Dr. Jorge Rodriguez
Dr. jorge rodríguez r. Associate Professor Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Contact Information
jorge.rodriguez@ku.ac.ae +97123124250


Dr Jorge Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Khalifa University. He holds a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (2006) and an MEng and BEng in Chemical Engineering (2001) from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) Spain. 

Dr Rodríguez is currently Editor for the scientific journals Chemical Engineering Science and for Water Science & Technology, he is also editorial board member for Water Research and for PLoS Water journals. In 2019, he was elected co-Chair and Secretary of the International Water Association (IWA) Anaerobic Digestion specialist group. Since 2023 he is also President of the Association of Spanish Scientists and Researchers in the UAE. 

As the principal investigator of the Environmental Bioprocess Modelling Lab, he leads a dynamic team of graduate students and researchers. His lab maintains a network of collaborations including the UQ(AU), USC(ES), INRA(FR) and TUDelft (NL) as well as the University of South Wales (UK) where he currently holds a Visiting Professor appointment.

Dr Rodríguez has more than twenty years of research experience and has published extensively in scientific journals and conferences. His research interests focus on the modelling and development of microbial environmental biotechnology processes for wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, microbial fermentations and bioelectrochemical systems. Recently, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he has expanded his research activities to the health sector through epidemiology modelling of the impact of interventions, vaccination strategies and international travel and since 2020 he has been advising Abu Dhabi's health authorities on the topic.

  • PhD Chemical and Environmental Engineering (USC, Spain) 2006
  • MSc Chemical Engineering (USC, Spain) 2001
  • BEng Industrial Chemistry (USC, Spain) 1999

  • Fluid Mechanics (CHEG232)
  • Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (PHYS203)
  • Modelling and Engineering of Microbial Environmental Bioprocesses (ESMA781)
  • Process Dynamics & Control (CHEG412)
  • Reaction Engineering (CHEG443)
  • Wastewater Treatment Engineering (WENV606)

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Affiliated Centers, Groups & Labs

Research Interests
  • Bioenergetic and biokinetic modelling of microbial ecosystems
  • Advanced control and modelling of anaerobic (co)digestion processes
  • Modelling microbial electrochemical technologies
  • Industrial wastewater treatment
  • Epidemiology modelling

Research Projects

Biological treatment of ethanolamine-rich wastewater from nuclear power plants (NPPs) 

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) - (2 years) 2022-2023

System-wide modeling and (bio)chemical characterization for optimum SEAS design, scale up, and operation

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) - (2+ years) 2019-2022

Model-based support for decision-making, interventions, and vaccine distribution for the COVID19 pandemic

Department of Health Abu Dhabi - 2021-2023

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr Mauricio Patón Postdoctoral Fellow
Shibin Rasheed Alamana PhD Student
Basila Abdu PhD Student
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