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Mira Petrović

Mira Petrović

Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

ICREA Research Professor since December 2005. PhD in Chemistry (1995), Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. From 1999-2011 research scientist at the Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona. Since July 2011 senior researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain. At ICRA she is the head of Water Qualty Area and responsible for the research line Contaminants in water treatment processes.  She has published 220 research papers and 31 book chapters, edited 8 books. Her current H-index is 78, with > 19.000 citations. She was included in the ISI Highly Cited in the fields of Chemistry and Environment/Ecology and ranked in the top 1% by citations in 2018 in the field of Environment/Ecology and in 2019 in the cross-field by Clarivate Analytics.

Research interests

My main expertise is in the field of analytical environmental chemistry, specifically analysis of trace organic contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting compounds and surfactants by advanced mass spectrometric techniques (liquid chromatography-tandem and hybrid MS) and the study of their fate and behaviour in the aquatic environment and during wastewater and drinking water treatment. Specific research lines are: (i) suspect screening, non-target analysis and fingerprinting of organic substances in wastewater and receiving environment, (ii) the study of biotic and abiotic transformation of emerging contaminants, identification of transformation products, elucidation of transformation pathways; (iii) the study of occurrence and distribution of emerging contaminants in aquatic environment and environmental risk assessment and (iv) sustainable wastewater management; application of innovative wastewater treatment technologies; innovative practices for reuse of reclaimed waters.

Selected publications

– Sanchís, J., Gernjak, W., Munné, A.,Catalán N., Petrovic, M., Farré, M.J.,  2021, ‘Fate of N-nitrosodimethylamine and its precursors during a wastewater reuse trial in the Llobregat River (Spain)‘, Journal of Hazardous Materials 407, 124346

– Celic, Mira; Jaen-Gil, Adrian; Briceno-Guevara, Susana; Rodriguez-Mozaz, Sara; Gros, Meritxell; Petrovic, Mira 2021, ‘Extended suspect screening to identify contaminants of emerging concern in riverine and coastal ecosystems and assessment of environmental risks.’, Journal Of Hazardous Materials, 404, Pt A, 124102 – 124102.

– Gros, Meritxell; Catalan, Nuria; Mas-Pla, Josep; Celic, Mira; Petrovic, Mira; Farre, Maria Jose 2021, ‘Groundwater antibiotic pollution and its relationship with dissolved organic matter: Identification and environmental implications’, Environmental Pollution, 289, 117927.

– Previsic, Ana; Vilenica, Marina; Vuckovic, Natalija; Petrovic, Mira; Rozman, Marko 2021, ‘Aquatic Insects Transfer Pharmaceuticals and Endocrine Disruptors from Aquatic to Terrestrial Ecosystems’, Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 6, 3736 – 3746.

– Zahedi, S.; Gros, M.; Balcazar, J. L.; Petrovic, M.; Pijuan, M. 2021, ‘Assessing the occurrence of pharmaceuticals and antibiotic resistance genes during the anaerobic treatment of slaughterhouse wastewater at different temperatures’, Science Of The Total Environment, 789, 147910.

– Sanchis, Josep; Petrovic, Mira; Jose Farre, Maria 2021, ‘Emission of (chlorinated) reclaimed water into a Mediterranean River and its related effects to the dissolved organic matter fingerprint’, Science Of The Total Environment, 760, 143881.

– Sanchis, Josep; Petrovic, Mira; Jose Farre, Maria 2021, ‘Prediction of NDMA formation potential using non-target analysis data: a proof of concept’, Environmental Science-water Research & Technology, .

Selected research activities

Editor in-chief Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Elsevier  (if 9.60)

ICREA Memoir 2021