Sergio Salinas Rodríguez PhD

Senior Lecturer in Water Supply Engineering

Biography

Dr. Sergio Salinas is a desalination and water treatment technology professional and university teacher with experience in Latin America, Middle East, and Europe.

Sergio has a PhD in Desalination and Water Treatment from the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands), an MSc on Water Supply Engineering from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), a Master on Irrigation and Drainage and a BSc on Civil Engineering from San Simon Major University (Bolivia). He also obtained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ, or in Dutch: BKO), a qualification of pedagogical competences of university teachers.

He has 21 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (h-index = 9, cumulative impact factor = 75), 5 book chapters in top publishing houses, and 23 conference proceedings in the areas of seawater and brackish water desalination, water treatment, water reuse, and natural organic matter characterization. He is a member of the SENSE Research School (123 credit points for publication output).

Sergio is involved in teaching and curriculum development of the MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation (UWS) at IHE Delft. Furthermore he has worked in capacity building and in research and innovation projects, and has been project leader in several of them. He has mentored more than 35 MSc students, co-promoted 3 PhD students, and currently supervises 2 PhD students.

Sergio is in charge of the desalination and membrane technology research line at IHE Delft (www.desalination-delft.nl). 

See also:

Research Interests

  • Membrane technology (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis): control of particulate / colloidal fouling, fouling of RO due to cationic polymers, calcium carbonate scaling in BWRO and SWRO, removal of micropollutants, pre-treatment for SWRO systems, hydrodynamic conditions
  • Desalination of seawater and brackish water
  • Water reuse: reuse of domestic wastewater treated effluent into ultrapure water
  • Biological stability of drinking water
  • Smart dosing control: coagulants and antiscalants
  • Natural organic matter characterization
  • Development of early warning tools/indicators to assess fouling in RO systems (e.g., MFI-UF, ATP, AOC, growth potential)

Publications

Journals

  1. Schurer R, Schippers JC, Kennedy MD, Cornelissen ER, Salinas-Rodriguez SG, Hijnen WA, van der Wal A (2019) Enhancing biological stability of disinfectant-free drinking water by reducing high molecular weight organic compounds with ultrafiltration posttreatment. Water Research (164), 114927.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.114927 [IF = 7.913]
  2. Armendariz-Ontiveros MM, Fimbres Weihs GA, de los Santos Villalobos S, Salinas-Rodriguez SG (2019) Biofouling of FeNP-Coated SWRO Membranes with Bacteria Isolated after Pre-Treatment in the Sea of Cortez. Coatings, 9(7), 462; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9070462 [IF = 2.330]
  3. Abushaban A, Salinas-Rodriguez SG, Schippers JC, Kennedy MD (2019) Assessing pretreatment and seawater reverse osmosis performance using an ATP-based bacterial growth potential method. Desalination 467: 210-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2019.06.001 [IF = 6.603]
  4. Salinas-Rodriguez SG, Sithole N, Dhakal N, Olive M, Schippers JC, Kennedy MD (2019) Monitoring particulate fouling of North Sea water with SDI and new ASTM MFI0.45 test. Desalination 454: 10-19 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2018.12.006 [IF = 6.603]
  5. Abushaban A, Salinas-Rodriguez SG, Mangal MN, Mondal S, Goueli SA, Knezev A, Vrouwenvelder JS, Schippers JC, Kennedy MD (2019) ATP measurement in seawater reverse osmosis systems: Eliminating seawater matrix effects using a filtration-based method. Desalination 453: 1-9 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2018.11.020 [IF = 6.603]
  6. Sousi, M., Liu, G., Salinas-Rodriguez, S. G., Blankert, B., Schippers, J. C., van der Meer, W. G. J., & Kennedy, M. D. (2018). Further developing the bacterial growth potential method for ultra-pure drinking water produced by remineralization of reverse osmosis permeate. Water Research, 145, 687-696. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.09.002. [IF = 7.913]
  7. Arevalo, J., Sandin, R., Kennedy, M. D., Salinas-Rodriguez, S. G., Rogalla, F., & Monsalvo, V. M. (2018). Membrane-based pretreatment to mitigate variations in desalination plants. Water Science and Technology, 77(12), 2858–2866. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2018.279 [IF = 1.624]
  8. Dhakal, N., Salinas-Rodriguez, S. G., Ouda, A., Schippers, J.C., Kennedy, M. D. (2018). Fouling of ultrafiltration membranes by organic matter generated by marine algal species. Journal of Membrane Science 555: 418-428doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.057[IF = 7.015]
  9. Abushaban, A., Mangal, M. N., Salinas-Rodriguez, S. G., Nnebuo, C., Mondal, S., Goueli, S. A., . . . Kennedy, M. D. (2017). Direct measurement of ATP in seawater and application of ATP to monitor bacterial growth potential in SWRO pre-treatment systems. Desalination and Water Treatment, 99, 91-101. doi: 10.5004/dwt.2017.21783 [IF = 1.631]
  10. Salinas-Rodriguez, S.G., Prabowo, A., Abushaban, A., Battes, F., Schippers, J.C., & Kennedy, M.D. (2016). Pre-coating of outside-inside capillary UF membranes with iron hydroxide particles to limit non-backwashable fouling during seawater algal blooms. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57(55), 26730-26740doi:10.1080/19443994.2016.1190111 [IF = 1.631]
  11. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Amy, G.L., Schippers, J.C., & Kennedy, M.D. (2015). The Modified Fouling Index Ultrafiltration Constant Flux for assessing particulate/colloidal fouling of RO systems. Desalination, 365, 79-91. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2015.02.018 [IF = 6.603]
  12. Dhakal, N., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Schippers, J.C., & Kennedy, M.D. (2015). Induction time measurements in two brackish water reverse osmosis plants for calcium carbonate precipitation. Desalination and Water Treatment, 53(2), 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2014.903870 [IF = 1.631]
  13. Ekowati, Y., Msuya, M., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Veenendaal, G., Schippers, J.C., & Kennedy, M.D. (2014). Synthetic organic polymer fouling in municipal wastewater reuse reverse osmosis. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 4(3), 125-136. doi:10.2166/wrd.2014.046 [IF = 1.538]
  14. Dhakal, N., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Schippers, J., & Kennedy, M. (2014). Perspectives and challenges for desalination in developing countries. IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse, 6(1), 10-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/2051645214Y.0000000015 [IF = 0.688]
  15. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Amy, G.L., & Schippers, J.C. (2012). Flux dependency of particulate/colloidal fouling in seawater reverse osmosis systems. Desalination and Water Treatment, 42, 155-162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.683104 [IF = 1.631]
  16. Gasia Bruch, E., Busch, M., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., & Kennedy, M.D. (2011). Improving Fouling Indices, Measurements and Modeling: Their Relevance. IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse (Fourth quarter), 58-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/ida.2011.3.4.58 [IF = 0.688]
  17. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Schippers, J.C., & Amy, G.L. (2009). Organic foulants in estuarine and bay sources for seawater reverse osmosis – Comparing pre-treatment processes with respect to foulant reductions. Desalination and Water Treatment, 9(1-3), 155-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.5004/dwt.2009.766 [IF = 1.631]
  18. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Al-Rabaani, B., Kennedy, M.D., Schippers, J.C., & Amy, G.L. (2009). MFI-UF constant pressure at high ionic strength conditions. Desalination and Water Treatment, 10, 64-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.5004/dwt.2009.727 [IF = 1.631]
  19. Baghoth, S.A., Maeng, S.K., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Ronteltap, M., Sharma, S., Kennedy, M.D., & Amy, G. (2008). An Urban Water Cycle Perspective of Natural Organic Matter (NOM): NOM in Drinking Water, Wastewater Effluent, Storm water, and Seawater. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 8(6), 701-707. doi:10.2166/ws.2008.146 [IF = 0.922]
  20. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Diepeveen, A., Prummel, H., & Schippers, J.C. (2008). Optimization of PACl dose to reduce RO cleaning in an IMS. Desalination, 220(1-3), 239-251. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2007.02.039 [IF = 6.603]
  21. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Prummel, H., Diepeveen, A., & Schippers, J.C. (2008). PACl: A simulation of the change in Al concentration and Al solubility in RO. Desalination, 220(1-3), 305-312. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2007.02.042 [IF = 6.603]

Books

  1. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Amy, G.L., Kim, I.S., Schippers, J.C., Kennedy, M.D. (2019) Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination: Assessment & Pre-treatment of Fouling and Scaling. IWA Publishing, London. ISBN: 9781780409856 (Hardback)  https://www.iwapublishing.com/books/9781780409856/seawater-reverse-osmosis-desalination-assessment-pre-treatment-fouling-and
  2. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G. (2011). Particulate and organic matter fouling of SWRO systems: Characterization, modelling and applications. Delft: CRC Press/Balkema. ISBN:9780415620925

Book chapters

  1. Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Schippers, J.C., & Kennedy, M.D. (2015). Chapter 1: The process of reverse osmosis. In S. Burn & S. Gray (Eds.), Efficient Desalination by Reverse Osmosis - A best practice guide to RO: IWA. ISBN:9781780405056.
  2. Lattemann, S., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Schippers, J.C., & Amy, G.L. (2012). Environmental and Performance Aspects of Pretreatment and Desalination Technologies. In N. Lior (Ed.), Advances in Water Desalination (pp. 79 - 195 ). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN:9780470054598. doi: 10.1002/9781118347737.ch2
  3. Sharma, S.K., Baghoth, S.A., Maeng, S.K., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., & Amy, G.L. (2011). Chapter 3. Natural organic matter: Characterization profiling as a basis for treatment process selection and performance monitoring. In A. van Niewenhuizen & J. van der Graaf (Eds.), Handbook on particle separation processes: IWA. ISBN:9781843392774
  4. Amy, G.L., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Kennedy, M.D., Schippers, J.C., Rapenne, S., Remize, P.-J., . . . Fane, A.G. (2011). Water quality assessment tools. In E. Drioli, A. Criscuoli & F. Macedonio (Eds.), Membrane-Based Desalination - An Integrated Approach (MEDINA) (pp. 192): IWA. ISBN:9781843393214
  5. Kennedy, M.D., Kamanyi, J., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Lee, N.H., Schippers, J.C., & Amy, G. (2008). Water Treatment by Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration Advanced Membrane Technology and Applications (pp. 131-170): John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN:9780471731672. doi: 10.1002/9780470276280.ch6

Standard method

  1. Schippers, J.C., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., & Kennedy, M.D. (2014). Proposal to the ASTM to include the “Modified Fouling Index (0.45) (MFI-0.45)” as method to assess particulate fouling potential of water. Approved in 2015: ASTM D8002 - 15, Standard Test Method for Modified Fouling Index (MFI-0.45) of Water. 2015, ASTM International: West Conshohocken, PA.

Magazines

  1. Schippers, J.C., Salinas Rodriguez, S.G., Boerlage S.F.E., & Kennedy, M.D. (2014, May-June). Why MFI is edging SDI as a fouling index. Desalination & Water Reuse, 28-32.

Scientific reports

  1. Schneider, O., Weinrich, L., Giraldo, E., Kennedy, M.D., & Salinas Rodriguez, S.G. (2012). Investigation of Organic Matter Removal in Saline Waters by Pretreatment: Water Research Foundation. Foundation Project Number 4280.

Conference proceedings (selected)

  1. Dhakal, N., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Schippers, J. C., & Kennedy, M. D. (2018). Global water scarcity and desalination: Challenges and opportunities. Paper presented at the International conference on Desalination (InDA-2018), Tiruchirappalli, India.
  2. Abushaban, A., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Mondal, S., Goueli, S. A., Schippers, J. C., & Kennedy, M. D. (2018). Monitoring Adenosine Triphosphate and bacterial regrowth potential in Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plants. XII Congreso Internacional de AEDYR, Toledo, Espana.
  3. Dhakal, N., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Knops, F., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2017). Ultrafiltration as a pretreatment for seawater reverse osmosis during algal bloom. IDA World Desalination Congress. Sao Paulo - Brazil: IDA.
  4. Dhakal, N., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2017). Seawater desalination to alleviate water scarcity in developing countries: What are the barriers? IDA World Desalination Congress. Sao Paulo - Brazil: IDA.
  5. Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Dhakal, N., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2017). Applying the new MFI0.45 method and comparison with SDI in seawater reverse osmosis systems. IDA World Desalination Congress. Sao Paulo - Brazil: IDA.
  6. Abushaban, A., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2017). A new method for assessing bacterial growth in seawater reverse osmosis systems: Method development and applications. IDA World Desalination Congress. Sao Paulo - Brazil: IDA.
  7. Arevalo, J., Kennedy, M. D., Salinas-Rodriguez, S. G., Sandin, R., Rogalla, F. & Monsalvo, V. M. (2017). Pretreatment systems in desalination plants to reduce extreme events impact in drinking water production. Pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events. Bilthoven, Netherlands: IWC.
  8. Mondal, S., Abushaban, A., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Mangal, M. N., Goueli, S. A. & Kennedy, M. D. (2017). Development and application of new methods to measure bacterial activity and nutrients in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) In: AMTA/AWWA (ed.) Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition. Long Beach, CA, USA.
  9. Dhakal, N., Chaveau, S., Knops, F., Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2015). Algal blooms and advanced pre-treatment in seawater reverse osmosis. IDA World congress - Desalination and water Reuse. San Diego, United States: IDA.
  10. Salinas Rodriguez, S. G., Amy, G. L., Schippers, J. C. & Kennedy, M. D. (2014) What can fouling indices tell us about pre-treatment efficiency and RO operation? In: IWA, ed. Specialist conference: Advances in particle science and separation, 15-18 June 2014 Sapporo, Japan. IWA.

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