Jean-Philippe Bedell
Susete Martin Dias
Bioavailability and ecotoxicology assessment of organic contaminants presents in Estarreja soils
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).
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Chimie, Écologie



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
1. 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.
1. Reis A.T., Duarte A.C., Henriques B., Coelho C., Lopes C.B., Mieiro C., Tavares D., Ahmad I., Coelho J.P., Rocha L., Cruz N., Rocha R., Rodrigues S., Pereira E. (2012) ILAE-Hg-02 Technical Report. CESAM and Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro. Aveiro, Portugal. 36.
Assistant Professor IST
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.
Technicienne laboratoire
Physico-chemical characterization of solid samples (soils, sédiments, plants...)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
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).
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Engineering
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),
Technicien de laboratoire
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa
Master Degree in Environmental Engineering
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
• 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.