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 specialisation 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). More recently, realising the importance of modelling in the interpretation of environmental data, he decided to get some insight also in this area, again related to chemical transport of POPs and SVOCs, but also with the effects of climate change scenarios and health-related issues.
The outcome of Nuno Ratola’s wide-ranged professional experiences is reflected in over 45 articles published in SCI journals and three book chapters, accumulating more than 800 citations to yield an H-index of 19. Furthermore, a total of 85 studies were presented in international conferences, including about 30 oral presentations. He was principal investigator in two funded projects and team member in 8 others, gave seminar lectures and supervised 4 MSc thesis and 3 end-of-course projects. Since 2015 he also lectures Instrumental Methods of Analysis (MIA) and Quality Management Systems (SGQ) in the Integrated Masters of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at FEUP.
Along the way he had the opportunity to profit from more than 10 external residencies in several top research institutions in Europe (including a Marie Curie action), 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 Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain) or the University of Florence (Italy).
Areas of interest
- Natural sciences > Environmental science > Global change
- Physical sciences > Chemistry > Analytical chemestry
- Technological sciences > Engineering > Chemical engineering