Catalysis for sustainable energy production and environmental protection

Research group no. 28

Catalysis for sustainable energy production and environmental protection

Group leader

dr hab. inż. Juan Carlos Colmenares Quintero

Research topics

Thermo-catalytic, Sono-catalytic and Photo-catalytic valorisation of all kinds of organic wastes (including CO2) in water and air. Production of high value added chemicals (e.g. solar fuels, intermediates for the pharmaceutical and food industries) from organic wastes. Rational design and synthesis of new functional nanostructured catalysts (using unconventional methods, e.g. methods using ultrasound and / or photon energy) for water and air purification processes, and hydrogen production.


  • mgr Ayesha Khan 
  • dr inż. Dariusz Łomot 
  • mgr Swaraj Pradhan 
  • mgr Abdul Qayyum
  • mgr Karolina Kawka



Colmenares-Quintero, R. F., Góez-Sánchez, G. D., Colmenares-Quintero, J. C., Latorre-Noguera, L. F., & Kasperczyk, D.
Application of a simulation tool based on a bio-inspired algorithm for optimisation of distributed power generation systems.
Cogent Engineering,

Giannakoudakis, D. A., Anastopoulos, I., Barczak, M., Terpiłowski, K., Sigarikar, E. M., Shams, M., Coy, E., Bakandritsos, A., Katsoyiannis, I. A., Colmenares, J. C., & Pashalidis, I.
Enhanced uranium removal from acidic wastewater by phosphonate-functionalized ordered mesoporous silica: surface chemistry matters the most.
Journal of Hazardous Materials,

Colmenares-Quintero, R. F., Maestre-Gongora, G. P., Pacheco-Moreno, L. J., Rojas, N., Stansfield, K. E., & Colmenares-Quintero, J. C.
Analysis of the energy service in non-interconnected zones of Colombia using business intelligence.
Cogent Engineering,

Prekodravac, J., Kepic, D., Colmenares, J. C., Giannakoudakis, D. A., & Jovanovic, S. P.
A comprehensive review on selected graphene synthesis methods: from electrochemical exfoliation through rapid thermal annealing towards biomass pyrolysis.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C,

Coy, E., Iatsunskyi, I., Colmenares, J. C., Kim, Y., & Mrówczyński, R.
Polydopamine Films with 2D-like Layered Structure and High Mechanical Resilience.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,

Janiszewska, D., Olchowski, R., Nowicka, A., Zborowska, M., Marszałkiewicz, K., Shams, M., Giannakoudakis, D. A., Anastopoulos, I., & Barczak, M.
Activated biochars derived from wood biomass liquefaction residues for effective removal of hazardous hexavalent chromium from aquatic environments.
GCB Bioenergy,

Abatal, M., Olguin, M. T., Anastopoulos, I., Giannakoudakis, D. A., Lima, E. C., Vargas, J., & Aguilar, C.
Comparison of Heavy Metals Removal from Aqueous Solution by Moringa oleifera Leaves and Seeds.

Benavides-Castillo, J. M., Carmona-Parra, J. A., Rojas, N., Stansfield, K. E., Colmenares-Quintero, J. C., & Colmenares-Quintero, R. F.
Framework to design water-energy solutions based on community perceptions: Case study from a Caribbean coast community in Colombia.
Cogent Engineering,

Colmenares-Quintero, R. F., Latorre-Noguera, L. F., Rojas, N., Kolmsee, K., Stansfield, K. E., & Colmenares-Quintero, J. C.
Computational framework for the selection of energy solutions in indigenous communities in Colombia: Kanalitojo case study.
Cogent Engineering,

Giannakoudakis, D. A., Qayyum, A., Nair, V., Khan, A., Pradhan, S. R., Prekodravac, J., Rekos, K., LaGrow, A. P., Bondarchuk, O., Łomot, D., Triantafyllidis, K. S., & Colmenares, J. C.
Ultrasound-assisted decoration of CuOx nanoclusters on TiO2 nanoparticles for additives free photocatalytic hydrogen production and biomass valorization by selective oxidation.
Molecular Catalysis,

Madhubashani, A. M. P., Giannakoudakis, D. A., Amarasinghe, B. M. W. P. K., Rajapaksha, A. U., Pradeep Kumara, P. B. T., Triantafyllidis, K. S., & Vithanage, M.
Propensity and appraisal of biochar performance in removal of oil spills: A comprehensive review.
Environmental Pollution,

Shams, M., Balouchi, H., Alidadi, H., Asadi, F., Goharshadi, E. K., Rezania, S., Rtimi, S., Anastopoulos, I., Bonyadi, Z., Mehranzamir, K., & Giannakoudakis, D. A.
Coupling electrocoagulation and solar photocatalysis for electro- and photo-catalytic removal of carmoisine by Ag/graphitic carbon nitride: optimization by process modeling and kinetic studies.
Journal of Molecular Liquids,

Colmenares-Quintero, R. F., Quiroga-Parra, D. J., Rojas, N., Stansfield, K. E., & Colmenares-Quintero, J. C.
Big Data analytics in Smart Grids for renewable energy networks: Systematic review of information and communication technology tools.
Cogent Engineering,

Colmenares-Quintero, R. F., Valderrama-Riveros, O. C., Macho-Hernantes, F., Stansfield, K. E., & Colmenares-Quintero, J. C.
Renewable energy smart sensing system monitoring for off-grid vulnerable community in Colombia.
Cogent Engineering,

Colmenares, J. C., Ćwieka, K., Czelej, K., Jabłczyńska, K., Werner, Ł., & Gradoń, L.

Supported plasmonic nanocatalysts for hydrogen production by wet and dry photoreforming of biomass and biogas derived compounds: Recent progress and future perspectives.


Prekodravac, J. R., Nair, V., Giannakoudakis, D. A., Hsu, S. H.-Y., & Colmenares, J. C.

Homogeneous photocatalysts immobilized on polymeric supports: Environmental and chemical synthesis applications.

Materials Science in Photocatalysis,