DamiÃ BarcelÃ³ is Full Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies IDAEA-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain) since 1999 and Director of the Catalan Institute of Water Research (ICRA) (Girona, Spain) since May 2008. His scientific focus is on the Fate and Risk of Emerging Pollutants such as Pharmaceuticals and Nanomaterials in the Environment and on the Water Pollution Control and Protection under Scarcity .His expertise is documented by the number of original publications (> 750), an H index of 79 and the supervison of 40 PhD thesis.
In 2007 he was awarded the King Jaime I Prize for the Protection of Nature from Generalitat of Valencia, Spain, for his outstanding scientific work. In 2011 he received the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) 5th Award 2012 on Water Management & Protection, Saudi Arabia, and in 2012 the Recipharm Environmental Award, Sweden. Since 2011 he has been chairman of the Scientific and Technological Board (STB) of the European Union-Joint Programming Initiative on Water Challenges for a Changing World.