20 years of Science and Innovation

Francisco Sánchez Soberón

Junior Researcher

Background: PhD in Nanoscience, Materials, and Chemical Engineering from the University Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Major research topics

  • Sewage treatment
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Air quality
  • Environmental modelling
  • Human risk and exposure
  • Life cycle assessment


Selected Publications

Sánchez-Soberón, F.; Rovira, J.; Mari, M.; Sierra, J.; Nadal, M.; Domingo, J. L.; Schuhmacher, M. Seasonal characterization and dosimetry-assisted risk assessment of indoor particulate matter (PM10-2.5, PM2. 5-0.25, and PM0. 25) collected in different schools. Environmental Research, 2019, 175, 287-296.

Sánchez-Soberón, F.; Mari, M.; Kumar, V.; Rodrigo, J.; Meneses, M.; Yrigoyen, H.; Castells, F.; Schuhmacher M. Chapter 12: Applications of Environmental Impact Analysis in Industrial Process Chains, in Integrated Life-Cycle and Risk Assessment for Industrial Processes and Products, 2018, 365-397. ISBN: 9780429792489.

Sánchez-Soberón, F.; Cuykx, M.; Serra, N.; Linares, V.; Bellés, M.; Covaci, A.; Schuhmacher, M. In-vitro metabolomics to evaluate toxicity of particulate matter under environmentally realistic conditions. Chemosphere, 2018, 209, 137–146.

Sánchez-Soberón, F.; van Drooge, B. L.; Rovira, J.; Grimalt, J. O.; Nadal, M.; Domingo, J. L.; Schuhmacher, M. Size-distribution of airborne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other organic source markers in the surroundings of a cement plant powered with alternative fuels. Science of the Total Environmen, 2016, 550, 1057–1064.

Sánchez-Soberón, F.; Mari, M.; Kumar, V.; Rovira, J.; Nadal, M.; Schuhmacher, M. An approach to assess the Particulate Matter exposure for the population living around a cement plant: modelling indoor air and particle deposition in the respiratory tract. Enviromental Research, 2015, 143, 10–18.


Selected Projects

01/09/2019-28/02/2022. LANSILOT - LAunching New SILOxane Treatments: assessing effluent, sludge and air quality and improving biogas production in WWTPs. Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal). Ref: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032084. Role: Postdoctoral researcher

01/01/2017-31/12/2020. INTERWASTE - Synergizing International Research Studies into the Environmental Fate and Behavior of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream. Funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Ref: Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734522. Role: Visiting scholar

01/01/2016 – 31/12/2018.   Ultrapart: Assessing the exposure and health effects of ambient fine and ultrafine particles in areas of intensive industrial activity.  Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.  Ref.: CTM2015-65303-P.  Role: Postdoctoral researcher

01/01/2013 – 31/12/2015.   Assessment of the human health risks and toxicity associated to particles (PM10, PM2. 5 and PM1), organic pollutants and metals around cement plants. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.  Ref.: CTM2012-32778. Role: PhD student






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