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).


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


M.K.S. Monteiro, D.R. Da Silva, V.J.P. Vilar, C.A. Martínez Huitle, E.V. dos Santos, Sensor Eletroquímico de Cortiça em Pasta de Carbono. BR 10 2018 071266 7, April 2024.
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.


J.C.A. Espíndola, R.O. Cristóvão, A. Mendes, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Photocatalytic membrane reactor performance towards oxytetracycline removal from synthetic and real matrices: Suspended vs immobilized TiO2-P25. Chemical Engineering Journal, 378, 122114, 2019 B.M.C. Filho, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Ozonation and ozone-enhanced photocatalysis for VOC removal from air streams: Process optimization, synergy and mechanism assessment. Science of The Total Environment, 687, 1357-1368, 2019 M.K.S. Monteiro, S.S.M. Paiva, D.R. da Silva, V.J.P. Vilar, C.A. Martínez-Huitle, E.V. dos Santos. Novel cork-graphite electrochemical sensor for voltammetric determination of caffeine. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 839, 283-289, 2019 F.C. Moreira, E. Bocos, A.G.F. Faria, J.B.L. Pereira, C.P. Fonte, R.J. Santos, J.C.B. Lopes, M.M. Dias, M.A. Sanromán, M. Pazos, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Selecting the best piping arrangement for scaling-up an annular channel reactor: An experimental and computational fluid dynamics study. Science of The Total Environment, 667, 821-832, 2019 A.I. Gomes, T.F.C.V. Silva, M.A. Duarte, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Cost-effective solar collector to promote photo-Fenton reactions: A case study on the treatment of urban mature leachate. Journal of Cleaner Production, 199, 369-382, 2018 L.P. Mazur, M.A.P. Cechinel, S.M.A.G.U. de Souza, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Brown marine macroalgae as natural cation exchangers for toxic metal removal from industrial wastewaters: A review. Journal of Environmental Management, 223, 215-253, 2018 A.M. Díez, F.C. Moreira, B.A. Marinho, J.C.A. Espíndola, L.O. Paulista, M.A. Sanromán, M. Pazos, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. A step forward in heterogeneous photocatalysis: Process intensification by using a static mixer as catalyst support. Chemical Engineering Journal, 343, 597-606, 2018 A. Fonseca, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Integrating water quality responses to best management practices in Portugal. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25, 1587-1596, 2018 P.S.S. Porto, R.S. Souza, J.F.J.R. Pesqueira, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Mineral oil recovery from cork granules by a mechanical compression method: Compression cycles analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 147, 442-450, 2017 F.C. Moreira, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes: A review on their application to synthetic and real wastewaters. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 202, 217-261, 2017


SULDOURO/2019 - Tratamento do lixiviado de Aterro de Resíduos Sólidos Urbanos combinando Processos Biológicos e Químicos. Reference: FEUP/SULDOURO/2019-74570. Funded by: GALP, . Starting Date: 2019/06/03. Duration: 12 months. Role: Coordinator FEUP/EFACEC/2019-74608 - Desenvolvimento de um sistema de desinfeção de águas residuais urbanas usando fotoreactores solares para a reutilização em atividades de regadio. Reference: FEUP/EFACEC/2019-74608. Funded by: EFACEC Engenharia e Sistemas, S.A. Starting Date: 2019/06/03. Duration: 3 months. Role: Researcher Cooperação Transnacional_Brasil CAPES 2019-2020 - Overcome Barriers in the Treatment of Leachates from Sanitary Landfills. Reference: Cooperação Transnacional_Brasil CAPES 2019-2020. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Acordo de Cooperação Portugal / Brasil (CAPES). Starting Date: 2019/04/09. Duration: 19 months. Role: Researcher NOR_WATER - Poluentes emergentes nas águas da Galiza-Norte de Portugal: novas ferramentas para gestão de risco. Reference: 0725_NOR_WATER_1_P. Funded by: Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal, Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal. Starting Date: 2019/04/01. Duration: 33 months. Role: Coordinator Permeable reactive barriers using cork granules for soil remediation containing hydrocarbons. Reference: FCT/4981/6/4/2018/S. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Acordo de Cooperação Portugal / Brasil (CAPES). Starting Date: 2018/04/06. Duration: 21 months. Role: Coordinator PIV4Algae - Process Intensification for Microalgal Production and Valorisation. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031736. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/26. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator 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. Role: Researcher 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
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