Patrícia Santos
ChemREs – Chemical Composition of Rainwater in Estarreja: identification of major contaminants (organics and inorganics), source assessment and evaluation of implications for the environment and humans
The present project intends to contribute to the knowledge of chemical composition (organic and inorganic) of rainwater in the city of Estarreja, identifying the major pollutants in the area, including tracers of anthropogenic activities. Thus, two distinct sampling locals will be used to evaluate the sources of pollution: one in the industrial area (industrial); and another out of industrial area, and near an agricultural area (industrial background/agricultural).
The influence of seasonality (with sampling in two distinct periods: warm and cold seasons) and of air masses trajectories on the chemical composition of rainwater will be also assessed. Moreover, will be evaluated the implications of the presence of contaminants in rainwater to the environment and to the human beings, since rainwater is a way of availability of freshwater.
The project involves a multidisciplinary team, with researchers from the Departments of Chemistry and Geosciences at University of Aveiro, with wide experience in assessment of organic and inorganic contamination in environmental matrices, including in rainwater.
This project is in the scope of "the OHM International Estarreja, which aims at studying the multiple effects of the industrial activity on the man-environment relationship, taking into account the temporal dimension, marked by changes in industrial practices". Furthermore, the proposed project is within the scope of the priority areas,
"Area 2: Public Health", more specifically "Organic Contaminants: agricultural origin/ industrial origin". In addition to organic contaminants the present project will also study the inorganic contaminants from agricultural and industrial origins.
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • OHM Estarreja
Chimie, Santé publique


Patrícia Santos graduated in Industrial Chemistry at University of Coimbra in 2002, and completed the MSc in Instrumental Methods and Analytical Control at University of Aveiro (UA) in 2006. In 2006 Patrícia was awarded with a FCT scholarship to pursue her PhD in Chemistry at UA under the subject “Origin, seasonality and chemical characteristics of rainwater in Aveiro” and completed the PhD degree in January 2011. Since obtaining her PhD degree Patrícia was awarded with 2 FCT PostDoc grants and has worked on studying chemical characteristics of rainwater, oxidation reactions in atmospheric waters and removal of contaminants from rainwater, in Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) at UA. Since January 2019 Patrícia is Junior Researcher in CESAM at UA.
Patrícia has participated in various European projects, namely SAPPHIRE (2002-2005), and in 2015/2016 she was the principal investigator of a project funded by LabEx DRIIHM and CNRS, entitled ChemREs-Chemical Composition of Rainwater in Estarreja: identification of major contaminants, source assessment and evaluation of implications for the environment and humans, at UA.
Patrícia published 26 papers in international peer review journals (631 citations, h-index of 13),and has 21 poster communications and 5 oral communications in national/international meetings. She has been invited for peer review referee work in international journals (e.g. Chemosphere, Geophys Res Lett, Sci Total Environ).



Carla Alexandra de Figueiredo Patinha have a Degree in Geological Engineering by the University of Aveiro, M.Sc. degree in Geochemistry and a PhD in Earth Sciences by the same institution.

In June of 2005 began her activities at Geosciences Department of the University of Aveiro as Superior technician, assuming the management of geochemistry and hydrochemistry laboratories at the University of Aveiro. Her main areas of scientific activity are the research on new analytical methodologies, environmental geochemistry and health and urban geochemistry. Present research interests include research on human bioaccessibility, solid-phase distribution of potentially harmful elements to human health, and health risk assessment studies on ground-level /household dusts and water. She is member of the International Association of Medical Geology, member of the Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe (BARGE) and member of the OHM-Estarreja. She has been participating and coordinating several...