Vítor J.P. Vilar graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2001. He received the Engenheiro Cristiano P. Spratley award and the best student prize in chemical engineering from Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida. Vítor J.P. Vilar completed the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at FEUP in 2006, in the area of Environmental Technologies, with a scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Meanwhile, he completed a post-graduation in Environmental Management in 2004 from Superior Institute of Paços de Brandão, Portugal. Between May 2006 to August 2007, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at FEUP in the area of environmental monitoring and assessment of surface water quality. He pursued is work as postdoctoral researcher, between September 2007 and June 2009, in the area of solar driven advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), at FEUP and Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), with a scholarship from FCT. From July 2009 to December 2013 he worked as Assistant Researcher in Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering–Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM), Chemical Engineering Department, FEUP, under Ciência 2008 programme. Since December 2014 he is working as Principal Researcher in LSRE-LCM, under Investigator FCT 2013 programme. Between 2014 and 2016 he was also “Special Visiting Researcher” in the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, supported by the Ciência Sem Fronteiras Program. He has been teaching at FEUP since 2010 in several course units of the integrated master in chemical engineering and environmental engineering. Vítor J.P. Vilar is currently one of the editors of Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer) in the area of AOPs and president of the Iberoamerican Congress of Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA). He is the author and co-author of more than 300 scientific publications, including 2 conference books, 7 book chapters, 3 editorials, 145 papers in international scientific periodicals with peer review (h index = 27), 8 papers in national scientific periodicals, more than 160 communications in conference proceedings and co-inventor of 1 patent, receiving a total of 8 prizes. He has been involved in 5 international, 10 national R&D projects and 3 contracts with private companies related to the development of environmental friendly technologies for pollution control. He was also involved in the organization of 3 international scientific conferences and other events/videos for promotion of science and technology.


Environmental assessment and monitoring of surface waters
Environmental friendly technologies for pollution control
- Advanced oxidation processes
- Sorption/biosorption
- Biological degradation
- Process integration & intensification
- Water/waste reuse, recycling & valorization


I.M.A. Saraiva, M.A.F. Fonseca, V.J.P. Vilar, T.F.C.V. Silva, R.A.R. Boaventura, Method of treating leachate, phototreatment reactors and respective use. EU Patent 2784031, March 2014.


B.M.C. Filho, A.L.P. Araujo, G.V. Silva, R.A.R. Boaventura, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, V.J.P. Vilar. Intensification of heterogeneous TiO2 photocatalysis using an innovative micro-meso-structured-photoreactor for n-decane oxidation at gas phase. Chemical Engineering Journal, 310, 331-341, 2017 T.F.C.V. Silva, P.A. Soares, D.R. Manenti, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. An innovative multistage treatment system for sanitary landfill leachate depuration: Studies at pilot-scale. Science of the Total Environment, 576, 99-117, 2017 R.S. Souza, P.S.S. Porto, A.M.A. Pintor, G. Ruphuy, M.F. Costa, 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 L.P. Mazur, T.A. Pozdniakova, D. Mayer, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Design of a fixed-bed ion-exchange process for the treatment of rinse waters generated in the galvanization process using Laminaria hyperborea as natural cation exchanger. Water Research, 90, 354-368, 2016 F.C. Moreira, J. Soler, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Incorporation of electrochemical advanced oxidation processes in a multistage treatment system for sanitary landfill leachate. Water Research, 81, 375-387, 2015 A. Fonseca, C. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Integrated hydrological and water quality model for river management: A case study on Lena river. Science of the Total Environment, 485-486, 474-489, 2014 I.M. Dittert, H. de Lima Brandão, F. Pina, E.A.B. da Silva, S.M.A.G.U. De Souza, A.A.U. de Souza, C.M.S. Botelho, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Integrated reduction/oxidation reactions and sorption processes for Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solutions using Laminaria digitata macro-algae. Chemical Engineering Journal, 237, 443-454, 2014


AdvancedLFT - Technology for the Treatment of Leachates from Landfill Leachates through Integration of Biological Oxidation and Photo-Chemical Oxidation Processes, combining Natural and Artificial Radiation. Reference: SI IDT - 33960/2012 F2. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2013/06/30. Duration: 24 months. Role: Coordinator ALGAEVALUE - Adding value to marine macro-algae through its use in separation and recovery of toxic metal ions from water. Reference: PTDC/AAG-TEC/2685/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Project. Starting Date: 2013/04/30. Duration: 24 months. Role: Coordinator 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. Role: Researcher AIRPHOTOXI - Solar Indoor Air Detoxification: Bioaerosols and VOCs. Reference: PTDC/EQU-EQU/100554/2009. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Project. Starting Date: 2010/04/30. Duration: 42 months. Role: Coordinator NATURA MIÑO-MINHO - Valorization of the Natural Resources of the Minho/Miño Drainage Basin. Reference: 0234_NATURA_MIÑO_MINHO_1_E. Funded by: Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal Starting Date: 2009/01/01. Duration: 30 months. Role: Researcher
Vítor Vilar
Investigador Principal