Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge Rodriguez Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor - Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Department of Water and Environmental Engineering
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Dr. Jorge Rodriguez holds a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering as well as MEng in Chemical Engineering and BEng Industrial Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in Spain. He is a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. He has worked in prestigious universities including the Delft University of Technology (NL), the University of Queensland (AU) and in the University of Glamorgan (now South Wales) (UK) as researcher and/or faculty.

Dr. Rodríguez is the co-author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles (see last metrics here), book chapters and over fifty conference papers, including several invited talk, in areas related to modelling and control of energy and environmental biocatalytic processes, including anaerobic digestion, biological wastewater treatment and biofuels. He is the principal investigator of the Environmental Bioprocess Modelling (EnvBioProM) Laboratory, which includes a team of half a dozen researchers and students.

EnvBioProM Lab Research Team

Dr. Rodríguez also serves as editor for the journal Water Science and Technology and is the newsletter editor for the IWA anaerobic digestion specialist group. He is regularly invited to review manuscript for scientific journals and in conference scientific committees. Dr. Rodríguez has also been evaluator for research grants for the British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council as well as for the Spanish Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva. He has recently co-chaired the scientific committee of the 13th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion as well as chaired the organising committee of the IWA LET2014 conference in Abu Dhabi.

COURSES (Academic year 2015-16)

  • WEN506 - Wastewater Treatment Engineering

This course is an overview of engineering approaches to protecting water quality with an emphasis on the application of fundamental principles. Theory and conceptual design of systems for treating municipal and industrial wastewater are discussed. These include reactor theory, models, bio-reaction stoichiometry and kinetics. Physical, chemical and biological processes are also studied.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

    • analyze the measures of and describe the reasoning behind water quality standards;
    • explain the physical, chemical and biological processes behind water treatment;
    • apply engineering approaches to design wastewater treatment unit operations and processes; and
    • evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of different treatment technologies in relation to the quality of the incoming water.

  • CHE609 - Bioprocess Modelling and Engineering for Waste (water) Treatment and Energy Production

The course covers in detail the physical, chemical and biological principles involved in microbial bioprocesses. Fundamentals of

    • microbial physiology, metabolism, energetics, ecology and kinetics; (ii) bioreactor design, modelling, operation and optimisation;
    • Mathematical modelling and design of microbial bioreactors for wastewater treatment and biofuel production.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • understand the physical, chemical and biological principles behind microbial bioprocesses;
  • learn the engineering approaches to design operate and optimize advanced microbial bioreaction systems for waste treatment and biofuel production;
  • mathematically model and predict through numerical simulation the dynamic performance of microbial bioprocesses;
  • analyze data and propose experiments for the design and optimization of bioreactors; and
  • critically assess the economic and environmental sustainability of bioprocesses.


  • CHE505 - Systems Engineering (Optimization and Control topics) (35% of course)
  • FDN471 - Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering - Heat and Mass Transfer (30% of teaching)


  • Tolutola Oyetunde (Nigeria) - Modelling bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. (co-advisor is Dr F. Ahmad)
  • Rashed M.J. Algaoud (UAE) - Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment in the UAE: Performance evaluation and microbiology study - Masdar Institute Best Thesis Award 2013.
  • Joao M. Uratani (Brazil) - Anaerobic digestion of halophytic plant residues for biogas production and nutrient recovery.

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Our lab research interests focus on the mathematical modelling and control of bioprocesses for wastewater treatment and energy recovery, in particular anaerobic (co)digestion (biogas) and bioelectrochemical systems (microbial fuel cells).

We have a large interest in fundamental research to unveil the potentials of natural and engineered microbial ecosystems as catalysts to couple the treatment of organic waste(water) with the recovery of energy and/or chemicals.

See details of our current and previous research projects at



(for complete list of ISI journal articles HERE)

BOOK CHAPTERS (Peer reviewed)