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Materials Technology and Environment

Líneas de investigación

Main research lines

  • Analytical methodologies for the study of environmental samples
    Objetives: This research line is focused on the development of analytical methods for the determination of metals and their species in environmental samples. The methods developed allow us to study the mobility and bioavailability of metals in soils, as well as their bioaccumulation in terrestrial plants and marine algae. In the case of arsenic, speciation analyses are carried out due to the different toxicity of the arsenic compounds. On the other hand, in collaboration with CSIC (Spanish Research Council), some investigations are performed in order to apply the theoretical chemistry to the study of atmospheric processes and interstellar medium (in gas phase). High-level ab initio methods, highly correlated, are used for structural and spectroscopic characterization of rigid and non-rigid molecular species, focusing on prebiotic species and pollutants.
  • Study and development of transparent porous media for physical modeling
    Objetives: Under this research line, on-scale material testing, by using transparent porous media (synthetic soils), for physical modeling are performed. This methodology allows direct observation of flow phenomena related to environmental geotechnics.
  • Control Technologies in Civil Engineering
    Objetives: This research line includes the development of evolutive models for the detection of pathologies in tunnels by using laser vision technology, with the aim of increasing safety and service life of such structures. Infrastructure maintenance studies are also performed through monitoring of moisture and temperature variations by installing sensors in the road pavements under different conditions, in order to obtain an analytical model that appropriately leads to normalized specific rehabilitation measures. Furthermore, experimental studies on emerging environmental technologies in water supply, sanitation and waste-water purification are conducted.
  • Methodologies for the analysis of geological hazards
    Objetives: Studies of exposure, danger and vulnerability caused by geological hazards over urban infrastructure, and over population in general, are performed. These studies allow us to design mitigation strategies related to geological hazards.


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María Angeles Quijano Nieto






Building materials.


Geological hazards.

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