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Nuno Canha

Nuno Canha

Bolseiro de Pós-Doutoramento

Interesses de investigação

Atmospheric Pollution
Indoor Air Quality
Biomonitoring with Lichens
INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis)

Graus académicos

2014 – PhD in Environmental Sciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
2008 – Master in Chemistry, Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2005 – Degree in Chemistry, Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Atividades científicas

Since 2015 until the present –Post-Doctoral researcher (Grant FCT SFRH/BPD/102944/2014), CESAM/UA and C2TN/IST/UL, Portugal.
2011-2014 – PhD Student (Grant FCT SFRH/BD/72272/2010), C2TN/IST/UL, Sacavém, Portugal.
2009-2010 – Project Assistant, C2TN/IST (former ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.


[5] Outstanding reviewer 2016 for Building and Environment (top 10th percentile of reviewers for the Journal). Elsevier, October 2016.
[4] Sentinels of Science Award 2016 – Environmental Sciences (Top 10% of reviewers in the field) – Rank # 128. Publons, September 2016.
[3] 2nd Best Poster of the international conference BIOMAP 7 - 7th International Workshop on Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution (Lisboa, Portugal, June 2015).
[2] ESCMID Scholarship to participate on the international conference TEMPH2014 - Trends in Environmental Microbiology for Public Health (Lisboa, Portugal, September 2015).
[1] Young Scientist and Student Competitive Travel Award by TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, on the international conference MTAA-13 - Modern Trends in Activation Analysis 13 (Texas, USA, March 2011).



Orientações científicas

Publicações antes da integração no CESAM

[37] D. Campagnolo, D. Saraga, A. Cattaneo, C. Mandin, R. Mabilia, E. Perreca, I. Sakellaris, N. Canha; V.G. Mihucz, T. Szigeti, G. Ventura, J. Madureira, E.O. Fernandes, Y. Kluizenaar, E. Cornelissen, O. Hänninen, P. Carrer, P. Wolkoff, D.M. Cavallo, J.G. Bartzis (2017) VOCs and aldehydes source identification in European office buildings - The OFFICAIR study. Building and Environment 115, 18-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.009

[36] C. Mandin, M. Trantallidi, A. Cattaneo, N. Canha, V.G. Mihucz, T. Szigeti, R. Mabilia, E. Perreca, A. Spinazzè, S. Fossati, Y. Kluizenaar, E. Cornelissen, I. Sakellaris, D. Saraga, O. Hänninen, E.O. Fernandes, G. Ventura, P. Wolkoff, P. Carrer, J. Bartzis (2017) Assessment of indoor air quality in office buildings across Europe - The OFFICAIR study. Science of the Total Environment 579, 169-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.238

[35] N. Canha, C. Mandin, O. Ramalho, G. Wyart, J. Ribéron, C. Dassonville, O. Hänninen, S.M. Almeida, M. Derbez, 2016. Assessment of ventilation and indoor air pollutants in nursery and elementary schools in France. Indoor Air 26(3), 350-365. DOI: 10.1111/ina.12222

[34] N. Canha, S.M. Almeida, M.C. Freitas, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2015. Assessment of bioaerosols in urban and rural primary schools using passive and active sampling methodologies. Archives of Environmental Protection 41(4), 11-22. DOI: 10.1515/aep-2015-0034

 [33] N. Canha, C. Mandin, O. Ramalho, G. Wyart, J. Ribéron, C. Dassonville, M. Derbez, 2015. Exposure Assessment of Allergens and Metals in Settled Dust in French Nursery and Elementary Schools. Atmosphere 2015, 6(11), 1676-1694. DOI: 10.3390/atmos6111676

[32] N. Canha, S.M. Almeida, M.C. Freitas, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2014. Indoor and Outdoor Biomonitoring using Lichens at Urban and Rural Primary Schools. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 77:14-16, 900-915. DOI: 10.1080/15287394.2014.911130

[31] N. Canha, S.M. Almeida, M.C. Freitas, H.T. Wolterbeek, J. Cardoso, C.A. Pio, A. Caseiro, 2014. Impact of wood burning on indoor PM2.5 in a primary school in rural Portugal. Atmospheric Environment 94, 663-670. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.05.080

[30] S.M. Almeida, M. Almeida-Silva, C. Galinha, C.A. Ramos, J. Lage, N. Canha, A.V. Silva, P. Bode, 2014. Assessment of the Portuguese k0-INAA laboratory performance by evaluating internal quality control data. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 300(2), 581-587. Doi: 10.1007/s10967-014-2987-3

[29] N. Canha, S.M. Almeida, M.C. Freitas, M. Trancoso, A. Sousa, F. Mouro, H.Th. Wolterbeek, 2014. Particulate matter analysis in indoor environments of urban and rural primary schools using passive sampling methodology. Atmospheric Environment 83, 21-34. Doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.10.061

[28] N. Canha, S. M. Almeida, M. C. Freitas, M. Täubel, O. Hänninen, 2013. Winter ventilation rates at primary schools: comparison between Portugal and Finland. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 76 (6): 400 – 408. Doi: 10.1080/15287394.2013.765372

[27] H.M. Anawar, N. Canha, I. Santa-Regina, M. C. Freitas, 2013. Adaptation, tolerance, and evolution of plant species in a pyrite mine in response to contamination level and properties of mine tailings: sustainable rehabilitation. Journal of Soils and Sediments 13:730–741. Doi: 10.1007/s11368-012-0641-7

[26] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, A.M.G. Pacheco, 2013. Response of air-pollution biomonitors under three different meteorological conditions. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 295(1):489-496. Doi: 10.1007/s10967-012-1918-4

[25] N. Canha, M.Martinho, M.Almeida-Silva, M.C. Freitas, S.M. Almeida, P. Pegas, C. Alves, C. Pio, M. Trancoso, R. Sousa, F. Mouro, T. Contreiras, 2012. Indoor air quality in primary schools. International Journal of Environment and Pollution 50 (1/2/3/4): 396 – 410. Doi: 10.1504/IJEP.2012.051210

[24] S.M. Almeida, J. Lage, M.C. Freitas, A.I. Pedro, T. Ribeiro, A.V. Silva, N. Canha, M. Almeida-Silva, T. Sitoe, I. Dionisio, S. Garcia, G. Domingues, J.P. Faria, B.G. Fernández, D. Ciaparra, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2012. Integration of Biomonitoring and Instrumental Techniques to Assess the air Quality in An Industrial Area Located in the Coastal of Central Asturias, Spain. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues, 75(22-23): 1392-1403. Doi: 10.1080/15287394.2012.721173

[23] O. Hänninen, N. Canha, I. Dume, A. Deliu, E. Mata, A. Egorov, 2012. Evaluation of Ventilation Rates in a Sample of Albanian schools using CO2 Measurements - A Pilot WHO Survey. Epidemiology 23(5S): S662. Doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000417220.43860.b6

[22] A.M.J. Cruz, M.C. Freitas, N. Canha, T. Verburg, S.M. Almeida, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2012. Spatial mapping of the city of Lisbon using Biomonitors. International Journal of Environment and Health 6(1): 1 – 17. Doi: 10.1504/IJENVH.2012.046852

[21] N. Canha, P. Felizardo, J.C. Menezes, M.J.N. Correia, 2012. Multivariate near infrared spectroscopy models for predicting the oxidative stability of biodiesel: Effect of antioxidants addition. Fuel 97: 352-357. Doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2012.02.017

[20] M. Trancoso, A. Sousa, F. Mouro, M.C. Freitas, S. Almeida, N. Canha, 2012. Indoor air quality: validation and setting up quality control for determination of anions and cations in particulate matter. Accred Qual Assur 17(2): 199-206. Doi: 10.1007/s00769-011-0864-0

[19] H.M. Anawar, M.C. Freitas, N. Canha, I. Dionísio, H.M. Dung, C. Galinha, A.M.G. Pacheco, 2012. Assessment of bioaccumulation of REEs by plant species in a mining area by INAA. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 194(3): 377-381. Doi: 10.1007/s10967-012-1669-2

[18] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, M. Almeida-Silva, S.M. Almeida, H.M. Dung, I. Dionísio, J. Cardoso, C.A. Pio, A. Caseiro, T.G. Verburg, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2012. Burn Wood influence on outdoor air quality in a small village: Foros de Arrão, Portugal.  J Radioanal Nucl Chem 291(1): 83-88. Doi: 10.1007/s10967-011-1261-1

[17] N. Canha, M. Almeida-Silva, M.C. Freitas, S.M. Almeida, H.T. Wolterbeek, 2012. Lichens as biomonitors at indoor environments of primary schools.  J Radioanal Nucl Chem 291(1): 123-128. Doi:10.1007/s10967-011-1259-8

[16] N. Canha, M. Almeida, M.C. Freitas, S.M. Almeida, 2011. Seasonal Variation of Total Particulate Matter and Children Respiratory Diseases at Lisbon Basic Schools using Passive Methods. Procedia Environmental Sciences 4: 170-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2011.03.021

[15] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, I. Dionisio, A.M.G. Pacheco, H.M. Anawar (2011) Elemental characterization of superficial waters contaminated by an abandoned sulfide-mining area, through neutron activation analysis. Proc. Radiochim. Acta 1: 377–381. DOI: 10.1524/rcpr.2011.0067

[14] M. Almeida-Silva, N. Canha, C. Galinha, H.M. Dung, M.C. Freitas, T. Sitoe (2011) Trace elements in wild and orchard honeys. Applied Radiation and Isotopes 69 (11): 1592-1595. DOI:10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.01.013

[13] M. Almeida-Silva, N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, H.M Dung, I. Dionísio (2011) Air pollution at an urban traffic tunnel in Lisbon, Portugal – an INAA study. Applied Radiation and Isotopes 69 (11):  1586-1591. DOI:10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.01.014

[12] H.M. Anawar, M.C. Freitas, N. Canha (2011) Evaluation of atmospheric dispersion of contaminated mining particulates by biomonitors. Int. J. Environ. Health. 5 (1/2): 84 – 92. DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2011.039858

­[11] H.M. Anawar, N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, I.S. Regina, A. Garcia-Sanchez (2011) Effects of different drying processes on the concentrations of metals and metalloids in plant materials. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 289: 29-34. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-011-1051-9.

[10] H.M. Anawar, M.C. Freitas, N. Canha, I.S. Regina (2011) Arsenic, antimony and other trace element contamination in a mine tailings affected area and uptake by tolerant plant species. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 33 (4): 353-362. DOI: 10.1007/s10653-011-9378-2

[9] A.M.J. Cruz, M.C. Freitas, T.G. Verburg, N. Canha, H.Th. Wolterbeek (2011) Response of exposed bark and exposed lichen to an urban area. Proc. Radiochim. Acta 1: 363–369. DOI: 10.1524/rcpr.2011.0064

[8] S.M. Almeida, N. Canha, Ana Silva, M.C. Freitas, P. Pegas, C. Alves, M. Evtyugina, C.A. Pio (2011) Children Exposure to Atmospheric Particles in Indoor of Lisbon Primary Schools.  Atmospheric Environment 45(40): 7594-7599.  doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.11.052

[7] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, S.M. Almeida, A.M.G. Pacheco (2010) Element-enrichment factors in Parmotrema bangii and Cryptomeria japonica of Portuguese islands of the central North Atlantic. Int. J. Environment and Health  4(2/3):120 -136. DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2010.033703

[6] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, S.M. Almeida, M. Almeida, M. Ribeiro, C. Galinha, H.Th. Wolterbeek (2010) Indoor school environment: easy and low cost to assess inorganic pollutants. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 286 (2): 495-500. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-010-0781-4

[5] N. Canha, M.C. Freitas, H.M. Anawar, I. Dionísio, H.M. Dung, C. Pinto-Gomes, A. Bettencourt (2010) Characterization and phytoremediation of abandoned contaminated mining area in Portugal by INAA. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 286 (2): 577-582. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-010-0780-5

[4] H.M. Dung, M.C. Freitas, M. Blaauw, S.M. Almeida, I. Dionisio, N.H. Canha (2010) Quality control and performance evaluation of k0-based neutron activation analysis at the Portuguese research reactor. Nucl.Instr.and Meth.A 622: 392-398.  DOI:10.1016/j.nima.2010.04.003

[3] S. Landsberger, S. Robinson, M.C. Freitas, N. Canha, A.M.G. Pacheco, H.M. Anawar (2010) Characterisation of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, copper and tin occurrences at an abandoned sulphide-mining area.  Int. J. Environment and Health  4(2/3): 166 – 180. DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2010.033706

[2] H.M. Anawar, N. Canha, M.C. Freitas (2010) Soils of Sao Domingos Mine: REE Chemical Characterization. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 286 (2): 565-568. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-010-0776-1

[1] M.C. Freitas, A.M.G. Pacheco, H.M. Anawar, N. Canha, I. Dionisio, A. Bettencourt, F. Henriques, C.J. Pinto-Gomes, S. Capelo (2009) Determination of phytoextraction potential of plant species for toxic elements in soils of abandoned sulphide-mining areas. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 282: 21–27. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-009-0222-4

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Tópicos de Investigação

  • Ambiente

  • Poluição atmosférica

  • Qualidade do ar interior

  • Biomonitorização com líquenes

  • Avaliação de fontes de poluição

  • Análise instrumental por Activação Neutrónica


[2] N. Canha, 2014. Characterization of ventilation, indoor aerosol and pollution sources of primary schools. Tese de Doutoramento. Uitgeverij BOXPress, The Netherlands, 155 pages, ISBN 978-94-6295-050-4. Doi: 10.13140/2.1.3008.2888

[1] N. Canha (2008). Determinação da Estabilidade Oxidativa do Biodiesel e a sua Relação com as Condições Operatórias de Produção. Tese de Mestrado. Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2547.0883

Graus Académicos

2014 - Doutoramento em Ciências Ambientais, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Holanda.

2008 - Mestrado em Química, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

2008 - Licenciatura em Química, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

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