Theses 2015

Mabel Torr?ns del Valle
Francisco Jos? Su?? Grande
Luis Iglesias P?rez
Rafael Fern?ndez Prats
Zafar Abbas Bangash
Irene Sancho Conde
Maria Serral Serra
Beibei Huang

Magdalena Olkiewicz
Joanne Pi?era Bartolome
Jonathan Sabat? del R?o
Janire Pascual Gonz?lez
Krzysztof Artur Bogdanowicz
Miquel Puxeu Vaqu?
Evgeny Bolshak
Mar?a Dolores Melgar Freire

MABEL TORR?NS DEL VALLE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan and Dr. Mayreli Ortiz
TITLE OF THESIS: MOLECULAR AND SUPRAMOLECULAR SURFACE MODIFICATION TOOLS FOR HIGHLY SENSITIVE AMPEROMETRIC AND ELECTROCHEMILUMINESCENT BIOSENSORS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Pablo Ballester [President] (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona)
– Dr. Maria Isabel Pividori [Secretary] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Sara Tombelli [Vocal] (Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, Italy)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 15th January 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

FRANCISCO JOS? SU?? GRANDE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Bonet and Dr. Hans J?rg Witt
TITLE OF THESIS: VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT: A METHOD FOR THE EDUCATION AND EVALUATION THROUGH COMPETENCIES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Svante Gunnarsson [President] (Link?ping University, Sweden)
– Dr. Clara Salue?a [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Asier Aranz?bal Maiztegui [Vocal] (Universidad del Pa?s Vasco, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 30th January 2015
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

LUIS IGLESIAS P?REZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francesc Medina and Dr. Mayra Garc?a
TITLE OF THESIS: ON THE USE OF LAYERED DOUBLE HYDROXIDES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF 129I FROM LIQUID NUCLEAR WASTES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Francisco L?pez Bonillo [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Julio Astudillo [Secretary] (ENRESA, Madrid)
– Dr. Natallia Torapava [Vocal] (Lund University, Sweden)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 24th April 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

RAFAEL FERN?NDEZ PRATS
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francisco Javier Huera
TITLE OF THESIS: HYDRODYNAMICS OF PITCHING FOILS: FLEXIBILITY AND GROUND EFFECTS
DEPARTMENT: DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Ramiro Godoy-Diana [President] (ParisTech, France)
– Dr. Anton Vernet Pe?a [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Oscar Flores [Vocal] (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 8th May 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

ZAFAR ABBAS BANGASH
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Francisco Javier Huera
TITLE OF THESIS: VORTEX INDUCED VIBRATIONS OF LONG FLEXIBLE CYLINDERS WITH AND WITHOUT WAKE INTERFERENCE
DEPARTMENT: DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Antonio Souto-Iglesias [President] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid, Spain)
– Dr. Francesc Ferrando Piera [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Leo M Gonz?lez Gutierrez [Vocal] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Tuesday, 12th May 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

IRENE SANCHO CONDE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Jordi Pallares and Dr. Anton Vernet
TITLE OF THESIS: EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL ANALYSES OF FLOW-LIMITED CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN LAMINAR AND TURBULENT REGIMES
DEPARTMENT: DEM
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Salvatore Cito [Secretary] (Universitat de Helsinki, Finland)
– Dr. Maria Pilar Arroyo de Grandes [Vocal] (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 29th May 2015
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

MARIA SERRAL SERRA
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Bonet
TITLE OF THESIS: MODELING OF THIN POLYMER FILMS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Roque Hidalgo Alvarez [President] (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
– Dr. Allan Mackie [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Peter Sandk?hler [Vocal] (Dow Europe GmbH, Switzerland)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 12th June 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

BEIBEI HUANG
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Vladimir Baulin
TITLE OF THESIS: MODELING OF SELF-ASSEMBLY OF CHARGED POLYMERS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Lev Sarkisov [President] (University of Edinburgh, UK)
– Dr. Allan Mackie [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Klemen Bohinc [Vocal] (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 13th July 2015
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

MAGDALENA OLKIEWICZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Christophe Bengoa
TITLE OF THESIS: PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FROM SLUDGE GENERATED IN MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Carlo Pastore [President] (CNR (National Counsil of Research), Italy)
– Dr. Josep Font Capafons [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Fernando Mart?nez Castillejo [Vocal] (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 31st July 2015
TIME: 11.30h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

JOANNE PI?ERA BARTOLOME
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Alex Fragoso
TITLE OF THESIS: PREPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND ELECTROANALYTICAL APPLICATIONS OF CARBON NANO-ONION MODIFIED SURFACES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. F. Xavier Rius [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Mar?a ?ngeles Herranz Astudillo [Secretary] (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
– Dr. Maria Isabel Pividori [Vocal] (Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 25th September 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

JONATHAN SABAT? DEL R?O
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Ciara O?Sullivan
TITLE OF THESIS: DNA BIOSENSORS BASED ON INTEGRATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION-DETECTION STRATEGIES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Pau Ballester [President] (ICIQ, Tarragona)
– Dr. Luis A. Tortajada-Genaro [Secretary] (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain)
– Dr. Peter Bienstman [Vocal] (University of Gent, Belgium)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 19th October 2015
TIME: 10.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

JANIRE PASCUAL GONZ?LEZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Gonzalo Guill?n and Dr. Laureano Jim?nez
TITLE OF THESIS: DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMATIC METHODS FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF LIFE CYCLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Guido Sonnemann [President] (University of Bordeaux, France)
– Dr. Dieter Thomas Boer [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Juan Antonio Reyes Labarta [Vocal] (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 23rd October 2015
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

KRZYSZTOF ARTUR BOGDANOWICZ
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Marta Giamberini and Dr. Toni Reina
TITLE OF THESIS: LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMERS FOR SMART APPLICATIONS
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. M? Desamparados Ribes Greus [President] (Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia, Spain)
– Dr. Ricard Garcia Valls [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Veronica Ambrogi [Vocal] (Universit? degli Studi di Napoli ?Federico II?, Italy)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Monday, 2nd November 2015
TIME: 12.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION

MIQUEL PUXEU VAQU?
SUPERVISORS: Dr. S?lvia de Lamo
TITLE OF THESIS: APPLICATION OF INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY IN MID-INFRARED RANGE COMBINED WITH MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS TO STUDY YEASTS INVOLVED IN WINE PRODUCTION
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Ricard Boqu? i Mart? [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Jos? Manuel Guillam?n [Secretary] (Instituto de Agroqu?mica y Tecnolog?a de Alimentos, Valencia)
– Dr. Ram?n Mira de Ordu?a Heidinger [Vocal] (Ecole d?Ing?nieurs de Changins, France)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Thursday, 12th November 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

EVGENY BOLSHAK
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Daniel Montan? and Dr. S?nia Abell?
TITLE OF THESIS: SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NICKEL-BASED MIXED OXIDES FOR ETHANOL STEAM REFORMING
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Narc?s Homs Mart? [President] (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona)
– Dr. Yolanda Cesteros Fern?ndez [Secretary] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. Marta Santiago Redondo [Vocal] (HEMPEL, Barcelona)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 20th November 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Sala de Graus, ETSEQ

MAR?A DOLORES MELGAR FREIRE
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Josep Bonet and Dr. Carles Bo
TITLE OF THESIS: KEPLERATES: FROM ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE TO DYNAMIC PROPERTIES
DEPARTMENT: DEQ
NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS OF MEMBERS PhD COMMITTEE: – Dr. Josep Maria Poblet Rius [President] (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
– Dr. S?bastien Floquet [Secretary] (Universit? de Versailes-San Quentin, France)
– Dr. Fernando Bresme [Vocal] (Imperial College, UK)
DATE OF DEFENSE: Friday, 4th December 2015
TIME: 11.00h
ROOM OF DEFENSE: Library, ICIQ
*INTERNATIONAL MENTION