Ariana Pintor graduated with a Masters in Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2010. She joined LSRE-LCM for her Masters thesis in 2010 and afterwards worked as a project researcher in 2010 and as a PhD student from 2010 to 2014. She graduated with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from FEUP in December 2014 defending the thesis “Use of cork byproducts as sorbents for oil and grease removal from industrial wastewaters”. During 2015 and up to early 2016 she continued her research on cork granulates applications in environmental remediation and water and wastewater treatment. She has collaborated in the supervision of 3 Masters students in this research area between 2014 and 2016. Between 2016 and 2017 she took an internship as a trainee wind analyst at an environmental energy consultancy, MEGAJOULE S.A.. In March 2017 she returned to LSRE-LCM to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in the topic “Cork granulates: Natural and innovative sorbents for micropollutants removal”.

Supervisors: Cidália Botelho, Arminda Alves (LEPABE, FEUP)


Sorption and adsorption as wastewater treatment technology
Application of natural and waste sorbents as low-cost alternatives for sorption treatments
Use of cork granules as sorbents and adsorbents


B.R.C. Vieira, A.M.A. Pintor, R.A.R. Boaventura, C.M.S. Botelho, S.C.R. Santos. Arsenic removal from water using iron-coated seaweeds. Journal of Environmental Management, 192, 224-233, 2017 R.S. Souza, P.S.S. Porto, A.M.A. Pintor, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. New insights on the removal of mineral oil from oil-in-water emulsions using cork by-products: Effect of salt and surfactants content. Chemical Engineering Journal, 285, 709-717, 2016 A.M.A. Pintor, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura. Oil and grease removal from wastewaters: Sorption treatment as an alternative to state-of-the-art technologies. A critical review. Chemical Engineering Journal, 297, 229-255, 2016 A.M.A. Pintor, R.S. Souza, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura. The role of emulsion properties and stability in vegetable oil uptake by regranulated cork sorbents. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 90, 1601-1610, 2015 A.M.A. Pintor, A.G. Martins, R.S. Souza, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura. Treatment of vegetable oil refinery wastewater by sorption of oil and grease onto regranulated cork - A study in batch and continuous mode. Chemical Engineering Journal, 268, 92-101, 2015 A.M.A. Pintor, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura. Optimization of a primary gravity separation treatment for vegetable oil refinery wastewaters. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 16, 1725-1734, 2014 A.M.A. Pintor, A.M. Silvestre-Albero, C.I.A. Ferreira, J.P.C. Pereira, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, F. Rodríguez-Reinoso, R.A.R. Boaventura. Textural and surface characterization of cork-based sorbents for the removal of oil from water. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52, 16427-16435, 2013 A.M.A. Pintor, C.I.A. Ferreira, J.C. Pereira, P. Correia, S.P. Silva, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura. Use of cork powder and granules for the adsorption of pollutants: A review. Water Research, 46, 3152-3166, 2012 V.J.P. Vilar, L.X. Pinho, A.M.A. Pintor, R.A.R. Boaventura. Treatment of textile wastewaters by solar-driven advanced oxidation processes. Solar Energy, 85, 1927-1934, 2011 A.M.A. Pintor, V.J.P. Vilar, R.A.R. Boaventura. Decontamination of cork wastewaters by solar-photo-Fenton process using cork bleaching wastewater as H2O2 source. Solar Energy, 85, 579-587, 2011


HIDROCORK - Use of Cork Wastes and By-Products for the Elimination of Oils and Fats from Waters. Reference: SI IDT - 13493/2010. Funded by: Agência de Inovação, S.A., SI IDT - Sistema de Incentivos de I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2010/09/01. Duration: 27 months.
Ariana Pintor
Postdoctoral Researcher