19 Dec 2014, International Workshop on Nanoparticles for Soil Remediation: from green synthesis to ecotoxicological effects, ESAC


The final workshop of the NanoDC project was held on the 19th of December 2014, at Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra.

The participants had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and perspectives on the use of nanoparticles for soil remediation, from the synthesis of nanoparticles to the degradation mechanisms of persistent organic pollutants and enhancement of biological removal of pollutants. Relevant ecotoxicological effects of introducing nanoparticles in soils were also addressed, and a pilot-scale remedial action of a contaminated site using nanoparticles was presented.

The sessions were chaired by team members Licínio Gando-Ferreira (University of Coimbra) and Gustav Loch (University of Utrecht). more

4-5 Dez 2014 Participation at the International Workshop “Nanotechnology applied to Environmental Geotechnics”

Project coordinator Célia Ferreira was invited speaker at the International Workshop “Nanotechnology applied to Environmental Geotechnics” with the topic  ”Zero-valent iron nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and applications”, which took place at the University of Minho, on the 4-5 December 2014 (http://www.ceb.uminho.pt/Events/Details/40)

This workshop was organised by the University of Minho and by the Portuguese Environmental Geotechnics Commission (Portuguese Geotechnical Society), and intended to promote the research and innovation opportunities in Environmental Geotechnics, the state-of-the-art in this area and the integration of the developments in nanotechnology in Geotechnics, applied to solve environmental problems.

Team member Helena Gomes at University of Malaga

From January to March 2014 Helena Gomes was a visiting PhD student at the University of Malaga (Spain), in the research group of Professor José Miguel Rodríguez-Maroto. During her stay Helena aimed at organising all of the experimental data obtained so far and to develop and validate a numerical model on the transport of nanoparticles.

University of Malaga, Spain

Best Poster Award

Team member Emilio Rosales Villanueva has been awarded 1st prize Best Poster at the EREM 2012 – The 11th International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation, pp. 66-68, July 8-11 Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, with the work:

Emilio Rosales, Bruno Guimaraes, J.P. Gustav Loch, Celia Dias-Ferreira. Development of a Cell Adapted to Measure Electro-Osmotic Flow Associated with the Movement of nZVI.