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Teresa Rocha Santos

Teresa Rocha Santos

Principal Researcher with Habilitation

  • Author Name : Rocha-Santos T.A.P.

  • Researcher ID: A-2355-2009
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-3660-4116
  • Ciencia ID: 2D1C-3C88-7AE4
  • Department: Departamento de Química
  • Research Group: Biogeochemical Processes & Pollutants (BPP)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Researcher ID=(A-2355-2009)

Research interests

Study of organic contaminants and microplastics fate and behaviour in the environment and during wastewater treatment.
Biodegradation of microplastics.
Development of novel methods for environmental, food and heath care applications (fit for purpose).

Academic degrees

2018 - Aggregation in Chemistry (Universidade de Aveiro)
2000 - PhD in Chemistry (Universidade de Aveiro)
1996 - Graduation in Analytical Chemistry (Universidade de Aveiro)

Scientific activities

2020 (July) - ...- Principal Researcher with Habilitation at CESAM, university of Aveiro
2020 (March)- 2020 (June)- Assistant Researcher at CESAM, University of Aveiro
2019 (November)-2020 (March)-Invited Scientist at CESAM, University of Aveiro
2018-...-Co-PI of CESAM Environmental Biology & Health Thematic Line
2018-...-PI of CESAM Environmental Contaminants Assessment & Remediation Laboratory (LECAR)
2015 (July) - 2019 - Member of the Executive Comittee of the Doctoral School of the University of Aveiro (Functions in the interface, results and impact, particularly in the strategy for international partnerships and PhD in cotutelle)
2014 - 2019 (October)- Principal Researcher at CESAM (IF/00407/2013), University of Aveiro
2009 - 2014 - Associate Professor at Instituto Piaget (ISEIT) Viseu
2010 - 2014 - Post-Doc Researcher at CESAM/UA and Instituto Piaget; FCT Ref. SFRH/BPD/65410/2009
2000 - 2009 - Assistant Professor - Instituto Piaget (ISEIT) - Viseu
2005 - ..... - Lecturer certified by "Conselho Científico - Pedagógico da Formação Contínua" - reference CCPFC/RFO - 18060/04.
1999 - 2000 - Lecturer at Instituto Piaget de Viseu.


Domain of Specialisation
Environmental Analytical Chemistry

- 2001 - Prize of PhD studies in the area of urban environment



NanoPlanet - Nanoplastics toxicity assessment: from gene to personality See more

LED - Light pollution as an Endocrine Disruptor in urban aquatic ecosystems under pollution by antineoplastic drugs See more

BioPlasMar - Plastic removal and valorization of marine resources through new product development See more

SLEEP - Shedding light on freshwater ecosystems under environmental change and pollution See more

DepurD - Monitoring and decontamination systems for the sustainable exploitation of bivalve molluscs on the Portuguese coast See more

BETTER PLASTICS - Plastics in a circular economy See more

Investigation of microplastic influence on water resources See more

Monitoring of Emerging Compounds See more

MARSENSE - Electrochemical biosensor for monitoring organic contaminants in marine environment See more

MicroPlasTox - Microplastics in the marine environment: estimation and assessment of their ecotoxicological effects See more

MicroPlastox - Microplastics in the marine environment: estimation and ecotoxicological assessment See more

PRo-TECh-CLnA: Microbial production of bioactive conjugated linolenic acid isomers to obtain functional ingredients and foods See more

ORQUE SUDOE - Research Centre for Environmental Quality in Southwest Europe See more

ReaLISE – Derivation of Risk LImits for the Protection of Soil Ecossystem from emerging compounds See more

CARDIOSENSOR - Nanosensor for assessing the risk of a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Nanosensor See more

Removal of organic compounds and toxicity from olive oil mill wastewater using photocatalytic oxidation See more

Remediation Processes in uranium and other mining areas See more

CAPTAR-Science and Environment for All See more

Development of a new optical fiber biosensor for determination of catecholamines (CATSENSOR) See more

PROBIOCAPS - tailored microencaPsulation technology foR prOBIOtic baCteriA: Production, stability and functionality enhancementS in various carriers See more

VOCSENSOR - Development of a new Optical Fiber Chemical Sensor for in-situ monitoring of VOCs See more

DECORTOX - Decolourization of effluents from pulp and paper mills: removal of organic compounds and toxicity See more

SOLURB - Development of methodologies for the assessment of environmental quality in urban soils See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Renata Marisa Sampaio (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Balsa Gomes (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Joana Rita Patrício Rodrigues (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Joana Correia Prata (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Najet Belkamssa (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Khawla CHOUCHENE (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Verónica Inês Jesus Oliveira Nogueira (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Toni Pablo Souto Galindo (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Celine Justino de Almeida (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Lurdes Silva (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Katia Reis Duarte (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): João Pinto da Costa (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Celine Justino de Almeida (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Lurdes Silva (ex-CESAM member)

Publication of books (Editor)

 - Rocha-Santos T.A.P., Costa M., Moneyrac C. (accepted) Handbook of Microplastics in the Environment. Elsevier. 1st edition. Four sections. Predicted 1400 pages.
- Duarte A.C., Cachada A., Rocha-Santos T.A.P. (2017) Soil Pollution: From Monitoring to Remediation. Elsevier. 1st edition. ISBN 978-0-128-49873-6.
- Rocha-Santos T.A.P., Duarte A.C. (2017) Characterization and Analysis of Microplastics, Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry Series, volume 75. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-444-63898-4.
- Gomes A.R., Rocha-Santos T.A.P., Duarte A.C. (2016) Advances in Natural Products Discovery. Chemistry Research and Applications Series. NOVA Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53610-088-
- Rocha-Santos T.A.P., Duarte A.C. (2014) Analysis of Marine Samples in Search of Bioactive Compounds. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry Series, volume 45. Elsevier B.V. ISBN: 978-0-444-63359-0 
- Gomes de Castro A., Duarte A., Rocha-Santos T. (2003) Ambiente e Saúde. Instituto Piaget. Lisboa, ISBN 972-771-640-7.
- Prego R., Duarte A., Panteleitchouk A., Rocha-Santos T. (2002) Estudos sobre contaminação Ambiental na Península Ibérica. Instituto Piaget. Lisboa. ISBN 972-771-621-0.
- Duarte A., Rocha-Santos T., Panteleitchouk A., Prego R. (2002) Ecotoxicologia e remoção de poluentes. Estudos na Península Ibérica. Instituto Piaget. Lisboa. ISBN 972-771-620-2.

Editorial Board Member

2019-...- Associate Editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials.

2019-...- Member of the Advisory Board of Heliyon - Elsevier (

2018-…- Member of the Editorial Board of Science of the Total Environment - Elsevier (

2018-…- Member of the Editorial Board of Data in Brief - Elsevier (

2018-…- Guest Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry - Frontiers in Chemistry (

2018-…- Member of the Editorial Board of Sensors - MDPI ( )

2017-...- Member of the Editorial Board of Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health - Elsevier (

2017-...- Member of Section Board for Analytical Chemistry of Molecules - MDPI ( )

2015-...- Associate Editor of Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration - Springer (

Editor of Special Issues

2018/2019 - Environmental Monitoring (Bio)sensors - Molecules (MDPI)
2018 - From micro to nanoplastics: analytical methods and risks - Frontiers in Chemistry 
2018 - Micro(nano)plastics - Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health (Elsevier)
2018 - Plastic pollution -  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI) 
2018 - Marine Compounds Used in Biosorption - Marine Drugs (MDPI)
2018 - Environmental Monitoring Biosensors - Sensors (MDPI)
2018 - Biosensors for Environmental Applications - Biosensors (MDPI)

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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