ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Se prevén niveles de polen altos y avanzados para esta primavera. No confundir la alergia con el COVID-19

Las polinizaciones de esta primavera y verano comenzarán unos días antes de lo habitual y serán importantes, alcanzando niveles por encima de la media (del período 1994-2019).

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak .

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .
Laura Talens Peiró

Laura Talens Peiró holds a degree in chemical engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de València, a BSc in combined studies in engineering and a MSc in Clean Manufacturing Technologies both from the University of Teesside (United Kingdom). Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Gara Villalba Méndez and Dr. Xavier Gabarrell i Durany, explored the use of exergy analysis as tool to evaluate biofuels production. This was followed by postdoctoral research as part of the PROSUITE Project and a Marie Curie fellowship supervised by Prof. Robert Ayres at INSEAD (France), on the metabolism of scarce metals. Afterwards, Laura worked as scientific policy officer at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in two main EU policy areas: the development material efficiency requirements for new Ecodesign regulations and the revision of the EU methodology on critical raw materials. In late 2017, Laura was granted a Beatriu de Pinós scolarship and joined the research group SosteniPra at ICTA. She has acted as external expert and an external evaluator of H2020 project proposals by the European Commission.

Research interest
Her career as a researcher has been driven mainly by the need to understand how materials are used by socio-economic systems and the resulting environmental impacts generated by their life cycle. To better understand this problem, she uses methodologies such as material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, exergy analysis, among others, all with a common baseline: the principles of mass and energy conservation. She is especially interested on the use of material by the electrical and electronic industry. Indeed, since the end of 2017, she has worked in the Database of SEmiconductors and other components (DoSE) which aims to shed light on the types and quantities of materials used in electronic products, and allow for a more accurate evaluation of electrical and electronic equipment.

Key Words
Circular Economy, Critical Raw materials, Resource management, Industrial Ecology, Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Laura Talens Peiró
Email UAB: Laura.Talens@uab.cat
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