About the SAFEWATER team

University of Medellin Team

Name:  Professor Margarita Hincapié Pérez

Organisation: University of Medellin

Email: mhincapie@udem.edu.co

Margarita Hincapié is Professor at the University of Medellin (Colombia), with main contribution to the Doctorate in Engineering and to the Environmental Engineering programs. Her research focuses on the application of advanced oxidation technologies for the chemical and microbiological decontamination of water, including solar water treatment using photocatalysis and photo-Fenton. Margarita has been involved in research projects to improve the water quality of the Colombian local communities.

Margarita’s role in the SAFEWATER project is co-investigator and member of the Executive Group. Margarita is leader of the University de Medellin project team. She will contribute to the scientific research relating to the development of low cost water disinfection technologies, and in the implementation, training and dissemination of these technologies in communities of Antioquia, Colombia.

Name:  Professor Laila Galeano Botero

Organisation: Universidad de Medellin (Colombia)

Email:  lgaleanob@udem.edu.co

Laila Galeano is a Chemical Engineer and PhD in Engineering has worked in research areas such as water and air decontamination, development and characterization of new nanostructured materials with environmental applications. She has been a professor in the areas of Chemical Engineering, Public Health and Environmental Engineering, particularly in Chemistry, Reactor Design, Solid Management, Diagnosis and Water Treatment. Her work has focused on the application of Advanced Oxidation Technologies and the development of new materials for the decontamination of liquid and gaseous media.

Laila’s role in the SAFEWATER Project is co-researcher at the University of Medellín (Colombia), in the development of low-cost water disinfection technologies.

Name:  Professor Luis Javier Montoya Jaramillo

Organisation: University of Medellin

Email: ljmontoya@udem.edu.co

Prof Luis Javier – Professor of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Medellin, Colombia. He is an active member of research group in water quality and hydraulic modelling. His research interests include: hydrodynamics, environmental fluids dynamics and sediments transport. Luis Javier has been involved in research projects to improve the water quality of the Colombian local communities.

Luis-Javier’s role in the SAFEWATER project is co-investigator. He will contribute to the scientific research at hydraulic and hydrological aspects related with the development of low cost water treatment technologies and its implementation in Colombia.

Name: Professor Liliana Rocio Botero Botero

Organisation: University of Medellin

Email: lbotero@udem.edu.co

Liliana Botero is Professor at the University of Medellin (Colombia), with main contribution to the Doctorate in Engineering and to the Environmental Engineering programs. Her research focuses on Biodiversity and Biotechnology looking to design biotechnological strategies to environment preservation of Colombian biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources for product and process development to help to resolve environment issues.

Liliana’s role in the SAFEWATER project is co-investigator. She will contribute with microbial knowledge and will support the disinfection processes carried out during the scientific research relating to the development of low cost water disinfection technologies, and in the implementation, training and dissemination of these technologies in communities of Antioquia, Colombia

Name:  Professor Maria Isabel Mejia Correa

Organisation: University of Medellín

Email: mimejia@udem.edu.co

Maria Isabel Mejia is a professor of Doctorate of Engineering and in the Environmental Engineering program of University of Medellin, Colombia. Her personal research is related to the subjects of heterogeneous photocatalysis; development of self-cleaning, antibacterial and protective materials; photocatalytic removal of gaseous and liquid contaminants; synthesis of nanoparticles with photocatalytic and magnetic properties; doping of catalysts; characterization of materials by different characterization techniques; supported materials; textile fibers; stabilizers for roads.

Maria’s role in the SAFEWATER project is co-investigator working on the development and implementation of low cost systems for safe drinking water in Antioquia, Colombia.

Name:  Dr Fernando León Guzmán Duque

Organisation: University of Medellín

Email: fguzman@udem.edu.co

Fernando Guzmán is a Chemical Engineer and PhD in Engineering. He has worked in research areas such as water decontamination by advanced oxidation technologies (ultrasound and anodic oxidation). He has been a professor in the areas of Chemical Engineering, Public Health and Environmental Engineering, particularly in Chemistry, Water and Environmental Chemistry, Diagnosis and Water Treatment. His work has focused on the application of Advanced Oxidation Technologies and aqueous effluent treatments.

Fernando’s role in the SAFEWATER Project is a Research Assistant at the University of Medellín (Colombia); he will contribute in community training and water sampling and characterization of water in the field and in the laboratory, design and operation of treatment systems (implementation phase). Optimization of the operating conditions of the drinking water systems in the laboratory.

Name:  Angela María Bello Gómez

Organisation: University of Medellín

Email: abello@udem.edu.co

Angela Bello is an Environmental Engineer and specialist in cleaner production with a focus on life cycle assessment. Currently, she is a master’s student in urban engineering at Universidad de Medellin. She has been a Professor in the areas of Environmental Engineering, as for example: the environmental assessment course and the cleaner production course. Her work has been focused in the assessment the environmental impacts.

Angela´s role in the SAFEWATER Project is to contribute to the activities of diffusion of the project in the community, social works, establish contacts with representatives of the community, water sampling and water quality characterization for water supplies in the field, design and operation of treatment systems (implementation phase), water sampling campaigns and community training, along with optimization of operational conditions of potabilization systems in laboratory.

Name:  Verónica Valencia Gallego

Organisation: University of Medellín

Email: vvalenciag@udem.edu.co

Verónica Valencia Gallego is an Environmental Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Urban Engineering. Her research work has been related to issues such as water disinfection through photocatalysis, estimation of the multisectorial Water Footprint at the scale of watersheds and water erosion. Additionally, she has though the courses of water treatment and fluid mechanics, in the Civil Engineering program.

Verónica is a Research Assistant in the SAFEWATER project and her participation focuses on the development of low-cost technologies for drinking water (filtration system). Additionally, she supports social and environmental activities that take place in the field.

Name:  Laura Cristina Peláez Molina

Organisation: University of Medellín

Email: laurapelaezm9@hotmail.com

Laura Cristina Peláez Molina is a student of environmental engineering.

Laura’s role in the SAFEWATER Project is a research assistant, responsible for supporting social activities to contribute to the activities of diffusion of the project in the community, social works, establishing contacts with representatives of the community, water sampling and characterization of water quality for water supply in the field, laboratory tests with treatment systems.