Doctor Inmaculada Velo Gala obtained her PhD degree in Chemical by University of Granada (Spain) in 2013, where she worked for three years more as Post-Doctoral researcher in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. During this stage, the aims of her research were the water treatment using advanced oxidation/reduction processes, with particular interest in the application of different radiation sources and carbon materials. In 2016 she moved to Oviedo (Spain) to work as Post-Doctoral Researcher at Instituto Nacional del Carbón (INCAR-CSIC) in Oviedo (Spain), where she researched on the synergistic effects of carbon materials in photo-redox processes. Her next research stage was in the Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua (ICRA) in Girona (Spain) to continue her research on water treatment by photooxidation technologies. In 2018, she awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) EF-IF (H2020 Programme) for developing her research project at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto as member of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM).
She is an expert in advanced oxidation/reduction water treatment, with a focus on the removal of both chemical contaminants and pathogens. Specifically, she has extensive experience on reactive species and reaction pathways (radical and/or non-radical) but have also broad knowledge on the role of carbon materials in oxidation/reduction systems. Her aims are to improve the efficiency of water treatments through the development of sustainable technologies and the water reuse processes. Her research is related to innovative lighting solutions for solar or LED driven oxidation processes. She is endlessly fascinated by the way carbon materials transform the catalytic oxidation/reduction systems, a research she actively engages in via her current MSCA project. She is developing a novel solar photoelectrolytic water disinfection system, by integrating low-cost 3D carbon materials as catalysts. The developing of new processes that guarantee a complete more holistically treatment, for environmental conservation and to contribute to the reduction of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, is thus a priority in her career.