The technology required for ASDIS method has been developed in a joint work by research groups from two universities, acting in international collaboration:


University of A Coruña (Spain)


Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador)

Information on the research groups that have made this possible is provided below.

Chemical Reactivity and Photoreactivity Group - REACT!

Three complementary and interdisciplinary research lines are currently performed in this research group. ASDIS development corresponds to the first line (REACT! Photo), focused on basic and applied investigation on advanced oxidation procedures. This group engages in photo-degradation studies of organic products and pollutants, as well as chemical reactivity and oxidation processes. The research lines are as follows:


  • Advanced oxidation procedures in water treatment
  • Degradation by direct photolysis and/or photo-catalysis of compounds of environmental concern
  • In vitro study of cellular oxidation processes
  • Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms
  • Reactivity in ionic liquids
  • Insertion of organic compounds in carbon matrices

Selected papers:

An efficient green photo-Fenton system for the degradation of organic pollutants. Kinetics of propranolol removal from different water matrices

W. Remache, D.R. Ramos, L. Mammeri, H. Boucheloukh, Z. Marín, S. Belaidi, T. Sehili, J.A. Santaballa, M. Canle

Journal of Water Process Engineering (2022)

DOI: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2021.102514 


Mechanical stability is key for large-scale implementation of photocatalytic surface-attached film technologies in water treatment

D.R. Ramos, M. Iazykov, M.I. Fernandez, J.A. Santaballa, M. Canle

Frontiers in Chemical Engineering (2021)

DOI: 10.3389/fceng.2021.688498


Applications of nanomaterials in environmental remediation

M. Canle, M.I. Fernández, J.A. Santaballa

Nanomaterials for Environmental Applications (2021)

DOI: 10.1201/9781003129042-1


Improved photocatalyzed degradation of phenol, as a model pollutant, over metal-impregnated nanosized TiO2

S. Belekbir, M. El Azzouzi, A. El Hamidi, L. Rodríguez-Lorenzo, J.A. Santaballa, M. Canle

Nanomaterials (2020)

DOI: 10.3390/nano10050996


Presentation of the main lines of research of REACT! Group – Chemical Reactivity and Photoreactivity from the University of A Coruña


Environmental Measurements and Research Group - GIMA


The Environmental Measurements and Research Group is a multidisciplinary group pursuing environmental sustainability through research in the following areas:


  • Quality and alternative water treatments
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Air pollution and air quality
  • Waste management and recovery
  • Soil conservation and recovery

With the aim of researching, analysing, developing, and applying physical, chemical and biotechnological processes that enable the sustainable use of the environment, as well as amending human-made effects and damage in nature.


Selected papers:

Inactivation of a wild isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae by photo-chemical processes: UV-C, UV-C/H2O2 and UV-C/H2O2/Fe3+

S. Aguilar, D. Rosado, J. Moreno-Andrés, L. Cartuche, D. Cruz, A. Acevedo-Merino, E. Nebot

Catalysis Today (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.10.043


Water quality in the tropical Andes hotspot: The Yacuambi river (southeastern Ecuador)

M. Villa-Achupallas, D. Rosado, S. Aguilar, M. D. Galindo-Riaño

Science of The Total Environment (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.165 


Optimization for Fenton process in removal of COD for landfill leachate treatment

M. Santin-Gusman, J. Moreno-Andrés, M. Cisneros-Abad, S. Aguilar-Ramírez

International Journal of Environmental Science and Development (2015)

DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2015.V6.722 


View of the Environmental Measurements and Research Group – GIMA lab