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Vânia Maria Amaro Calisto

Vânia Maria Amaro Calisto

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Department: Chemistry
  • Research Group: Environ. Processes & Pollutants
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=(Calisto V) AND AD=(aveiro)
  • Title: Removal of psychiatric pharmaceuticals from water using biowaste-based adsorbents Supervisor: Professor Valdemar Esteves and Doutora Marta Otero Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/78645/2011 Start date: 2012-01-01 End date: 2019-11-15

Current status

Post-doctoral felowship

Funding entity: FCT
Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/78645/2011
Start date: 2012-01-01
End date: 2019-11-15


Academic degrees

Degree: PhD in Chemistry, 2011
Institution: University of Aveiro, Portugal
Scientific domain: Chemistry (Environmental Analytical Chemistry)

Degree: Degree in Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, 2007
Institution: University of Aveiro, Portugal
Scientific domain: Chemistry, Biochemistry


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Grant for the participation in "Sustainable Waste Management. Enhancing the use of Secondary Raw Materials", 1-2 December 2016, Budapest, given by Climate-KIC.

Honored in the book "Mulheres na Ciência" - an initiative of "Ciência Viva", 2016 -

Honor Medal for Women In Science (2014 edition), L'Oreal, UNESCO and FCT - http://www.lorealmulheresnacie.....o_2014.htm;

Best Biochemistry and Food Chemistry Graduate 2007, University of Aveiro and Caixa Geral Depósitos, 2007

Bolsa de Estudos para Melhores Caloiros da Universidade de Aveiro, University of Aveiro, 2003

Researh Interests

Keywords: Environment; pharmaceuticals; adsorption; remediation; waste valorization; circular economy; paper mill sludge; immunoassays (ELISA); capillary electrophoresis; photodegradation.

Development of remediation strategies to remove pharmaceuticals from contaminated waters by using alternative adsorbents;
- Waste valorization: use of industrial residues as new raw materials;

- Occurrence of psychiatric pharmaceuticals in the environment (ground, surface and wastewaters);
- Persistence and fate of pharmaceuticals in the environment: photodegradation, adsorption, etc;
- Application of Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) to quantify pharmaceuticals in environmental samples;


Other activities

Pivot of the organizing committee of the exhibitor "Tecnologias Alternativas para o Tratamento de Águas" - Mar & Ria, TechDays, 15 - 17 September 2016, Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Aveiro -

Member of the organizing committee of "Analytical Chemistry Symposium", Editions 2012 e 2015, University of Aveiro

Co-president of the Young Chemists Group (GQJ) of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) - 2010/2012 -

Portuguese Delegate of the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN - EuCheMS) - 2010/2012 -

Member of the organizing committee of the 7th Delegates Assembly of EYCN - Aveiro 6-9 May 2012 -

Member of the organizing committee of the 2nd Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting - 2PYCheM, 21-23 April 2010, University of Aveiro -


Teaching Experience

Physical Chemistry Elements - 1st Semester 2008/09 and 2009/10
General Chemistry - 2nd Semester 2008/2009

Scientific Supervision

In progress (2)
Research Fellow (Main Supervisor): Carla Patrícia Silva (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Guilaine Jaria (CESAM member)

Concluded (13)
Master (Main Supervisor): Gonçalo Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sandra Raquel Dias (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Telma Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ângela Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Guilaine Jaira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Nadine Alves (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): José Manuel Pereira (not a CESAM member)

Undergraduate project (Main Supervisor): Cátia Bastos (not a CESAM member)

Project (Main Supervisor): Beatriz Damasceno (not a CESAM member)

Project (Main Supervisor): Roberto Piciotti (not a CESAM member)

Project (Co-supervisor): Joana Correia (not a CESAM member)

Project (Co-supervisor): José Diogo Cruz (not a CESAM member)

Project (Co-supervisor): Patricia Oliveira (not a CESAM member)


In progress (4)
BISPECIAI - BIvalves under Polluted Environment and ClImate chAnge See more

WasteMAC - Industrial wastes as new resources for micro-wave assisted production of magnetic activated carbons – application in the removal of pharmaceuticals from water See more

RemAqua - Photosensitized degradation as a remediation process for the removal of pharmaceuticals from aquaculture effluents See more

RemPharm - Production and application of alternative adsorbents for the removal of pharmaceuticals from urban and industrial effluents See more

Concluded (1)
Supramolecular structure of humic substances as the stationary phase in open tubular capillary electrochromatography – application to the study of the sorption of xenobiotics. See more


WoS Papers (42)
Other Papers (0)
Books (0)
Book Chapter (0)
Thesis (4)
Communications (58)
Other Publications (0)

CESAM Funding: