Sílvia Santos graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2004, completed a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2009, at the Faculty of Engineering – University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal. Her doctoral research adressed the decolourization of textile dyehouse effluents using clays and waste materials as unconventional adsorbents. In 2009/2010, S. Santos was research fellow of the cross-border cooperation programme between Portugal and Spain “NATURA MIÑO-MINHO: Valorization of the natural resources of Miño/Minho basin”. From 2009 to 2013, she was Assistant Professor at School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. She collaborated with and was responsible for different courses of Civil Protection Bachelor, Environmental Engineering Bachelor and Master programmes, where she was also member of the pedagogic and scientific committee. S.Santos was involved in the supervision of undergraduate students, in projects related to local problems and centered on the water quality monitoring and also in teaching in “Environmental Management” Technological Specialization Courses (post-secondary). In 2014, she returned to LSRE-LCM Associate Laboratory and since then she has been working as postdoctoral fellow, especially on developing and implementing spectrophotometric and electroanalytical methodologies for arsenic and antimony analysis and on their removal from aqueous solution using natural and waste materials.

Supervisors: Cidália Botelho


Water Quality
Water and wastewater treatment
Adsorption and biosorption
Priority pollutants removal


G. Ungureanu, C. Filote, S.C.R. Santos, I. Volf, R.A.R. Boaventura, C.M.B. Botelho. Antimony oxyanions uptake by green marine macroalgae. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 3441-3450, 2016 S.C. R. Santos, A.F.M. Oliveira, R.A.R. Boaventura. Bentonitic clay as adsorbent for the decolourisation of dyehouse effluents. Journal of Cleaner Production, 126, 667-676, 2016 S.C.R. Santos, R.A.R. Boaventura. Adsorption of cationic and anionic azo dyes on sepiolite clay: Equilibrium and kinetic studies in batch mode. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 1473-1483, 2016 H.A.M. Bacelo, S.C.R. Santos, C.M.S. Botelho. Tannin-based biosorbents for environmental applications: a review. Chemical Engineering Journal, 303, 575-587, 2016 G. Ungureanu, S. Santos, R. Boaventura, C. Botelho. Arsenic and antimony in water and wastewater: Overview of removal techniques with special reference to latest advances in adsorption. Journal of Environmental Management, 151, 326-342, 2015 S.C.R. Santos, R.A.R. Boaventura. Treatment of a simulated textile wastewater in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) with addition of a low-cost adsorbent. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 291, 74-82, 2015 S. Santos, G. Ungureanu, R. Boaventura, C. Botelho. Selenium contaminated waters: An overview of analytical methods, treatment options and recent advances in sorption methods. Science of the Total Environment, 521-522, 246-260, 2015 S. Santos, V.J.P. Vilar, P. Alves, R.A.R. Boaventura, C. Botelho. Water quality in Minho/Miño River (Portugal/Spain). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185, 3269-3281, 2013 S.C.R. Santos, V.J.P. Vilar, R.A.R. Boaventura. Waste metal hydroxide sludge as adsorbent for a reactive dye. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 153, 999-1008, 2008 S.C.R. Santos, R.A.R. Boaventura. Adsorption modelling of textile dyes by sepiolite. Applied Clay Science, 42, 137-145, 2008


AIProcMat@N2020 - Advanced Industrial Processes and Materials for a Sustainable North Region of Portugal2020. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000006. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2016/06/01. Duration: 36 months. RL1_P3 - Environmental Technologies. Reference: NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000008. Funded by: CCDR-N, Programa Operacional Regional do Norte (ON.2). Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 18 months. 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.
Sílvia Santos
Postdoctoral Researcher