20 years of Science and Innovation

Nuno Ratola

Assistant Researcher

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Environmental presence and behaviour of legacy and emerging organic contaminants.
  • Biomonitoring and chemical transport of chemicals.
  • Advanced analytical techniques of extraction and quantification.
  • Field sampling campaigns and sample handling protocols.
  • Exposure assessment and prioritisation of relevant compounds.
  • Climate change scenarios.

Selected Publications

N. Ratola, P. Jiménez-Guerrero, “Can biomonitors effectively detect airborne benzo[a]pyrene? An evaluation approach using modelling”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16: 4271-4282, 2016.

N. Ratola, V. Homem, J.A. Silva, R. Araújo, J.M. Amigo, L. Santos, A. Alves, “Biomonitoring of pesticides by pine needles – chemical scoring, risk of exposure, levels and trends”, Science of the Total Environment, 476–477: 114–124, 2014.

N. Ratola, A. Cincinelli, A. Alves, A. Katsoyiannis, “Occurrence of organic microcontaminants in the wastewater treatment process. A mini review”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 239-240: 1-18, 2012.

N. Ratola, J.M. Amigo, A. Alves, “Comprehensive assessment of pine needles as bioindicators of PAHs using multivariate analysis. The importance of temporal trends”, Chemosphere, 81: 1517–1525, 2010.

N. Ratola, S. Lacorte, A. Alves, D. Barceló, “Analysis of PAHs in pine needles by GC-MS. Comparison of different extraction and clean-up procedures”, Journal of Chromatography A, 1114: 198-204, 2006.

Selected Projects

Feb 2014 – Feb 2015

Project: EXPL/AAG-MAA/0981/2013 (€42 312)

Funding body: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)

• “SILOQUEST - How are siloxanes behaving in the environment?”

Role: Principal Investigator

July 2014 – July 2015

Project: CGL2013-48491-R (Project leader – Dr. Pedro Jiménez Guerrero; € 12 000)

Funding body: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain)

• “DIDIER - Describing the Direct and Indirect radiative Effects of atmospheric aeRosols by using fully-coupled climate models”

Role: Team member

May 2010 – Oct 2013

Project: PTDC/AGR-CFL/102597/2008 (Project leader – Prof. Lúcia Santos; € 88 056)

Funding body: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)

• “SAFEPINE – Evaluation of forest contamination by emergent pollutants”

Role: Team member

May 2010 – May 2013

Project: PTDC/EQU-EQU/102425/2008 (Project leader – Prof. Arminda Alves; € 83 856)

Funding body: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)

• “MelMIP – Molecularly imprinted polymer for melamine analysis in food products”

Role: Team member

Mar 2007 – Feb 2010

Project: PTDC/AGR-CFL/73156/2006 (Project leader – Prof. Arminda Alves; € 75 240)

Funding body: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal)

• “Pine Needles as Biomonitors of Airborne Persistent Organic Pollutants”

Role: Team member


Email: nrnetofe.up.pt

Phone: +351 22 041 4848

Room: E309

Laboratory: E201

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