Vítor J.P. Vilar earned his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2001. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at FEUP in 2006, in Environmental Technologies. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at FEUP in water management. He pursued his post-doctorate research in solar driven advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), at FEUP and Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA). He worked as Assistant Researcher (2009-2013) in the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, FEUP, under the Ciência 2008 program. Since Dec. 2014 he has been Principal Researcher in LSRE-LCM, under the Investigator FCT 2013 (IF/00273/2013) and CEEC Individual 2017 FCT (CEECIND/01317/2017) programmes. In 2014, he was awarded a three-year “Special Visiting Researcher” grant, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, sponsored by the Brazilian Ciência Sem Fronteiras program.
He is currently one of the editors of the Environmental Science and Pollution Research (ESPR) Journal (Springer). He has participated as a committee member or as program chair in nine international conferences on environmental engineering, delivering 38 plenary/keynote/invited lectures at international conferences and scientific institutions. He is member of the EU COST Action ES1403UK (NEREUS) and European Ph.D. School on AOPs and president of the Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA).
He is the author and co-author of more than 400 scientific publications, including 3 conference books, 10 book chapters, 6 editorials, 182 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific periodicals (h-index: 40 and >5100 citations), 8 papers in national scientific periodicals, more than 210 contributions in conference proceedings and a co-inventor of 2 patents requests, receiving 8 prizes in total.
He has mentored 37 researchers, 29 master students, 23 Ph.D. students, and 33 post-doctoral researchers. He is currently the supervisor of 3 researchers granted by projects, 2 master students, 9 Ph.D. students, and 2 Junior researchers. He has also participated in 80 academic juries (36 MSc, 10 PhD qualifications and 34 PhD).
He has been participating actively in different research projects: 7 international, 18 national R&D projects and 5 contracts with private companies. He has also participated as evaluator of national/international research projects (UEFISCDI, FCT, CNPq, CONICYT, WaterJPI).