Isabel Villaescusa

Isabel Villaescusa (Barcelona, 14/06/1952): graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (1986) and doctorate at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (1993).

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Agricultural and Food Technology of the Universitat de Girona. Since 1986 she has been teaching several courses of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.  Her research focused on: metal toxicity by using Microtox and other biological models and  Biosorption of metals and organics by using agro-food residues. At present she is undertaking a new project dealing with the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles by using the extract of agro-food wastes. She is the responsible of the research group Metals and Environment of the Universitat de Girona since 2000.

She has been the main researcher of several research projects being the most recent: Development of a pilot plant for cleansing wastewaters contaminated with metals by using agro-food wastes (ref. CTM2012-37215-C02-01) funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad  (duration 2012-2015) and Green Synthesis of metal nanoparticles from acid mine drainage (ref. CTM2015-68859-C2-1-R) funded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (duration 2015-2018).

She is associated editor of the journal Environmental Chemistry Letters.

She is co-author of more than 80 papers in international high impact and attended to numerous congresses as participant or as invited speaker. During the last 5 years:

  • C. Alejandra Salamanca, Núria Fiol, Carlos González, Marc Saez, Isabel Villaescusa 2017 Extraction of espresso coffee by using gradient of temperatura. Effect on Physicochemical and sensorial characteristics of espresso, Food Chemistry 214 (2017) 622–630
  • Chang Liu, Nuria Fiol, Jordi Poch, Isabel Villaescusa, 2016, A new technology for the treatment of chromium electroplating wastewater based on biosorption,  Journal of Water Process Engineering 11: 143–151
  • Chang Liu, Núria Fiol, Isabel Villaescusa, Jordi Poch 2016 New approach in modelling Cr(VI) sorption onto biomass from metal binary mixtures solutions, Science of the Total Environment, 541:101-108
  • M. À. Olivella, C. Bazzicalupi, A. Bianchi, N. Fiol, I. Villaescusa, 2015 New insights into the interactins between cork chemical comonents and pesticides. The contribution of pi-pi interactions, hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic effect, Chemosphere 119 (2015)863-870
  • M.À. Olivella, C. Bazzicalupi, A. Bianchi, JC. Del Río, N. Fiol, I. Villaescusa, 2015 Binding interactions between suberin monomer components and pesticides, Science of Total Environment 527-528: 159-164.
  • Thouraya Bohli, Abdelmottaleb Ouederni, Núira Fiol, Isabel Villaescusa 2015, Single and binary adsorption of some heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions by activated carbon derived from olive stones, Desalination and Water Treatment, 53: 1082-1088
  • M. Àngels Olivella, Núria fiol, Florencio de la Torre, Jordi Poch, Isabel Villaescusa 2015 Assessment of vegetable wastes for basic violet 14 removal: role of sorbent surface chemistry and porosity, Desalination and Water Treatment, 53: 2278-2288
  • Hanna Sillerová, Michael  Komárek, Chang Liu, Jordi Poch, Isabel Villaescusa, 2015 Biosorbent encapsulation in calcium alginate: Effect of process variables on Cr(VI) removal from solutions, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 80: 260-270
  • Thouraya Bohli, Abdelmottaleb Ouederni, Núria Fiol, Isabel Villaescusa, 2015, Evaluation of an activated carbon from olive stones used as an adsorbent for heavy metal removal from aqueous phases, Comptes Rendus Chimie, 18: 88-99
  • C. Liu, D. Pujol, N. Fiol, M.À. Olivella, F. de la Torre, J. Poch, I. Villaescusa, 2015, New insights into the role of chemical components on metal ions sorption by grape stalks waste, Water Air, Soil  and Pollution, 226: 2006
  • C. Liu, D. Pujol, M.À. Olivella, F. de la Torre, N. Fiol,  J. Poch, I. Villaescusa, 2015, The role of exhausted coffee compounds on metal ions sorption, water, Air, Soil and Pollution, 226:289.
  • Cataldo, S., Gianguzza, a., Pettignano, A., Villaescusa, I. (2013) Mercury(II) removal from aqueous solution by sorption onto alginate, pectin and polygalacturonate calcium gel beads. A kinetic and speciation based equilibrium study, Reactive & Functional Polymers, 73 207-217.
  •  Escudero, C. Poch, J. Villaescusa , I. (2013) Modelling of breakthrough curves of single and binary mixtures of Cu(II), cd(II), Ni(II) and Pb(II) sorption onto grape stalks waste, Chemical Engineering Journal, 217: 129-138.
  •  Garlaschelli, F., Alberti, G., Fiol, N., Villaescusa I., (2013) Application of Anodic Stripping Voltammetry to assess sorption performance of an industrial waste entrapped in alginate beads to remove As(V), Arabian Journal of Chemistry,
  •  Escudero, C., Fiol, N., Villaescusa, I., Bollinger, J.C. (2013) Effect of chromium speciation on sorption mechanism onto grape stalks entrapped into alginate beads, Arabian Journal of Chemistry, http://
  • Pujol, D., Bartrolí, M., Fiol, N., de la Torre, F., Villaescusa, I., Poch, J. (2013) Modelling synergistic sorption of Cr(VI), Cu(II) and Ni(II) onto exhausted coffee wastes from binary mixture Cr(VI-Cu(II) and Cr(VI)-Ni(II), Chemical Engineering Journal, 230: 396-405.
  • Pujol, D., Liu, C. Gominho, J., Olivella, M.A., Fiol, N., Villaescusa, I., Pereira, H., (2013) The chemical composition of exhausted coffee waste, Industrial Crops and Products, 50: 423-429.
  • Pujol, D., Liu, C , Fiol, N., Olivella, M.À, Gominho, J., Villaescusaa, I., Pereira, H. (2013) Chemical characterization of different granulometric fractions of grape stalks waste, Industrial Crops and Products,50: 494-500.
  • Cataldo, S., Cavallero, G., Gianguzza, A., Lazzara, G., Pettignano, A., Piazzesse, D., Villaescusa, I. (2013) Kinetic and equilibrium study for cadmium and copper removal from aqueous solutions by sorption onto mixed alginate/pectin gel beads, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 1: 1252-1260.
  • Bohli, T., Fiol, N., Villaescusa I;, Ouederni, A. (2013) Adsorption on activated carbon from olive stones: Kinetics and equilibrium of phenol removal from aqueous solution, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology, 4 (6) 1-5.
  • Bohli, T, Villaescusa, I., Ouederni, A. (2013) Comparative study of bivalent cationic metals adsorption Pb(II), Cd(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) on olive stones chemically activated carbon, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology, 4(4) : 1-7.
  • Nurchi, V.M.; Villaescusa, I. (2012) Sorption of toxic metal ions by sòlid sorbents: A predictive speciation approach based on complex formation constants in aqueous soluton, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 256: 212-221
  • Poch, J., Villaescusa, I. (2012) Orthogonal distance regression: A good alternative to Least Squares for modeling sorption data, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 57: 490-499.
  • Olivella, M.A., Fiol, N., de la Torre, F., Poch, J., Villaescusa, I. (2012) A mechanistic approach to Methylene blue sorption on two vegetable wastes: cork bark and grape stalks , BioResources 7(3) 3340-3354.
  • Peraferrer, C., Martínez, M., Poch, J., Villaescusa, I. (2012) Metal-EDTA solutions toxicity as a function of chemical speciation: an approach for toxicity assessment, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 63 (4) :484-494
  • Sen, A., Olivella, M.A., Fiol, N., Miranda, I. Villaescusa, I., Pereira, H.(2012)  Removal of chromium(VI) in aqueous environaments using cork and heat treated cork samples from Quercus cerris and Quercus Suber, BioResources 7(4) 4843-4857
  • Bohli, Th., Ouederni, A., Fiol, N., Villaescusa, I. (2012) Uptake of Cd2+ and Ni2+ metal ions from aqueous solutions by activated carbons derived from waste olive Stones, International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications (IJCEA) 3(4): 232-236.