Ana Rita Ribeiro graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2004 and joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Instituto Universitário de Ciências da Saúde (IUCS) as Teaching Assistant (2004-2013). In 2005 she started her post-graduate studies in the College of Biotechnology of Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), where she obtained her Master degree (2008) in Environmental Health and her Ph.D. degree (2014) in Biotechnology, specialization in Environmental Science and Engineering, in the area of Environmental Analytical Chemistry. After obtaining the Ph.D. degree, she was selected as Post-doctoral granted researcher at Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM), Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, under the project NEPCAT (April 2014 – March 2015), supervised by Dr. Adrián M.T. Silva. She was then selected by FCT for a Post-doctoral grant (since April 2015) in the Scientific Domain of “Environmental Engineering” under the supervision of Dr. Adrián M.T. Silva and Professor Manuel A. Alves. She is member of American Chemistry Society (ACS), International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (IAEAC), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC), and Sociedade Portuguesa de Química (SPQ). She integrates the COST Action ES1403: “New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS,”, as Early Stage Research (ESR) Member of the Working Group “Technologies efficient/economically viable to meet the current wastewater reuse challenges”.

Supervisors: Adrián Silva, Manuel Alves (CEFT, FEUP)


Development of LC-MS/MS methods to determine organic micropollutants: Occurrence studies of multi-class compounds in the environment; Evaluation of the performance of lab-, pilot- and full-scale advanced treatment options
Development of novel eco-friendly sample preparation methodologies
Identification of by-products in environmental matrices


N.F.F. Moreira, J.M. Sousa, G. Macedo, A.R. Ribeiro, L. Barreiros, M. Pedrosa, J.L. Faria, M.F.R. Pereira, S. Castro-Silva, M.A. Segundo, C.M. Manaia, O.C. Nunes, A.M.T. Silva. Photocatalytic ozonation of urban wastewater and surface water using immobilized TiO2 with LEDs: Micropollutants, antibiotic resistance genes and estrogenic activity. Water Research, 94, 10-22, 2016 M. Barbosa, A.R. Ribeiro, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Eco-friendly LC-MS/MS method for analysis of multi-class micropollutants in tap, fountain and well water from northern Portugal. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408, 8355–8367, 2016 M. Barbosa, N.F.F. Moreira, A.R. Ribeiro, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Occurrence and removal of organic micropollutants: An overview of the watch list of EU Decision 2015/495. Water Research, 94, 257-279, 2016 I.S. Moreira, C.L. Amorim, A.R. Ribeiro, R.B.R. Mesquita, A.O.S.S. Rangel, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht, M.E. Tiritan, P.M.L. Castro. Removal of fluoxetine and its effects in the performance of an aerobic granular sludge sequential batch reactor. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 287, 93-101, 2015 A.R. Ribeiro, M. Pedrosa, N.F.F. Moreira, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Environmental friendly method for urban wastewater monitoring of micropollutants defined in the Directive 2013/39/EU and Decision 2015/495/EU. Journal of Chromatography A, 1418, 140-149, 2015 A.R. Ribeiro, O.C. Nunes, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. An overview on the advanced oxidation processes applied for the treatment of water pollutants defined in the recently launched Directive 2013/39/EU. Environment International, 75, 33-51, 2015 N.F.F. Moreira, C.A. Orge, A.R. Ribeiro, J.L. Faria, O.C. Nunes, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Fast mineralization and detoxification of amoxicillin and diclofenac by photocatalytic ozonation and application to an urban wastewater. Water Research, 87, 87-96, 2015 C. Ribeiro, A.R. Ribeiro, A. Maia, V.M.F. Gonçalves, M.E. Tiritan. New trends in sample preparation techniques for environmental analysis. Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, 44(2), 142-185, 2014 A.R. Ribeiro, L.H.M.L.M. Santos, A.S. Maia, C. Delerue-Matos, P.M.L. Castro, M.E. Tiritan. Enantiomeric fraction evaluation of pharmaceuticals in environmental matrices by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1363, 226-235, 2014 A.R. Ribeiro, P.M.L. Castro, M.E. Tiritan. Environmental fate of chiral pollutants: determination, degradation and toxicity. In Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World, Volume 2: Remediation of Air and Water Pollution, E. Lichtfouse, J. Schwarzbauer, D. Robert (Eds.), 3-45, 2012


NEPCAT - New equipment involving integrated catalytic processes for treatment of organic pollutants and disinfection of water. Reference: SI IDT - 38900/2012 F3. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 18 months.
Ana Rita Ribeiro
Postdoctoral Researcher