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Juana Fernández-Rodríguez

Profesora Titular-Área de Ingeniería Química. Investigadora del Instituto de Biodiversidad y Medioambiente de la Universidad de Navarra., Universidad de Navarra

Juana Fernández-Rodríguez has the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences, 1999-2004 University of Extremadura (Degree Extraordinary Award). In 2010, she got the PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cádiz (with European Program, Excellent Cum laude mark and PhD Extraordinary Award). From 2012, she is researcher and lecturer at the University of Navarra, in the Department of Chemistry. In 2019, she got the position of Professor in Chemical Engineering Area (05/06/2019) by the National Agency for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation (ANECA). In addition, she was awarded with the best research work on Urban Solid Waste Treatment organized by the International University of Andalusia (UNIA) and sponsored by RESUR (6000 euros).
She has two six-year terms of investigation in the periods 2007-2012 and 2013-2018 by the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research Activity (CNAI).
She has published 15 JCR articles, 13 of them are rated in Q1, being first author or/and corresponding author in the most of them. The h-index is 11. Her participation in the research is based on planning the experimental part, as well as writing some parts of the article and supervising the entire article. The main contribution consists in optimizing the biomethanization process according to the temperatures and substrates according the experimental set-up. In addition, the process descriptions are proposed as modelization focusing on the methane production and substrate consumption. She is co-author of three patents, one of them was licensing by the company Biovalora S. L. and the other two were obtained in the category of previous examination. She is the author of 2 books, and carried out 8 international stages in prestigious research centers, in total, more than 2 years. She has 29 communications in the main congresses of the research field.
Several grants and relevant fellowships were obtained. It should be highlighted the Fellowship of the Research Training Plan of the Spanish Government (FPI) and the mobility fellowship of the Spanish Government for young doctors: José Castillejo (2016).
She has participated in several research projects of National Plan of R&D (Spain), Regional Excellence Plan (Andalucia), international Projects and private organizations. She was the principal investigator in one project funded by the University of Navarra.
She has supervised 1 Doctoral Thesis (Excellent Cum laude and International Program), 2 Master Thesis and 10 Degree Thesis. Additionally, 2 final thesis of international students from the Erasmus+ Program.
Currently, she is the Deputy Head in the Department of Chemistry (University of Navarra) since June of 2021 and reviewer in the reputed journals related to the research field (Journal of Cleaner Production, Bioresource Technology, Water Research, etc).


  • –present
    Profesora Titular-Área de Ingeniería Química, Universidad de Navarra


  • 2011 
    Universidad de Cádiz, Doctora en Ingeniería Química