Sergio Salinas

Sergio Salinas, PhD, MSc is a desalination and water treatment technology professional with experience in Latin America, Middle East, and Europe. He is Senior Lecturer in Water Supply Engineering at IHE Delft.

Sergio has a PhD in Desalination and Water Treatment from the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands), an MSc on Water Supply Engineering from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), a Master on Irrigation and Drainage and a BSc on Civil Engineering from San Simon Major University (Bolivia). He also obtained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), a Dutch certification for lecturing in universities.

He has 21 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (h-index = 9, cumulative impact factor = 75), 5 book chapters, and 23 conference proceedings in the areas of seawater and brackish water desalination, water treatment, water reuse, and natural organic matter characterization. He is a member of the SENSE Research School (123 credit points for publication output).

Sergio is involved in teaching and curriculum development of the MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation (UWS) at IHE Delft. Furthermore he has worked in capacity building and in research and innovation projects, and has been project leader in several of them. He has mentored more than 35 MSc students, co-promoted 3 PhD students, and currently supervises 2 PhD students.

Sergio is in charge of the desalination and membrane technology research line at IHE Delft (

Sergio speaks fluently Spanish and English, and has basic command of Dutch language.

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Research Interests

  • Membrane technology (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis): control of particulate / colloidal fouling, fouling of RO due to cationic polymers, calcium carbonate scaling in BWRO and SWRO, removal of micropollutants, pre-treatment for SWRO systems, hydrodynamic conditions
  • Desalination of seawater and brackish water
  • Water reuse: reuse of domestic wastewater treated effluent into ultrapure water
  • Biological stability of drinking water
  • Smart dosing control: coagulants and antiscalants
  • Natural organic matter characterization
  • Development of early warning¬†tools/indicators to assess fouling in RO systems (e.g., MFI-UF, ATP, AOC, growth potential)