Joana F. J. R. Pesqueira has a Ph.D. (April 2023) and an MSc (July 2016) in Environmental Engineering, both from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Joana first joined LSRE-LCM in May 2017 as a researcher on the impact of advanced processes for water and wastewater treatment and mitigation strategies. In the same year, she won a Ph.D. grant under a call from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The Ph.D. project, also developed in LSRE-LCM, focused on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of catalytic water treatment processes for the removal of micropollutants. This work resulted in published scientific papers as the first author in high-ranked peer-reviewed journals. During this time, Joana was also invited as an assistant to teach Master students in life cycle assessment using SimaPro, and was a co-supervisor of a Master’s Dissertation related to the quantification of scope 3 emissions for the assessment of global warming potential. She has been involved in communications related to LCA studies or the teaching of LCA, and both participated in and helped organize several scientific events.

Joana has a relevant experience in life cycle assessment (LCA), global warming adaptation and mitigation, and the determination of characterization factors for freshwater aquatic ecotoxicity assessment.

Supervisors: Adrián Silva


Life cycle assessment (LCA)
Water/wastewater treatment processes
Contaminants occurrence, mobility and fate in environmental compartments
Freshwater ecotoxicity and alternatives to in vivo testing
Global warming adaptation and mitigation
Environmental policy and regulation


Pesqueira J.F.J.R., Marugán J., Pereira M.F.R., Silva A.M.T.. Selecting the most environmentally friendly oxidant for UVC degradation of micropollutants in urban wastewater by assessing life cycle impacts: Hydrogen peroxide, peroxymonosulfate or persulfate?. Science of the Total Environment, 808, 152050, 2022 J.F.J.R. Pesqueira, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. A life cycle assessment of solar-based treatments (H2O2, TiO2 photocatalysis, circumneutral photo-Fenton) for the removal of organic micropollutants. Science of the Total Environment, 761, 143258, 2021 J.F.J.R. Pesqueira, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Environmental impact assessment of advanced urban wastewater treatment technologies for the removal of priority substances and contaminants of emerging concern: A review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 261, 121078, 2020


InSpeCt - Identifying and interrupting micropollutants of EU concern by using Smart Carbon materials. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-031049. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/01. Duration: 36 months.