
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Montserrat Ferrando and Dr. Carme G?ell
TITLE OF THESIS: ENCAPSULATION OF PROCYANIDINS IN DOUBLE EMULSIONS STABILIZED BY PROTEIN?POLYSACCHARIDE COMPLEXES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Marilyn Rayner [President] (Lund University, Sweeden)
– Dr. M.Paz Romero Fabregat [Secretary] (Universitat de Lleida, Lleida)
– Dr. Juan Carlos Arboleya Payo [Vocal] (Azti-Tecnalia, Bilbao)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 14th November 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

IVONNE ESCALONA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Font
TITLE OF THESIS: MEMBRANE-ASSISTED ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Albin Pintar [President] (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia)
– Dr. Christophe Bengoa [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Raquel Iba?ez Mendizabal [Vocal] (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 20th November 2014
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*EUROPEAN MENTION

SHAILESH SABLE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Sandra Contreras and Dr. Francesc Medina
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL CATALYTIC MATERIALS FOR REMOVAL OF EMERGING ORGANIC POLLUTANTS BY ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES (AOPs)
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Fernando J. Beltran Novillo [President] (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain)
– Dr. Josep Font Capafons [Secretary] (Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Giuseppe Mascolo [Vocal] (Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque-CNR, Italy)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 12th December 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

GAEL CLERGEAUD
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan and Dr. Mayreli Ortiz
TITLE OF THESIS: LIPOSOMES AS VERSATILE TOOLS: NANOREACTORS, MEMBRANE MODELS AND DRUG DELIVERY CARRIERS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Pau Ballester [President] (ICIQ, Tarragona)
– Dr. Daniel Maspoch Comamala [Secretary] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona, Spain)
– Dr. Dimitrios Fatouros [Vocal] (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 16th December 2014
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION (Doctoral programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)