Born in Menàrguens (Lleida) in 1954, he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Analytic Chemistry from the same university in 1984. 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.
Since 2010 he is listed among the most internationally cited scientists (ISI Highly Cited), by the number and the exceptional quality of his publications, with the Hirsch-Index of 103 and total number of citations over 50 thousand (January 2018).
Since 1990s he has been at the editorial board of various journals (Talanta, ABC, Environment International) , contributing editor of TrAC- Trends in Analytical Chemsitry and editor of book series (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry , The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry and Advances in Chemical Pollution, Environmental Management and Protection). Since 2012 he is the Co-Editor-in-chief of the Science of the Total Environment and Since January 2017 he is as well Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health.
In 2007, he received the King James I Prize for Environmental Protection (Spain), in 2012 the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water of Saudi Arabia, and in 2012 the Recipharm International Environmental Prize, a Swedish company leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Europe
From 2011-2015 he was appointed as Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Board (STB) in the frame of the European Union-Joint Programming Initiative on “Water Challenges for a Changing World”.
In 2014 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Ioannina (Greece).
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.