He is currently working as a research professor and deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) in Barcelona which is run by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He was appointed Director of the Catalan institute for water research (ICRA) in Girona in 2008. In 2016 he was appointed Professor in Biology at the College of Science under the Distinguished Scientists Fellowship Program (DSPF) at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
His research career has been focused on the area of water quality, particularly in the development of methods for controlling organic pollution by the so-called “emerging pollutants” (polar pesticides, surfactants – detergents –, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical products) in waste and natural water , soil and sludges.
Since 2010 he is listed among the most internationally cited scientists (ISI Highly Cited), by the number (> 1000 SCI papers) and the exceptional quality of his publications, with the Hirsch-Index of 103 and total number of citations over 49 thousand.
As of January 2018, he has been supervisor of 55 PhDs, short and continuous education courses in Universities from Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia among others as well as at PITTCON, SETAC and ExTech international conferences.