25 years of Science and Innovation

Vera Homem

Senior Researcher

Academic position: Assistant Professor (FEUP)

Background: PhD in Environmental Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Development, optimization and validation of analytical methods for the determination of emerging contaminants
  • Environmental monitoring of trace pollutants
  • Prioritization systems and environmental risk assessment
  • Circular economy and waste valorisation
  • Remediation technologies


Selected Publications

Fernandes, A.S., Azevedo, T., Rocha, F., Nunes, E., Homem, V. “Uptake and translocation of synthetic musk fragrances by pea plant grown in sewage sludge-amended soils”. Environmental Pollution (2022) 310, 119908

Homem, V., Llompart, M., Vila, M., Ribeiro, A.R.L., Garcia-Jares, C., Ratola, N., Celeiro, M. “Gone with the flow - Assessment of personal care products in Portuguese rivers”. Chemosphere (2022) 293, 133552

Homem, V., Capela, D., Silva, J.A., Cincinelli, A., Santos, L., Alves, A., Ratola, N. “An approach to the environmental prioritisation of volatile methylsiloxanes in several matrices”. Science of Total Environment (2017) 579, 506-513.

Capela, D. Alves, A., Homem, V., Santos L. “From the shop to the drain - Volatile methylsiloxanes in cosmetics and personal care products”. Environment International (2016), 92-93, 50-62.

Homem, V., Santos, L. “Degradation and removal methods of antibiotics from aqueous matrices - A review”. Journal of Environmental Management (2011) 92, 2304-2347.


Selected Projects

“AGRONAUT - Estudo do impacto agronómico da utilização de lamas de depuração através de uma perspectiva de exposição” (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029425) funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. Beginning: 2018. Duration: 48 months. Role: Principal Investigator.

“S4Hort_Soil&Food – Sustainable practices for Soil health & horticultural products quality improvement in the Entre Douro e Minho Region” (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000074) funded by Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte. Beginning: 2021. Duration: 27 months. Role: Researcher.

“LaNSiloT – Launching new siloxane treatments: assessing effluent, sludge and air quality and improving biogas production in WWTPs” (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032084) funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. Beginning: 2018. Duration: 48 months. Role: Researcher.

"SILOQUEST - Como se comportam os siloxanos no meio ambiente?" (EXPL/AAG-MAA/0981/2013) funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. Beginning: 2014. Duration: 14 months. Role: Researcher.

"Analysis for improvement of the food safety training in the food and agricultural sector" (AIFooST), funded by the European Union (LLP - Lifelong Learning Programme co-promoted with international partners). Beginning: 2013. Duration: 24 months. Role: Researcher.


Email: vhomemfe.up.pt

Phone: +351 22 041 4854

Room: E421

Laboratory: E201, E106

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