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Jelena Radjenović

Jelena Radjenović

Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua

Engineering Sciences

Graduated in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Belgrade´s Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Serbia, in 2004. PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in July 2009 with “cum laude” distinction. 2009-2014: Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), University of Queensland, Australia. November 2014-onwards: Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain. Awarded several prestigious fellowships: Queesland Early Career Smart Future Fellowship, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, Ramon y Cajal fellowship. 2017-2022: ERC Starting Grant ELECTRON4WATER. 

Research interests

I am an expert in chemical and electrochemical advanced (waste)water treatment, with a focus on the fate of chemical and microbial contaminants and resource recovery. My research aims to increase the efficiency and resilience of water treatment and reuse through the development of sustainable, energy-efficient and renewable energy-driven technologies. My core expertise is the development of low-cost, nanostructured electrode materials, their implementation in electrochemical systems for (waste)water treatment, as well as elucidation of the mechanism of contaminant degradation at the nano-scale level. My group has developed several patented, low-cost nanostructured electrodes that overcome major limitations of existing, commercial electrode materials and are capable of efficient contaminant degradation and recovery of valuable byproducts.

Selected publications

– Norra, Giannis-Florjan; Radjenovic, Jelena 2021, ‘Removal of persistent organic contaminants from wastewater using a hybrid electrochemical-granular activated carbon (GAC) system’, Journal Of Hazardous Materials, 415, 125557.

– Baptista-Pires, Luis; Norra, Giannis-Florjan; Radjenovic, Jelena 2021, ‘Graphene-based sponges for electrochemical degradation of persistent organic contaminants’, Water Research, 203, 117492.

– Sergienko, Natalia; Radjenovic, Jelena 2021, ‘Manganese oxide coated TiO2 nanotube-based electrode for efficient and selective electrocatalytic sulfide oxidation to colloidal sulfur’, Applied Catalysis B-environmental, 296, 120383.

ICREA Memoir 2021