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Antonio Espuña


Centre d'Enginyeria de Processos i Medi Ambient (CEPIMA)

Departament d'Enginyeria Química - UPC - EEBE
c. Eduard Maristany, 10-14. Edifici I planta 5
E-08019 Barcelona, Spain

Phone (+34) 93 40 11732





Antonio Espuña is Industrial Engineer (1986) and PhD. (1994). He is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

His research experience includes, since 1986, the participation as researcher and technical responsible in more than 30 research and development projects in the area of management of chemical processes (modeling, design, optimization and control), funded by local, national and international administrations (EU, NATO, etc.) and also by private entities. Since 1986 he has been responsible of more than 20 different topics at university graduate and master levels, mainly in the area of chemical engineering and environmental engineering. He has participated in different national and international training programs like TEMPUS, Marie Curie or LEONARDO (from UE), NATO, etc. , and also in training courses tailored to specific industrial needs.

He has co-authored more than 90 papers in technical and scientific journals indexed at the JCR, and more than 160 contributions to international congresses in the areas of Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Process Control. He has been member of the Scientific Committee of 5 of them, invited speaker in two of them and Member of the Organizing Committee in two of them. He is currently member of the "Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia”; Spanish Delegate in the “Working Party: Computer Application in Process Engineering” of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFChE); and Member of the Executive Committee of EURECHA (European Committee for Computers in Chemical Engineering Education).


Research interests

In the area of Process Systems Engineering, his research has specially focused on Batch Processes Management, Process Integration, Process Intensification, Sustainability and Circular Economy applications. Regarding methodological aspects, his interests are in the combination of different the modeling and optimization techniques (math programming, stochastic and metaheuristic algorithms, artificial intelligence tools, etc.) for decision making support, information management and standardization.


Recent publications

F Audino, M Pérez-Moya, M Graells, A Espuña, B Csukas, M Varga: A novel modeling approach for a generalizable photo-Fenton-based degradation of organic compounds Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-22 (2020)

A Somoza-Tornos, A Gonzalez-Garay, C Pozo, M Graells, A Espuña, G. Guillén-Gosálbez: Realizing the Potential High Benefits of Circular Economy in the Chemical Industry: Ethylene Monomer Recovery via Polyethylene Pyrolysis ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8 (9), 3561-3572 (2020)

F Audino, G Campanyà, M Pérez-Moya, A Espuña, M Graells: Systematic optimization approach for the efficient management of the photo-Fenton treatment process. Science of the total environment 646, 902-913 (2019)

S Medina-González, A Shokry, J Silvente, G Lupera, A Espuña Optimal management of bio-based energy supply chains under parametric uncertainty through a data-driven decision-support framework.Computers & Industrial Engineering, 139, 105561 (2018)

Shokry, Ahmed; Hamed Ardakani, Mohammad; Escudero, Gerard; Graells, Moisès; Espuña, Antonio: Dynamic kriging based fault detection and diagnosis approach for nonlinear noisy dynamic processes , COMPUTERS & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, 106, 758-776 (2017)

Hjaila, Kefah; Lainez-Aguirre, Jose M.; Puigjaner, Luis; Espuña, Antonio: Scenario-based dynamic negotiation for the coordination of multi-enterprise supply chains under uncertainty,  COMPUTERS & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING , 91, 445-470 (2016)


Silvente, Javier; Kopanos, Georgios M.; Pistikopoulos, Efstratios N.; Espuña, Antonio: A rolling horizon optimization framework for the simultaneous energy supply and demand planning in microgrids, APPLIED ENERGY, 155, 485-501 (2015)

Zamarripa, Miguel; Hjaila, Kefah; Silvente, Javier; Espuña, Antonio:Tactical management for coordinated supply chains COMPUTERS & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, 66, 110-123 (2014)

Capon-Garcia, E.; Guillen-Gosalbez, G.; Espuña, A.Integrating process dynamics within batch process scheduling
via mixed-integer dynamic optimization
. Chemical engineering science. 102, pp. 139 - 150. 10/2013. Available
online at: <>. ISSN 0009-2509

Zamarripa, M.; Aguirre, A.; Méndez, C. A.; Espuña, A.Mathematical programming and game
theory optimization-based tool for supply chain planning in cooperative/competitive environments
Chemical engineering research and design. 91 - 8, pp. 1588 - 1600. 08/2013. Available online at:
<>. ISSN 0263-8762

Muñoz, E.; Capon-Garcia, E.; Lainez, J.M.; Espuña, A.; Puigjaner, L. Considering environmental assessment in
an ontological framework for enterprise sustainability
. Journal of cleaner production. 47, pp. 149 - 164. 05/2013.
Available online at: <>. ISSN 0959-6526

Edrisi Muñoz, Elisabet Capón-García, Marta Moreno-Benito, Antonio Espuña, Luis Puigjaner: Scheduling and control decision-making under an integrated information environment
Computers & Chemical Engineering, Volume 35, Issue 5, 11 May 2011, Pages 774-786

Moisès Graells, Antonio Espuña: Academic performance and success rate: A challenge problem for the PSE community
Computer Aided Chemical EngineeringVolume 292011Pages 1125-1129

Aarón David Bojarski, José Miguel Laínez, Antonio Espuña, Luis Puigjaner: Incorporating environmental impacts and regulations in a holistic supply chains modeling: An LCA approach
Computers & Chemical Engineering, Volume 33, Issue 10, 14 October 2009, Pages 1747-1759

Elisabet Capón-García, Antonio Espuña, Luis Puigjaner: Statistical and simulation tools for designing an optimal blanketing system of a multiple-tank facility
Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 152, Issue 1, 1 October 2009, Pages 122-132