Márcia Dezotti brought her experience from the field of chemistry to the sciences of chemical engineering. She introduced relevant research topics for Brazil, such as emerging pollutants and innovated in the identification of the organic sub-products and in their association with biological processes, in addition to advanced biological processes. She has published in the best international journals and had outstanding performance in the training of MSc and DSc students.

She conducted several projects in the environmental area (water and effluents treatment) with oil, petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical companies. She led many other projects with Brazilian research agencies (FAPERJ, CNPq, CAPES) and foreign universities (Spain, Portugal, France, Norway, among others).

Prof Dezotti has published three books, two national and one international. The book, Advanced Biological Processes for Effluent Treatment and Molecular Biology Techniques for the Study of Microbial Diversity, 2011 is adopted in Brazilian graduate courses with great success and is a reference for several Brazilian research groups. The 3rd book was published by Springer, Advanced Biological Processes for Wastewater Treatment – Emerging, Consolidated Technologies and Introduction to Molecular Techniques, 2017.

During her academic career, she received more than 30 awards (http://lattes.cnpq.br/8152054984438197). Other highlights are the Scientist of Our State, FAPERJ awards in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2021, which is awarded to the best researchers in the State of Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. She was elected Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2020 and Fellow of the TWAS in 2022 in recognition of her scientific production and its impact in Brazil.

Talk: “Biodegradation of ozonation by-products in a moving-bed biofilm reactor: evaluating the impact on nitrification and microbial community”