Tânia Valente Silva received her graduation and the master degree in Chemical Engineering, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, by the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP), and she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering in 2015, at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Currently, she is a post-doc researcher at the associate laboratory LSRE-LCM. She has published 15 papers in international scientific periodicals with peer review (h-index of 6), 1 paper in national scientific periodicals and 13 communications in conference proceedings. She completed the supervision of 1 master student and she is the co-supervisor of 2 Ph.D. students. She has been involved in 2 national R&D projects with a private company related to the development of environmental friendly technologies for pollution control. Her specialization is focused on the treatment of sanitary landfill leachates by the individual or combined application of physic-chemical treatments, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) driven by natural sunlight and/or artificial radiation and biological oxidation processes under aerobic and anoxic conditions.

Supervisors: Vitor Vilar, Rui Boaventura


Advanced and biological oxidation processes
Processes integration for recalcitrant wastewaters treatment


P.A. Soares, R. Souza, J. Soler, T.F.C.V. Silva, S.M.A.G.U. Souza, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Remediation of a synthetic textile wastewater from polyester-cotton dyeing combining biological and photochemical oxidation processes. Separation and Purification Technology, 172, 450-462, 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 T.F.C.V. Silva, E. Vieira, A.R. Lopes, O.C. Nunes, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. How the performance of a biological pre-oxidation step can affect a downstream photo-Fenton process on the remediation of mature landfill leachates: Assessment of kinetic parameters and characterization of the bacterial communities. Separation and Purification Technology, 175, 274-286, 2017 T.F.C.V. Silva, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, M.A. Sousa, C. Gonçalves, M.F. Alpendurada, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Scale-up and cost analysis of a photo-Fenton system for sanitary landfill leachate treatment. Journal of Chemical Engineering, 283, 76-88, 2016 T.F.C.V. Silva, R. Ferreira, P.A. Soares, D.R. Manenti, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Insights into solar photo-Fenton reaction parameters in the oxidation of a sanitary landfill leachate at lab-scale. Journal of Environmental Management, 164, 32-40, 2015 N.F.P. Silva, A.L. Gonçalves, F.C. Moreira, T.F.C.V. Silva, F.G. Martins, M.C.M. Alvim-Ferraz, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar, J.C.M. Pires. Towards sustainable microalgal biomass production by phycoremediation of a synthetic wastewater: A kinetic study. Algal Research, 11, 350-358, 2015 T.F.C.V. Silva, M.E.F. Silva, A.C. Cunha-Queda, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, M.A. Sousa, C. Gonçalves, M.F. Alpendurada, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Multistage treatment system for raw leachate fromsanitary landfill combining biological nitrification-denitrification/solar photoFenton/biological processes, at a scale close to industrial - Biodegradability enhancement and evolution profile of trace poll. Water Research, 47, 6167-6186, 2013 T.F.C.V. Silva, M.E.F. Silva, A. Cristina Cunha-Queda, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Sanitary landfill leachate treatment using combined solar photo-Fenton and biological oxidation processes at pre-industrial scale. Chemical Engineering Journal, 228, 850-866, 2013 V.J.P. Vilar, T.F.C.V. Silva, M.A.N. Santos, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura. Evaluation of solar photo-Fenton parameters on the pre-oxidation of leachates from a sanitary landfill. Solar Energy, 86, 3301-3315, 2012 V.J.P. Vilar, S.M.S. Capelo, T.F.C.V. Silva, R.A.R. Boaventura. Solar photo-Fenton as a pre-oxidation step for biological treatment of landfill leachate in a pilot plant with CPCs. Catalysis Today, 161, 228-234, 2011


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. LFOTOBIO - Pre-industrial plant with an integrated photocatalytic (40 m2 CPCs)/biological oxidation (3 m3) systems for the treatment of leachates, installed at a sanitary landfill in the north of Portugal. Reference: FEUP/EFACEC/2012/05. Funded by: EFACEC Engenharia e Sistemas, S.A. Starting Date: 2012/07/31. Duration: 6 months.
Tânia Silva
Postdoctoral Researcher