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Sónia Morais Rodrigues

Sónia Morais Rodrigues

Assistant Researcher


  • Researcher ID: A-5407-2012
  • ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3969-0972
  • Department: Department of Chemistry
  • Research Group: Environ. Processes & Pollutants
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=((Rodrigues S not Dias JM) OR (Rodrigues SM)) AND AD=(Aveiro not Dept Hlth Sci not Hosp Infante D Pedro) || Research ID: A-5407-2012


Research interests

- Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
- Soil chemistry
- Soil health
- Soil risk evaluation
- Feed and and food safety
- Environmental applications & implications of nanotechnology
- Co-valorization of wastes in the recovery of degraded soils
- Development of new materials for controlled release of fertilizers and plant protection products

Academic degrees

PhD in Environmental Applied Sciences (Universidade de Aveiro, 2010)
MSc in Environmental Management and Policies (Universidade de Aveiro, 2005)
Five-years Degree in Environmental Engineering (Universidade de Aveiro, 2001)

Scientific activities

- Coordinator of CESAM Research Group Environ. Processes and Pollutants (EPP) (2018 - to present)
- Co-PI of CESAM Research Line Environmental Biology & Health (EBH) (2017-2018)
- Member of the Council of the Department of Chemistry (2014- 2018)

Current and Previous Positions:
04/2019 - ... Auxiliary Researcher - CESAM (CESAM - UID/AMB/50017/2019) & Dep. Chemistry (UA)
01/2019 – 03/2019 - Invited Scientist - CESAM (UA)
01/2014 – 12/2018 - Assistant Researcher (IF/01637/2013, FCT Investigator Programme), at CESAM & Dep. Chemistry (UA)
10/2015 (Oct) - 04/2016 (April): Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA
01/2011 – 12/2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Grant Awarded by FCT (SFRH/BPD/71072/2010), at CESAM & Department of Chemistry (UA) and Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands)
01/2007 – 12/2010: PhD Student - Grant Awarded by FCT (SFRH/BD/30118/2006), at CESAM & Department of Chemistry (UA) and Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands)

Others

Competitive Grants:
- 01/2014 – 12/2018: “Investigador Auxiliar” (UA), “Starting Grant” (IF/01637/2013) by the Portuguese FCT IF Programme under the topic: “Pathways, transformations and availability of engineered nanoparticles in terrestrial feed and food chains”
-10/2015 - 04/2016: Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, USA under the topic: “Transformations and bioavailability of engineered nanoparticles in soils and terrestrial food chains”
- 01/2011-12/2013: Post-Doc Grant (SFRH/BPD/71072/2010) (Department of Chemistry & CESAM, UA and Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands). Her Post-Doc grant was funded by FCT under the topic: “Development of soil guidelines in view of food safety and human health protection in Portugal and in the European Union.”
- 01/2007-12/2010: PhD FCT Grant (SFRH/BD/30118/2006). PhD thesis entitled: “Contaminated Soil Exposure Assessment in Portugal and in the European Union”.

Publications

Projects

AgriTarget - Development and testing of multifunctional carriers based on micro- and nano-scale engineering for targeted, controlled, and safe delivery of agrochemicals to crops See more

Study of Degraded Areas Recovery with Nanostructured Particles See more

LIFE NoWaste - Management Of Biomass Ash And Organic Waste In The Recovery Of Degraded Soils: A Pilot Project Set In Portugal See more

NanoFertil - Effect of soil (in)organic constituents on the efficacy, fate and phytoavailability of fertilizer and plant protection manufactured nanomaterials See more

NanoFARM- Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials See more

TrophicENPs - Bioavailability and trophic transfer of metal-based engineered nanoparticles in terrestrial foodchains See more

Avaliação do Impacte Ambiental das lixiviações originadas pelos incêndios florestais See more

Food Chain - Improvement of soil-crop models of PTEs to assess impacts of soil contamination in agricultural areas and food chain risks to human See more

SEPMERCURY - Sequential extraction methods for assessing the origin, mobility and toxicity of mercury from contaminated solid See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Nuno Miguel Cerqueira Cruz (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Tiago José Tavares Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Cindy Carvalho (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Nuno Miguel Cerqueira Cruz (not a CESAM member)

Project Grant (Main Supervisor): Sónia Pereira Lopes (ex-CESAM member)

3rd-year Project (Main Supervisor): João Vidal (not a CESAM member)

1st cycle Project (Main Supervisor): Marta Raquel da Costa Dias (not a CESAM member)

1st cycle Project (Main Supervisor): Tiago José Tavares Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

1st cycle Project (Main Supervisor): Fabiana Andreia Pereira Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

Project Grant (Main Supervisor): Sandra Rodrigues (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Natércia da Conceição Tomé Martins (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Flávio Castro Silva (CESAM member)

Coordination of Projects

2018-2021: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029258 AgriTarget - Development and testing of multifunctional carriers based on micro- and nano-scale engineering for targeted, controlled, and safe delivery of agrochemicals to crops. Coordinator: Sónia M. Rodrigues. Team: Researchers from CESAM & CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro. 


2016-2019: LIFE14 ENV/PT/000369: NoWaste - Management Of Biomass Ash And Organic Waste In The Recovery Of Degraded Soils: A Pilot Project Set In Portugal. Coordinator: Sónia M. Rodrigues. CESAM/ Dept. of Chemistry, Universidade de Aveiro. Partners: the Navigator Company; RAIZ; BLC3; EDM, IPBeja.

2016-2019: PTDC/AGR-PRO/6262/2014: NanoFertil - Effect of soil (in)organic constituents on the efficacy, fate and phytoavailability of fertilizer and plant protection manufactured nano materials. Coordinator: Sónia M. Rodrigues.Researchers from CESAM & CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro. Partners: IPBeja.


2014-2018: Pathways, transformations and availability of engineered nanoparticles in terrestrial feed and food chains. FCT Project IF/01637/2013 CESAM/ Dept. of Chemistry, Universidade de Aveiro. (Principal Investigator)

Prizes

2011:


AWARD FOR BEST CONTRIBUTION (ORAL COMMUNICATION - Presenter)


At conference "Protection of agricultural soils against joint stress of natural and anthropogenic factors". 13th - 16th June 2011, Puławy, Poland, with the following communication: Impact of soil contamination on feed and food supply chains: field data and model application


AWARD FOR BEST CONTRIBUTION (POSTER - Co-author)


At conference "Protection of agricultural soils against joint stress of natural and anthropogenic factors". 13th - 16th June 2011, Puławy, Poland, with the following Poster: Agricultural practices within urban and industrial settings in portugal: levels of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in soils and crops


2009:


THE BEST STUDENT POSTER (Presenter)


At Conference GoldschmidtTM2009 - "Challenges to Our Volatile Planet", June 21 - 26 in Davos, Switzerland. The Applied Mineralogy Group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland has awarded a prize for the best student presentations in session 15i Geogenic Chemicals in Groundwaters and Soils: Biogeochemistry, Hazard Mapping/risk Assessment, Remediation Technologies.

Research interests

Main research area: Soil Chemistry


The two areas of scientific activity are:

1)Environmental and Analytical Chemistry:
- Testing and validation of analytical procedures for soil and pore water analysis;
- Development of fundamental knowledge on soil chemical processes;
- Development and validation of methodologies for assessment of reactivity and availability of metals and metalllic nanoparticles in soils;
- Speciation of metals in soils and pore water;
- Geochemical characterization of polluted urban soils;
- Soil extraction and analyses of metals and metallic nanoparticles in soil, sediments, water and plants;
- Soil-to-plant transfer of metals and metallic nanoparticles;
- Fate and effects of agriculturally relevant materials.

2)Environmental engineering and environmental policies:
- Nano-enabled fertilizers/ pesticides and controlled release of nutrients in soils;
- Development of models for assessment of reactivity, availability and soil-to-plant transfer of metals and metallic nanoparticles;
- Development of methodologies for the development of soil quality criteria towards plant quality, feed and food safety, animal and human health protection;
- Sustainable management of urban and agricultural soils;
- Development of a contaminated land management and human exposure assessment strategies for Portugal;
- Perspectives for harmonization of soil protection policies in the European Union;
- Recovery of degraded soils;
- Recycling of biomass ash materials to soil;
- Co-valorization of biomass ash and biological sludge.

Training

Partipant in the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Uncertainties in Environmental Modelling and Consequences for Policy Making. Vrsar, Croatia, 30 September - 11 October 2007


Training Course on Analytical Quality Control and method validation in support of the Water Framework Directive-TAQC-WFD (supported by the TAQC-WFD Project MSCF-CT-2005-029922), Malta, September 2006


CESAM Funding: