Jean-Philippe Bedell
Susete Martin Dias
Ecotoxicological and human health risk assessment of organic contaminants in Estarreja area and Rhône valley.
Soil, an important environmental compartment, is largely affected daily by anthropogenic activities such as industries, traffic and waste disposal. These activities can bring to the soils large quantities of several contaminants and consequently they can easily enter the food chain and the trophic scale of ecosystems via plants and animals.
This type of organic pollutants can persist for long times in the environment, being susceptible to transport for long distances, then they can easily reach a large geographic area and be widely dispersed.
It is of an extreme importance to assess the environmental and human health risk pose by this problem. In this work, an evaluation and a comparison study will be done through bioavailability tests and ecotoxicological bioassays with plants and invertebrates in order to assess the real risk inherent to the presence of such pollutants in soils of an important industrial area: Estarreja (Portugal) as well as in the“casiers Girardon” of Rhône river (France). These constructions were responsible for significant changes in the sedimentation processes in the river banks especially during overflow episodes. Sediment deposition can lead also to several ecosystem and health risks once some inorganic and organic pollutants can be associated to these sediments.
Projet ROHM
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
  • Vallée du Rhône
Chimie, Écologie, Écophysiologie, Sédimentologie



Ma thématique de recherche porte sur l'évaluation de la mobilité environnmentale des polluanst dans les sédiments et plus particulièrement du rôle des organismes vivants dont les plantes sur cette mobillité. Cette approche fait partie intégrante de l'évaluation environnementale dans le cadre de la gestion par dépôt à terre de ces sédiments en amenant des élèments d'évaluation tant sur la toxicité pour les plantes que sur leurs potentiels de bioaccumulation.



Doctorante Labex DRIIHM
Master en Géomatériaux et des ressources géologiques
Niveau 7 CEC FCUP - Faculté des sciences, Université de Porto, Porto (Portugal)
Cruz N., Rodrigues S.M., Coelho C., Carvalho L., Duarte A.C, Pereira E., Römkens P.F.A.M. (in press) Urban Agriculture: availability of potentially toxic elements for plant uptake. Applied Geochemistry.
2. Rodrigues S.M., Cruz N., Coelho C., Henriques B., Carvalho L., Duarte A.C., Pereira E., Römkens P.F.A.M. (in press) Risk assessment for Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in urban soils: Chemical availability as the central concept. Environmental Pollution.
3. Anjum N.A., Ahamd I., Rodrigues S.M., Henriques B., Cruz N., Coelho C., Pacheco M., Duarte A.C., Pereira E. (2013) Eriophorum angustifolium and Lolium perenne metabolic adaptations to metals- and metalloids-induced anomalies in the vicinity of a chemical industrial complex. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20, 1, 568-581.
4.Henriques, B., Rodrigues, S.M., Coelho, C., Cruz, N., Duarte, A.C., Römkens P.F.A.M., Pereira. E. (2013). Risk associated with the transfer of toxic organo-metallic mercury from soils into the terrestrial feed chain. Enivronment International, 59, 0, 408-417.
Assistant Professor
co-encadrante de la thèse
The CERENA Environment Group develop comproved research works on characterization, management and protection of natural resources (water, air, biomass, soil, biodiversity and ecosystems), including modeling natural and technological hazards, characterization of the causes, evolution and consequences of climate change on ecosystems, development of sustained global environmental observation and information systems, and on environmental health. The research is mainly applied and experimental, based on a high laboratorial intensity level. Thus, the laboratorial resources, which have a vast set of competences that serve all groups and thematic strands, support the major structure: Chemical Analysis, Separation Processes, Geochemistry, among others.
Schwitzguébel, J.-P., Page, V., Dias, Susete Martins, Davies, L., Vasilyeva, G., Strijakova, E., 2010. Using Plants to Remove Foreign Compounds from Contaminated Water and Soil. Organic Xenobiotics and Plants from Mode of Action to Ecophysiology, volume 8, pp. 149-189, Springer-Verlag
Harberl, R., Grego, S., Langergraber, G., kadlec, R. H., Cicalini, A.-R., Dias, Susete Martins, Maggiolly, J., Aubert, S., Gerth, A., Thomas, H., Hebner, A., 2003. Constructed Wetlands for the treatment of organic pollutants. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 3, 109 – 124.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Engineering.
Environmental Biotechnology, specialized in the study of phytoremediation of contaminated water and
soils using physical and chemical parameters and molecular biology techniques such as genomics and
proteomics (RNA, DNA and protein extraction, purification and analysis)

R. A. Ferreira, J. G. Duarte, P. Vergine, C. D Antunes, F. Freire, S. Martins-Dias (2014), “Phragmites sp. physiological changes in a constructed wetland treating an effluent contaminated with a diazo dye (DR81)”, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(16), 9626-9643.
- L. C. Davies, G. J. M. Cabrita, R. A. Ferreira, C. C. Carias, J. M. Novais, S. Martins- Dias (2009), "Integrated study of the role of Phragmites australis in azo-dye treatment in a constructed wetland: from pilot to molecular scale", Ecological Engineering, 35(6), 961-970.
Laboratory Technician at IST
Laboratory experience in sampling and characterization of soil samples (Soxhlet extraction, GC-MS
analysis, ionic chromatography, etc.)
R.Silva, R. Fragoso, C. Sanches, M. Costa, S.Martins-Dias (2014). "Which Chlorine ions are currently being quantified as total chlorine on solid alternative fuels?" Fuel Processing Technology, 128, pp. 61-67
Researcher at GeoBioTec, University of Aveiro
•PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Aveiro
•Inácio M., Neves O., Pereira, V, Ferreira da Silva E. 2014. Arsenicin soils, gramineae and crops in a Portuguese industrial contaminated site in "One Century of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America (1914-2014)". Editor(s): Marta Litter, Hugo B. Nicolli, Jochen Bundschuh and Prosun Bhattacharya.

•Inácio M., Neves O., Pereira, V, Ferreira da Silva E. 2014. Levels of selected potential harmful elements (PHEs) in soils and vegetables used in diet of the population living in the surroundings of the Estarreja Chemical Complex (Portugal). Applied Geochemistry, 44, 38 - 44.
Technicienne Laboratoire
Caractérisation physico-chimique des matrices solides
Evaluation des risques
Directeur adjoint de l'UMR
Perrodin Yves, Christine Bazin, Frédéric Orias, Thérèse Bastide, Adriana Wigh, Alexandra Berlioz-Barbier, Emmanuelle Vuillet & Laure Wiest. A posteriori assessment of ecotoxicological risks linked to building a hospital, Chemosphere 144 (2016) 440-445.
Orias Frédéric & Perrodin Yves. Pharmaceuticals in hospital wastewater: their ecotoxicity and contribution to the environmental hazard of the effluent. Chemosphere, 115 (2014) 31–39.
Orias Frédéric, Laurent Simon & Perrodin Yves. Experimental assessment of bioconcentration of 15N-tamoxifen in Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, Chemosphere, 122 (March 2015) 251-256.
Orias Frédéric, Bony Sylvie, Devaux Alain, Durrieu Claude, Aubrat Marion, Hombert Thibault, Wigh Adriana & Perrodin Yves. Tamoxifen ecotoxicity and resulting risks for aquatic ecosystems, Chemosphere, 128 (June 2015) 79-84.
Orias Frédéric, Simon Laurent, Mialdea Gladys, Clair Angéline, Brosselin Vanessa & Perrodin Yves. Bioconcentration of 15N-tamoxifen at environmental concentration in liver, gonad and muscle of Danio rerio. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 120 (2015) 457-462.
Perrodin Yves, Orias Frédéric, Boillot Clotilde, Panoullières Muriel, Julien Jean, Brackers De Hugo Aurélien & Evens Emmanuel. Evaluation des risques écotoxicologiques liés aux effluents hospitaliers et recommandations de gestion - Revue des Sciences de l’Eau / Journal of Water Science (2015), Volume 28, Numéro 1, 59-64.