A leader alliance

Since 2006-2007, three leading higher education institutions (the Universitat Jaume I, the Universitat de Girona, and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili) have pooled their experience and resources to provide excellence on the Master's in Applied Chromatographic Techniques. Click on the logos for further information about each university.

Coordinators of the Master's in Applied Chromatographic Techniques.

Elena Pitarch (UJI)

Elena Pitarch is a tenured lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at the Universitat Jaume I. Her research focuses on the possibilities provided by mass spectrometry with various analysers in several fields related to food safety and the environment. After graduating in Chemistry, she began conducting research for her doctoral thesis on the development of analytical methodology for determining organophosphorus and organochlorine pesticides in human biological samples. Her lines of research have largely followed the instrumental developments introduced in the field of gas chromatography, including the use of GC with conventional detectors, GC-MS coupling with simple analysers, and the most novel couplings using tandem mass analysers or high-resolution mass spectrometers with TOF analysers. Her projects have led to the development of analytical methods for the quantitative determination of numerous organic pollutants in different matrices (e.g. environmental, biological, and food). She has also participated in lines of research based on LC-MS to determine analytes such as drugs of abuse, medicines and nitrosamines in waters. Her latest work in the field of MS has focused on designing work strategies and developing methods with new sources of chemical ionization at atmospheric pressure in GC (APCI).

She has participated in over 20 research projects, published over 45 scientific papers mainly in the first quartile of their category, and given numerous presentations at scientific conferences. Her h-index is currently 24.

Her teaching responsibilities have included codirecting two doctoral theses (defended in October 2014 and April 2016). She has coordinated the Interuniversity Master's in Applied Chromatographic Techniques since 2009.

Rosa Maria Marcè (URV)

Rosa Maria Marcè holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Universitat de Barcelona. She is currently a full professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Faculty of Chemistry of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Her research activity focuses on the development and application of new analytical methods for determining organic pollutants in environmental samples such as water, sediments, sewage sludge, and the air. Her specific research interests involve improving sample treatment techniques and developing new materials for extraction techniques as well as improving chromatographic determination coupled with mass spectrometry using latest-generation instruments. Her research results have been published in over 220 scientific articles, 10 book chapters and numerous conference presentations. Her h index is currently 50. She has participated in over 25 competitive projects (seven of which as the main researcher) and numerous technology transfer projects.

She has taught courses in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Analysis at undergraduate (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Oenology) and Master's (Applied Chromatographic Techniques, Chemistry in Industry, Environmental Law) levels and directed over 20 doctoral theses in those fields. She has coordinated the Interuniversity Master's in Applied Chromatographic Techniques since 2006.

Manuela Hidalgo (UdG)

Manuela Hidalgo is a full professor in ​​Analytical Chemistry at the Universitat de Girona. She holds a degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has carried out post-doctoral visits to the University of California at Berkeley (Office of Environment, Health and Safety and the School of Chemistry) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering). Her research activities have focused on several lines of research. She is currently working on the development of analytical methods to determine inorganic and organic species mainly in environmental matrices. Much of her research has focused on sample treatment techniques applied in combination with several instrumental, spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques, including ICP-MS, XRF and LC-MS. Her specific interests include studying the behaviour of pollutants in the environment, the elimination of contaminants by natural treatment systems and the recycling of wastewater.

She has participated in over 25 competitive research projects (of which nine as the main researcher). She is the author of over 110 scientific papers. Her teaching responsibilities have included directing ten doctoral theses. She currently teaches on the degree in Chemistry and the degree in Environmental Sciences at the Universitat de Girona and on the Interuniversity Master's in Science and Water Technology at the same university. She also teaches on the Interuniversity Master's in Applied Chromatographic Techniques, of which she is the coordinator for the Universitat de Girona.