ChemREs – Chemical Composition of Rainwater in Estarreja: identification of major contaminants (organics and inorganics), source assessment and evaluation of implications for the environment and humans
Patrícia Santos
Type de projet
Projet OHM
Chimie, Santé publique
The present project intends to contribute to the knowledge of chemical composition (organic and inorganic) of rainwater in the city of Estarreja, identifying the major pollutants in the area, including tracers of anthropogenic activities. Thus, two distinct sampling locals will be used to evaluate the sources of pollution: one in the industrial area (industrial); and another out of industrial area, and near an agricultural area (industrial background/agricultural).
The influence of seasonality (with sampling in two distinct periods: warm and cold seasons) and of air masses trajectories on the chemical composition of rainwater will be also assessed. Moreover, will be evaluated the implications of the presence of contaminants in rainwater to the environment and to the human beings, since rainwater is a way of availability of freshwater.
The project involves a multidisciplinary team, with researchers from the Departments of Chemistry and Geosciences at University of Aveiro, with wide experience in assessment of organic and inorganic contamination in environmental matrices, including in rainwater.
This project is in the scope of "the OHM International Estarreja, which aims at studying the multiple effects of the industrial activity on the man-environment relationship, taking into account the temporal dimension, marked by changes in industrial practices". Furthermore, the proposed project is within the scope of the priority areas,
"Area 2: Public Health", more specifically "Organic Contaminants: agricultural origin/ industrial origin". In addition to organic contaminants the present project will also study the inorganic contaminants from agricultural and industrial origins.


Patrícia Santos
2019-12-20 14:09:13
2019-02-26 13:01:14
Patrícia Santos
Patrícia Santos graduated in Industrial Chemistry at University of Coimbra in 2002, and completed the MSc in Instrumental Methods and Analytical Control at University of Aveiro (UA) in 2006. In 2006 Patrícia was awarded with a FCT scholarship to pursue her PhD in Chemistry at UA under the subject “Origin, seasonality and chemical characteristics of rainwater in Aveiro” and completed the PhD degree in January 2011. Since obtaining her PhD degree Patrícia was awarded with 2 FCT PostDoc grants and has worked on studying chemical characteristics of rainwater, oxidation reactions in atmospheric waters and removal of contaminants from rainwater, in Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) at UA. Since January 2019 Patrícia is Junior Researcher in CESAM at UA.
Patrícia has participated in various European projects, namely SAPPHIRE (2002-2005), and in 2015/2016 she was the principal investigator of a project funded by LabEx DRIIHM and CNRS, entitled ChemREs-Chemical Composition of Rainwater in Estarreja: identification of major contaminants, source assessment and evaluation of implications for the environment and humans, at UA.
Patrícia published 26 papers in international peer review journals (631 citations, h-index of 13),and has 21 poster communications and 5 oral communications in national/international meetings. She has been invited for peer review referee work in international journals (e.g. Chemosphere, Geophys Res Lett, Sci Total Environ).



Patrícia Santos graduated in Industrial Chemistry (4 years) at the University of Coimbra in 2002. In 2002-2005, she was a research fellow in the Environmental Department at the Aveiro University integrated in the European Project SAPPHIRE - Source Apportionment of Airborne Particulate Matter and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Urban Regions of Europe, and during this period, in 2004, she took postgraduate studies in Physics of Climate and Climate Changes, and started an MSc in Instrumental Methods and Analytical Control, at the University of Aveiro. In 2005-2006, she also was a research fellow in the Chemistry Department at the Aveiro University with a project about Interactions between Organic and Inorganic Matter in Rainwater with the Atmospheric Conditions in Aveiro Town. Patrícia Santos completed the MSc degree (2 years) in Analytical Chemistry at University of Aveiro, in 2006, and completed a PhD degree (4 years) in Chemistry at the Aveiro University, in 2011. Her PhD...


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