Patrícia Santos
MetADeposition – Metal accumulation from atmospheric deposition on soil and vegetables of Estarreja: a matter of concern for the environment and the humans?
The atmospheric pollution in Estarreja is a matter of concern, and its impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, as well as on the humans, are still unknown. A previous project studied the chemical composition of rainwater in Estarreja and identified that Estarreja rainwater contains higher contents of metals in the industrial area than in an industrial background site, namely of Zn, Ba, Cu, Mn, Pb, which were removed by the atmosphere by below cloud scavenging. This project is in the sequence of the previous one, and aims to be a pilot project for studying the metals accumulation from atmospheric deposition on soil and vegetables in the industrial area of Estarreja. For such, will be done experiments outdoors using soil in controlled conditions, and vegetables such as lettuces and Portuguese cabbage, and soil and vegetables will be exposed to dry and wet depositions. Rainwater will be used as indicator of atmospheric deposition. Thus, will be collected samples of soil, vegetables, and of rainwater long the sampling period, which will be between January and June 2020. The content of metals in samples will be evaluated by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results of experiments will allow to evaluate the impacts of the metals accumulation from atmospheric deposition on soil and vegetables for the environment and for the humans in the industrial area of Estarreja.
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Santé publique


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).


Prof. Armando C. Duarte was awarded a PhD degree in Public Health Engineering by University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has over 30 years of internationally recognized experience on Analytical Chemistry, Qualimetrics and Analytical Quality Assurance in relation to obtaining experimental data to support decisions on food safety, health and environmental protection, and sustainable development. His research has significantly contributed mainly to the fields of the distribution, availability and fate of chemical compounds in different environmental compartments, chemical speciation and dynamics in coastal environments, and the characterization of natural organic matter and its interaction with contaminants of environmental significance. Prof. Duarte has coordinated over 20 PhD/Master students allowing them the development of scientific and technological knowledge of excellence on analytical chemistry, qualimetrics and analytical quality assurance. He has either participated or coordinated over 17 research projects, funded by International and National funding agencies. In addition to having published 5 edited books and 29 book chapters, Prof. Duarte has to his credit over 448 significant peer-reviewed publications. Prof. Duarte has been on the Editorial/reviewer panels of reputed International and National scientific journals, has done more than 200 oral/poster communications in scientific meetings, and has h-index 49 (SCOPUS).
Dr. Teresa Rocha-Santos (graduation in Analytical Chemistry, PhD in Chemistry, Aggregation in Chemistry) is a Principal Researcher at Department of Chemistry & CESAM from University of Aveiro. She is a member of the executive commission of UA doctoral school (Functions in the interface, results and impact, particularly in the strategy for international partnerships and PhD in cotutelle) and Co-PI of the CESAM Environmental Biology & Health Thematic research Line and PI of CESAM Environmental Contaminants Assessment & Remediation Laboratory (LECAR). She has a total of 136 papers in SCI journals and an h-index of 31. She is the author of 1 patent, the editor of 8 books, and 8 special issues of scientific journals. She is member of the Editorial board of 8 scientific journals. She was leader of 7 R&D projects and participant in 15. She supervised/co-supervised a total of 72 students/researchers: 41 graduation students, 10 PhD students, 7 MSc students, 3 post-doctoral researchers, 12 fellowships under the scope of research projects. She has been panel member for evaluation of projects for EU Commission and international institutions (e.g.: Swedish EPA, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, NERC/UK Research and Innovation Peer Review of projects, University of Pau), University of Vienna- Review of proposal on microplastics subject for Research Platforms, ERANET RUS Plus Joint call for S&T projects, NSERC's Discovery Grant applications Canada, EURAMET projects, COST actions). She has also been monitoring European projects and evaluating mid-term and final European project reports.

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3660-4116; http://www.cesam.ua.pt/teralex
Anabela Cachada PhD is a researcher in the area of Risk Assessment and Environmental Chemistry at University of Aveiro and University of Porto (Portugal). She has a PhD in Chemistry (University of Aveiro, Portugal), a Master in Geochemistry (University of Aveiro, Portugal), and a degree in Environmental Engineering and of the Natural Resources (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal). She has been working during several years on soil pollution, particularly with organic contaminants. Nowadays she is particularly interested in the risk assessment of contaminated soils and in the evaluation of organic contaminants bioavailability and bioacessibility. She participated in 20 multidisciplinary research projects (including two European funded projects), related to soil pollution monitoring and with the behaviour of organic contaminants in the environment. She has 30 papers published in international scientific periodicals with referees, two book chapters and she has 23 oral communications and 52 poster presentations in national and international conferences.