Nuno Ratola graduated in Chemical Engineering (1996) from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP, Portugal) and completed a Master in Environmental Engineering (2002) and a PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering (2009) also in FEUP.
Since obtaining his Chemical Engineering degree, which granted him a sense of practicality useful to this day, he had the opportunity to profit from a diverse number of experiences, mainly in an academic research environment, but also in industry. This was important to create synergies with people from several quadrants. With time came the specialization in the field of environmental chemistry, focused on advanced analytical techniques and in the biomonitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging semi-volatile organic contaminants (SVOCs) in several environmental matrices. Lately, realizing the importance of modelling in the interpretation of environmental data, he decided to get involved also in this area, again related to the chemical transport of POPs and SVOCs, including the effects of climate change scenarios and health-related issues. The impact of emerging contaminants on coastal areas and on the production of energy from waste treatments and reuse of end-of-life materials under a circular economy framework are his most recent research interests.
The outcome of Nuno Ratola’s wide-ranged professional experiences is reflected in 60 articles published in SCI journals, one book edited and 5 book chapters, accumulating almost 1400 citations to yield an H-index of 23 (WoS), as well as a total of 126 studies were presented in international conferences, including 50 oral presentations. He was PI or co-PI in 5 funded national and international projects and team member in 10 others (including MC and STSM in a COST action), is supervising two PhD students and supervised 2 Post-Docs, 4 visiting PhD students, 10 MSc thesis and 3 end-of-course projects. Since 2015 he also lectures Instrumental Methods of Analysis (MIA) in the Integrated Masters of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at FEUP. In 2015 and 2016 he lectured Quality Management Systems to the same degrees.
Along the way he had the opportunity to profit from more than 20 external residencies in several foreign top research institutions (including a Marie Curie action and a Visiting Professorship), building a network of collaborations which have been and still are fruitful. For example, at the Dep. of Environmental Chemistry of the CSIC (Barcelona, Spain), the Technical University of Crete (Chania, Greece), the Lancaster Environment Centre (UK), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the University of Murcia (Spain), the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain), the University of Florence (Italy), the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (France), the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) or the Technical University Federico Santa María (Chile).
Áreas de Interesse
- Natural sciences > Environmental science > Global change
- Physical sciences > Chemistry > Analytical chemestry
- Technological sciences > Engineering > Chemical engineering