Mira Petrović

Mira Petrović

Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I am ICREA Research Professor since 2005. I obtained PhD in Chemistry from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1995. From 1999 to 2011, I was a research scientist at the Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona. Since July 2011, I work as a senior researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in Girona, Spain. At ICRA, I lead the Water Quality and Safety Area and am responsible for the research line focusing on contaminants in water treatment processes. I have published over 280 research papers and 30 book chapters, having edited 8 books. Currently, my H-index stands at 84, with more than 21,000 citations. I 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 primary expertise lies in the field of environmental analytical chemistry, specifically focusing on the analysis of trace organic contaminants using advanced mass spectrometric techniques such as liquid chromatography with both low and high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-(HR)MS). My research centers on understanding the fate and behavior of these contaminants in both the aquatic environment and engineered systems, including drinking and wastewater treatment. Specific research lines include: (i) advanced screening and characterization of organic substances in wastewater and the receiving environment; (ii) biotic and abiotic transformations of emerging contaminants, with a focus on elucidating transformation pathways; (iii) investigating the occurrence and distribution of emerging contaminants in aquatic environments and conducting environmental risk assessments; and (iv) utilizing sewage chemical information mining (SCIM) to assess human exposure to environmental contaminants.

Selected publications

- Gros M, Mas-Pla J, Sanchez-Melsio A, Čelić, M., Castaño, M., Rodríguez-Mozaz, S., Borrego, C., Balcázar, JL., Petrović, M., 2023, 'Antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and associated risk in natural springs from an agroecosystem environment', Science Of The Total Environment, 857, 1, 159202.
- Picone M, Russo M, Distefano GG, Baccichet, M., Marchetto, D., Volpi Ghirardini, A. Lunde Hermansson, A., Petrovic, M., Gros, M., Garcia, E., Giubilato, E., Calgaro, L., 2023, 'Impacts of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) discharge waters on planktonic biological indicators (vol 190, 114846, 2023)', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 193, 115152.
- Genitsaris S, Kourkoutmani P, Stefanidou N, Michaloudi, E., Gros, M., García-Gómez, E., Petrović, M., Ntziachristos, L., Moustaka-Gouni, M. 2023, 'Effects from maritime scrubber effluent on phytoplankton and bacterioplankton communities of a coastal area, Eastern Mediterranean Sea', Ecological Informatics, 77, 102154.
- E. García Gómez
G. GkotsisM.C. NikaI.M. HassellövK. SaloA. Lunde HermanssonE. YtrebergN.S. ThomaidisM. GrosM. Petrović, 2023, Characterization of scrubber water discharges from ships using comprehensive suspect screening strategies based on GC-APCI-HRMS', Chemosphere, 343,140296.
- Rožman M, Lekunberri I, Grgić I, Borrego CM & Petrović M 2023, 'Effects of combining flow intermittency and exposure to emerging contaminants on the composition and metabolic response of streambed biofilm bacterial communities', Science of the Total Environment, 877,162818.
- Čelić M, Farré M, de Alda ML,Perez S, Barceló D & Petrovic M 2023, '
Environmental analysis: Emerging pollutants', Liquid Chromatography (Third Edition),
Volume 2 in Handbooks in Separation Science
, 549-578.

Selected research activities

Editor-in-chief of TrEAC – Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry (Elsevier, IF:11.2, 3/86 category Analytical Chemistry).