BSc, PhD in Chemistry in 1985 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Barcelona (Spain). His main research interests are the Environmental Chemistry focusing on the transformation processes and the pathway of organic contaminants in the environment and engineered ecosystems. He has been appointed Member of the National Committee to cope with the ecological emergency in the Doñana, National Park 1997-1999, Steering Committee of the Catalan Society of Chemistry (2002-2004), GESAMP (Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution) membership 2008. He was editor of the Analytical Chemistry A pages (2003-2005), coeditor of Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation Encyclopedia (Elsevier) and editorial board of the International Journal of Environmental Chemistry. Dr. Bayona is coauthor of 240 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 35 book chapters, H index 31 and 5020 citations.
He is currently a Tenured Scientist at the Department of Environmental Chemistry at the IDAEA-CSIC, in Barcelona. He completed part of his Ph.D. research in USA (University of Tennessee and University of Kentucky) and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1994. Afterwards, he worked at University of Porto, Portugal, as a postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow (1995). From 1996 to 1999 he held a postdoctoral position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and returned to Spain holding a RED-Generalitat de Catalunya contract to work at the CSIC. In 2003 he gained a Ramón y Cajal scientific position until he was appointed to CSIC staff member. His main research interests focus on the development of analytical methodologies for trace metal speciation and transformation, pathways and the fate of pollutants (metals, organics and organometallics) in the environment. At present, he is involved in studies on the biogeochemical cycling of mercury and methylmercury in aquatic ecosystems and biomarkers for human exposure assessment of mercury. Dr. Díez has recently been developing passive sampling approaches with Diffusive Gradients in Thin-films (DGT) devices for monitoring of mercury speciation in different aquatic environments.
DOCTOR ad honorem
Research Professor. In 1970 established in the CSIC (Barcelona), the Department of Environmental Chemistry, which has carried out pioneering research in the fields of environmental organic chemistry, biogeochemistry and marine waters and the ecotoxicology of organic contaminants. More than 250 papers published in international journals on topics of Environment and Organic Geochemistry and director of 20 PhD theses. Editor of the Internat. J. Environ. Anal. Chem. and vice-president of the International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (IAEAC). He has carried out an extensive international activity as advisor and collaborator of UNEP, to establish environmental monitoring programs in countries of Latin America and has been final evaluator of UNEP projects for technical training in developing countries. In 2002 he was appointed vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Prestige accident in 2004, coordinator of the European Network on Accidental Marine Pollution (AMPERA) and, since 2010, the ERA-Net "Towards Integrated European marine research strategy and programs "(SEAS-ERA), which groups 20 countries. Is member of the International Oil Spill Identification Network of Experts (OSINET). He has held various positions in public management research (Director of CID-CSIC and Deputy Director for Research of the Catalan Government) and University policy (Commissioner for Universities and Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya). Dr. Albaigés is member of the Academia Europaea, the European Artium et Scientarum Academy and the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.