Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Malaga (UMA, Spain) in 2015 (Extraordinary Prize), master’s in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, Spain) in 2017, and Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry with International Mention by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) in 2022, Dr. Manuel Peñas Garzón has focused his research on the degradation of emerging pollutants by photocatalysis using solar radiation and new materials based on the TiO2-lignin system and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The lines of research in which he has been working are: i) environmental catalysis; ii) design of composite materials with photocatalytic applications; iii) functional materials from lignin, iv) water purification by solar photocatalysis. During the predoctoral period, he has carried out different stays in international centers within a total of six months (University of Cincinnati, USA, and the University of Porto, Portugal), both funded by Spanish competitive grants. As a result of his research work, participating as an active member in two national projects, he is co-author of 14 publications (5 of them as the first author) in different prestigious journals, 3 book chapters, and more than 20 contributions to national and international congresses.


Emerging contaminants
Water purification
Advanced oxidation processes


M. Peñas-Garzón, M.J. Sampaio, Y.L. Wang, J. Bedia, J.J. Rodriguez, C. Belver, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Solar photocatalytic degradation of parabens using UiO-66-NH2. Separation and Purification Technology, 286, 120467, 2022 M. Peñas-Garzón, W.H.M. Abdelraheem, C. Belver, J.J. Rodriguez, J. Bedia, D.D. Dionysiou. TiO2-carbon microspheres as photocatalysts for effective remediation of pharmaceuticals under simulated solar light. Separation and Purification Technolog, 275, 119169, 2021 M. Peñas-Garzón, A. A. Gómez-Avilés, C. Belver, J.J. Rodriguez, J. Bedia. Degradation pathways of emerging contaminants using TiO2-activated carbon heterostructures in aqueous solution under simulated solar light. Chemical Engineering Journal, 392, 124867, 2020 A. Gómez-Avilés, M. Peñas-Garzón, J. Bedia, Dionysiou, D.D., J.J. Rodriguez, C. Belver. Mixed Ti-Zr metal-organic-frameworks for the photodegradation of acetaminophen under solar irradiation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 253, 253-262, 2019 J. Bedia, Muelas-Ramos, V., M. Peñas-Garzón, A. Gómez-Avilés, J.J. Rodriguez, C. Belver. A Review on the Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Organic Frameworks for Photocatalytic Water Purification. Catalysts, 9, 52-95, 2019