• Dr. Rafael González Olmos

Dr. Rafael González Olmos
Engineering and Simulation of Environmental Processes Group (GESPA)
Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta, 390, E-08017
Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 2672000 (ext. 280)


PhD in Chemical Engineering (2008, URV). Master in Environmental Engineering (2004, URV). Chemical Engineer (2003, URV).

Associate Professor IQS, 2014-
Postdoctoral researcher in University of Girona (2011-2014)
Postoctoral researcher in CIEMAT – Centre of environmental and energy research (Spain) (2011)
Postdoctoral researcher in UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany (2008-2011)


Environmental technologies (Grades on Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering)
Sustainable Engineering (Master degree in Industrial Engineering)



  • Carbon capture and utilization
  • Water reuse
  • Circular economy
  • Process simulation and optimization
  • Life cycle assessment



A. Gutierrez-Ortega, M.A. Montes-Morán, J.B. Parra, J. Sempere, R. Nomen, R. Gonzalez- Olmos, Comparative study of binderless zeolites and carbon molecular sieves as adsorbents for CO2 capture processes, Journal of CO2 Utilization 61 (2022) 102012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcou.2022.102012

A.Gutierrez-Ortega, R.Nomen, J.Sempere, J.B.Parra, M.A.Montes-Morán, R.Gonzalez-Olmos. A fast methodology to rank adsorbents for CO2 capture with temperature swing adsorption. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 435, Part 1, 2022, 134703. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2022.134703.

Gonzalez-Olmos R., Gutiérrez-Ortega A., Sempere J., Nomen R. “Zeolite versus Carbon Adsorbents in Carbon Capture: A Comparison from an Operational and Life Cycle Perspective”. Journal of CO2 Utilization 55 (2022) 10791. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcou.2021.101791.

Mir-Tutusaus, J.A., Jaén-Gil, A., Barceló, D., Buttiglieri, G., Gonzalez-Olmos, R., Rodriguez-Mozaz, S., Caminal, G., Sarrà, M.. Prospects on coupling UV/H2O2 with activated sludge or a fungal treatment for the removal of pharmaceutically active compounds in real hospital wastewater. 2021. Science of Total Environment. 773, 145374.

Qian L., Georgi A., Gonzalez-Olmos R., Kopinke F.-D. Degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid adsorbed on Fe-zeolites with molecular oxygen as oxidant under UV-A irradiation. 2020. Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental. 278, 119283.

Tombola, R., Buttiglieri, G., Auset, M., Gonzalez-Olmos, R. Recycled corrugated wire hose cover as biological carriers for greywater treatment in a sequential batch biofilm reactor. Journal of Environmental Management. 2019. 240, 475-484

Pou J.O., Colominas C., Gonzalez Olmos R. CO2 reduction using plasma corona discharges generated with photovoltaic energy in a fluidized reactor. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 2018. 27, 528-535

Alves T.C., Cabrera-Codony A., Barceló D., Rodriguez-Mozaz S., Pinheiro A, Gonzalez-Olmos R. Influencing factors on the removal of pharmaceuticals from water with micro-grain activated carbon.  Water Research, 2018. 144, 402-412.

Gonzalez-Olmos R., Penadés A., Garcia G. Electro-oxidation as efficient pretreatment to minimize the membrane fouling in water reuse processes. Journal of Membrane Science, 2018. 552, 124-131.



Engineering and Simulation of Environmental Processes Group (GESPA)