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Desalination and Photosynthesis

Scientific production in the last year

Number of papersNumber of papers in each QuartileNumber of papers with international collaborations
1384  5


  • Ortega-Delgado, B., Palenzuela, P., Altaee, A., Alarcón-Padilla, D.C., Hawari. A.H., Zaragoza, G. Thermodynamic and techno-economic assessment of forward osmosis as pretreatment to boost the thermal efficiency and sustainability of multi-effect distillation for seawater desalination. Desalination 541 (2022) 115989.
  • Bartolomé Ortega-Delgado, Patricia Palenzuela, Javier Bonilla, Manuel Berenguel, Lidia Roca, Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla. Dynamic modeling of a multi-effect vertical falling-film evaporator for water reuse in CSP plants. Desalination 529 (2022) 115623.
  • A. Andrés-Mañas, I. Requena, G. Zaragoza. Characterization of the use of vacuum enhancement in commercial pilot-scale air gap membrane distillation modules with different designs. Desalination 528 (2022) 115490.
  • A. Andrés-Mañas, I. Requena , A. Ruiz-Aguirre , G. Zaragoza. Performance modelling and optimization of three vacuum-enhanced membrane distillation modules for upscaled solar seawater desalination. Separation and Purification Technology 287 (2022) 120396.
  • Bartolomé Ortega-Delgado, Patricia Palenzuela, Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla. Analysis of the Time Step Influence in the Yearly Simulation of Integrated Seawater Multi-Effect Distillation and Parabolic trough Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plants. Processes 10(3) (2022) 573.
  • Zhang, A.A. Atia, J.A. Andrés-Mañas, G. Zaragoza, V. Fthenakis. Comparative techno-economic assessment of osmotically-assisted reverse osmosis and batch-operated vacuum-air-gap membrane distillation for high-salinity water desalination. Desalination, 532, 115737, 2022.
  • Vasilis Fthenakis, Gregory Yetman, Zhuoran Zhang, John Squires, Adam A., Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, Patricia Palenzuela, Vikas Vicraman, Guillermo Zaragoza. A solar energy desalination analysis tool, sedat, with data and models for selecting technologies and regions. Scientific Data (2022) 9:223.
  • Juan D. Gil, Lidia Roca, Guillermo Zaragoza, Manuel Pérez, Manuel Berenguel. Improving the performance of solar membrane distillation processes for treating high salinity feeds: A process control approach for cleaner production. Journal of Cleaner Production 338 (2022) 130446.
  • Patricia Palenzuela, Lidia Roca, Faisal Asfand, Kumar Patchigolla. Experimental assessment of a pilot scale hybrid cooling system for water consumption reduction in CSP plants. Energy 242 (2022) 122948.
  • Javier Bonilla, Julian Blanco, Eduardo Zarza, Diego C. Alarcón-Padilla, Feasibility and practical limits of full decarbonization of the electricity market with renewable energy: Application to the Spanish power sector, Energy, Volume 239, Part E, 2022, 122437, ISSN 0360-5442,
  • Aumesquet-Carreto, M.-Á.; Ortega-Delgado, B.; García-Rodríguez, L. Opportunities of Reducing the Energy Consumption of Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination by Exploiting Salinity Gradients. Membranes 2022, 12, 1045.
  • Requena, J.A. Andrés-Mañas, G. Zaragoza, Uso de la destilación por membranas para concentración de salmueras. Revista Industria Química, Febrero 2022, p. 32-36.
  • Attar, S.B.-E., Morillas-España, A., López, J.L.C., Pinna-Hernández, M.G., Acién, G. Rheology of microalgae concentrates and its influence on the power consumption of enzymatic hydrolysis processing 2022 New Biotechnology 72 107 113 10.1016/j.nbt.2022.10.005
  • Amaya-Santos, G., Ruiz-Nieto, Á., Sánchez-Zurano, A., Ciardi, M., Gómez-Serrano, C., Acién, G., Lafarga, T. Production of Chlorella vulgaris using urban wastewater: Assessment of the nutrient recovery capacity of the biomass and its plant biostimulant effects 2022 Journal of Applied Phycology 34 6 2971 2979 1 10.1007/s10811-022-02843-7
  • Ciardi, M., Gómez-Serrano, C., Lafarga, T., Acién, G., Llamas, B., Bolado, S., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M. Reduction in water consumption during the production of microalgae using diluted pig slurry in thin-layer cascade photobioreactors 2022 Journal of Applied Phycology 34 6 2905 2916 10.1007/s10811-022-02826-8
  • Roncero-Ramos, B., Román, J.R., Acién, G., Cantón, Y. Towards large scale biocrust restoration: Producing an efficient and low-cost inoculum of N-fixing cyanobacteria 2022 Science of the Total Environment 848 157704 1 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157704
  • Ruiz-Nieto, Á., Gómez-Serrano, C., Acién, G., Castro, A.J. Farmers’ Knowledge and Acceptance of Microalgae in Almería Greenhouse Horticulture 2022 Agronomy 12 11 2778 3390/agronomy12112778
  • Inostroza, C., El Bahraoui, N., Rivera-Tinoco, R., Acién, F.G. Uses of electro-coagulation-flocculation (ECF) for the pre-concentration of microalgae biomass 2022 Process Biochemistry 122 1 7 1 10.1016/j.procbio.2022.09.012
  • Clagnan, E., D’Imporzano, G., Dell’Orto, M., Bani, A., Dumbrell, A.J., Parati, K., Acién-Fernández, F.G., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Martel-Quintana, A., Gómez-Pinchetti, J.L., Adani, F. Centrate as a sustainable growth medium: Impact on microalgal inocula and bacterial communities in tubular photobioreactor cultivation systems 2022 Bioresource Technology 363 127979 2 10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127979
  • Masojídek, J., Gómez-Serrano, C., Ranglová, K., Cicchi, B., Encinas Bogeat, Á., Câmara Manoel, J.A., Sanches Zurano, A., Silva Benavides, A.M., Barceló-Villalobos, M., Robles Carnero, V.A., Ördög, V., Gómez Pinchetti, J.L., Vörös, L., Arbib, Z., Rogalla, F., Torzillo, G., Lopez Figueroa, F., Acién-Fernándéz, F.G. Photosynthesis Monitoring in Microalgae Cultures Grown on Municipal Wastewater as a Nutrient Source in Large-Scale Outdoor Bioreactors 2022 Biology 11 10 1380 1
  • Barceló-Villalobos, M., Hoyo, Á., Rodríguez-Miranda, E., Guzmán, J.L., Acién, F.G. A new control strategy to improve the mass transfer capacity and reduce air injection costs in raceway reactors 2022 New Biotechnology 70 49 56 10.1016/j.nbt.2022.04.005
  • Morillas-España, A., Bermejo, R., Abdala-Díaz, R., Ruiz, Á., Lafarga, T., Acién, G., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M. Biorefinery Approach Applied to the Production of Food Colourants and Biostimulants from Oscillatoria sp. 2022 Biology 11 9 1278 1
  • Romero-García, J.M., González-López, C.V., Brindley, C., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M., Acién-Fernández, F.G. Simulation and Techno-Economical Evaluation of a Microalgal Biofertilizer Production Process 2022 Biology 11 9 1359 3390/biology11091359
  • Clagnan, E., D’Imporzano, G., Dell’Orto, M., Sanchez-Zurano, A., Acién-Fernandez, F.G., Pietrangeli, B., Adani, F. Profiling microalgal cultures growing on municipal wastewater and fertilizer media in raceway photobioreactors 2022 Bioresource Technology 360 127619 1 10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127619
  • Rodríguez-Miranda, E., Sánchez-Zurano, A., Guzmán, J.L., Acién, G., Visioli, A. A seasonal simulation approach for culture depth influence on the temperature for different characterized microalgae strains 2022 Biotechnology Journal 17 9 2100489 1
  • Villaró, S., Morillas-España, A., Acién, G., Lafarga, T. Optimisation of Operational Conditions during the Production of Arthrospira platensis Using Pilot-Scale Raceway Reactors, Protein Extraction, and Assessment of their Techno-Functional Properties 2022 Foods 11 15 2341 3
  • Galafat, A., Vizcaíno, A.J., Sáez, M.I., Gómez-Pinchetti, J.L., Acién, F.G., Martínez, T.F., Alarcón, F.J. Evaluation of the in vitro protein bioaccessibility of several microalgae and cyanobacteria as potential dietary ingredients in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) juveniles 2022 Journal of Applied Phycology 34 4 2075 2088 10.1007/s10811-022-02764-5
  • Jiménez Veuthey, M., Morillas-España, A., Sánchez-Zurano, A., Navarro-López, E., Acién, G., López-Segura, J.G., Lafarga, T. Production of the marine microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana in pilot-scale thin-layer cascade photobioreactors using fresh pig slurry diluted with seawater 2022 Journal of Water Process Engineering 48 102869 3 10.1016/j.jwpe.2022.102869
  • Ciardi, M., Gómez-Serrano, C., Lafarga, T., González-Céspedes, A., Acién, G., López-Segura, J.G., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M. Pilot-scale annual production of Scenedesmus almeriensis using diluted pig slurry as the nutrient source: Reduction of water losses in thin-layer cascade reactors 2022 Journal of Cleaner Production 359 132076 5 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.132076
  • Morillas-España, A., Ruiz-Nieto, Á., Lafarga, T., Acién, G., Arbib, Z., González-López, C.V. Biostimulant Capacity of Chlorella and Chlamydopodium Species Produced Using Wastewater and Centrate 2022 Biology 11 7 1086 7
  • García-Márquez, J., Galafat, A., Vizcaíno, A.J., Barany, A., Martos-Sitcha, J.A., Mancera, J.M., Acién, G., Figueroa, F.L., Alarcón, F.J., Arijo, S., Abdala-Díaz, R.T. Dietary Use of the Microalga Chlorella fusca Improves Growth, Metabolism, and Digestive Functionality in Thick-Lipped Grey Mullet (Chelon labrosus, Risso 1827) Juveniles 2022 Frontiers in Marine Science 9 902203 3 10.3389/fmars.2022.902203
  • Sánchez-Zurano, A., Rossi, S., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M., Acién-Fernández, G., Molina-Grima, E., Ficara, E. Respirometric assessment of bacterial kinetics in algae-bacteria and activated sludge processes 2022 Bioresource Technology 352 127116 2 10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127116
  • Lafarga, T., Acién, G. Microalgae for the Food Industry: From Biomass Production to the Development of Functional Foods 2022 Foods 11 5 765 3
  • Ferreira, A., Figueiredo, D., Cardeiras, R., Nabais, R., Ferreira, F., Ribeiro, B., Cordovil, C.M.D.S., Acién, F.G., Gouveia, L. Exploring Different Pretreatment Methodologies for Allowing Microalgae Growth in Undiluted Piggery Wastewater 2022 Agronomy 12 3 580 4
  • Molina-Grima, E., García-Camacho, F., Acién-Fernández, F.G., Sánchez-Mirón, A., Plouviez, M., Shene, C., Chisti, Y. Pathogens and predators impacting commercial production of microalgae and cyanobacteria 2022 Biotechnology advances 55 107884 13 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2021.107884
  • Morillas-España, A., Lafarga, T., Sánchez-Zurano, A., Acién-Fernández, F.G., González-López, C. Microalgae based wastewater treatment coupled to the production of high value agricultural products: Current needs and challenges 2022 Chemosphere 291 132968 16 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.132968
  • Lisondro, I., Gómez Serrano, C., Sepúlveda, C., Batista Ceballos, A.I., Acién Fernández, F.G. Influence of irradiance on the growth and biochemical composition of Nitzschia aff. pellucida 2022 Journal of Applied Phycology 34 1 19 30 4 10.1007/s10811-021-02605-x
  • Munoz, M., Guzman, J.L., Torres, M., Acien, F.G. An IoT Platform for Data Management in an Industrial-Scale Microalgae Cultivation Plant 2022 IEEE Access 10 127128 127139 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3226334
  • Vieira, V.V., Cadoret, J.-P., Acien, F.G., Benemann, J. Clarification of Most Relevant Concepts Related to the Microalgae Production Sector 2022 Processes 10 1 175 5
  • Ciardi, M., Gómez-Serrano, C., Morales-Amaral, M.D.M., Acién, G., Lafarga, T., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M. Optimisation of Scenedesmus almeriensis production using pig slurry as the sole nutrient source 2022 Algal Research 61 102580 9 10.1016/j.algal.2021.102580
  • Fernández del Olmo, P., Acién, F.G., Fernández-Sevilla, J.M. Productivity analysis in tubular photobioreactors using a dynamic photosynthesis model coupled to computational fluid dynamics particle tracking 2022 Bioresource Technology 344 126277 2 10.1016/j.biortech.2021.126277
  • Hoyo, Á., Rodríguez-Miranda, E., Guzmán, J.L., Acién, F.G., Berenguel, M., Moreno, J.C. A computer-based tool to simulate raceway photobioreactors for design, operation and control purposes 2022 Computers and Chemical Engineering 156 107572 1 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2021.107572

Book Chapters

  • Tzen E., Zaragoza G., and Alarcón Padilla D.-C. Solar Desalination. En: “Comprehensive Renewable Energy 2nd Edition”, Vol 3, pp. 590–637, Ed: T. Lechter, Elsevier; London; 2022. ISBN: 978-0-12-819734-9.

PhD Theses (last 3 years)

  • Optimización de la producción de microalgas en reactores abiertos de escala industrial.
    Marta Barceló Villalobos
    Directors: Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández, José Luis Guzmán Sánchez
    Date: July 2020, Universidad de Almería, España     



Transfer Activities

Attendance at Transfer and Dissemination Workshops

  • Sistemas de cromatografía iónica de doble canal con automatización, Metrohm Hispania S.L.U, 16 November 2022, Almería.