Fábio Bernardo completed the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering (MIEA) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2016. He carried out his master's thesis at Águas do Porto E.M., evaluating the eco-efficiency of the urban water cycle management system.

In 2017, he completed the Master in Occupational Safety and Hygiene Engineering (MESHO), also at FEUP. In the same year, he also joined the Laboratory of Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), where he was a research in the “SaltQuanti” project (Ref: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-017901). This was a collaboration between FEUP, the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Science of the University of Porto (FCNAUP) and Evoleo Technologies (a Portuguese SME investing in skills related to the design of critical and highly complex electronic systems). 

In 2022, he completed the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PDEQB). His research was mainly focused on the development, optimization (using design of experiments) and validation of analytical methods for the detection of emerging organic contaminants (volatile methylsiloxanes) in trace levels in the environment. It also focused on the development of environmental risk assessment studies (exposure assessment, effects assessment and risk characterization). In the same year, he also started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Associated Laboratory LSRE-LCM, on the project: “S4Hort_Soil&Food - Sustainable practices for Soil health & horticultural products quality improvement in the Entre Douro e Minho Region”.

First author of 5 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (co-author of another 2), first author of 1 book chapter and first author of 5 oral presentations (co-author of another 2). Author of 3 poster presentations (2 as first author) at international meetings/symposia.

Supervisors: Ricardo Santos


Development, optimization and validation of eco-friendly analytical methods for the detection of trace pollutants
Emerging contaminants – exposure assessment, prioritization and environmental risk assessment
Waste valorization for energy production and safe recycling (circular economy)
Biomonitoring and other field sampling strategies
Food safety


F. Bernardo, V. Homem, A. Alves. A review of bioaccumulation of volatile methylsiloxanes in aquatic ecosystems. Science of The Total Environment, 824, 153821-153821, 2022 P. González-Hernández, I. Pacheco-Fernández, F. Bernardo, V. Homem, J. Pasán, J. Ayala, N. Ratola, V. Pino. Headspace solid-phase microextraction based on the metal-organic framework CIM-80(Al) coating to determine volatile methylsiloxanes and musk fragrances in water samples using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Talanta, 232, 122440, 2021 F. Bernardo, P. González-Hernández, N. Ratola, V. Pino, A. Alves, V. Homem. Using Design of Experiments to Optimize a Screening Analytical Methodology Based on Solid-Phase Microextraction/Gas Chromatography for the Determination of Volatile Methylsiloxanes in Water. Molecules, 26, 3429, 2021 Bernardo, J. L. Moreira, C. Gonçalves, M. J. Pena, O. Pinho, R. Martins, A. Alves. Saltquanti - Development of a new portable device to analyse salt content in food. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 105, 104239, 2021


S4Hort_Soil&Food - Sustainable practices for Soil health & horticultural products quality improvement in the Entre Douro e Minho Region. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000074. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2021/03/01. Duration: 24 months.
Fábio Bernardo
Postdoctoral Researcher