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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria Margarida Campinas

Maria Margarida Campinas
Phone: 218 443 617

Professional Situation

Assistant Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2009: PhD in Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Univ. do Algarve (UAlg)
  • 2003: Post-Graduation in Sanitary Engineering, Univ. Nova Lisboa (UNL/FCT)
  • 1999: Degree in Environmental Engineering, Universidade do Algarve (UAlg)

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • May 2021 – to date: Assistant Researcher at LNEC
  • Jan. 2014 – Apr. 2021: Post-Doctoral Fellow at LNEC (p2i "água e cidade" - T3.10, LIFE Impetus, LIFE Hymemb)
  • Aug. 2009 – Jun. 2011: Process Engineer in Faro NW WWTP start-up, Hidrocontrato

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and wastewater reuse
  • Control of contaminants of emerging concern (e.g cyanotoxins; PhCs,  OBPs, NOM)
  • Coagulation, activated carbon, hybrid membrane processes (e.g. PAC/MF)

Research and Professional Activity

  • 2020 - 2024  H2020 B-WaterSmart "Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe” (H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020)2016-2019: LIFE Impetus "Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants”, LIFE14 ENV/PT/000739.
  • 2013-2016: LIFE HyMemb "Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production”, LIFE12 ENV/PT/001154. LIFE+ Environment
  • 2012-2016: LIFE aWARE "Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse”, LIFE11 ENV/ES/606. LIFE+ ENV
  • 2011-2014: FP7 Trust TRansitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow, ENV.2010.3.1.1-1
  • 2008-2009: ETA21 "Estudos de avaliação de desempenho e de optimização das Estações de Tratamento de Água da AdA” (Projecto de I&DT LNEC/AdA)
  • 2001-2006: CIANOTOX and CIANOTOX–Tratamento (I e II) "Remoção de cianobactérias e cianotoxinas durante o tratamento de água para abastecimento”(Acordo AdA/UAlg)
  • 2002-2005: TOXIC "Barriers against cyanotoxins in drinking water” (EVK1-CT-2002-00107)
  • 1999-2002: ETA Alcantarilha "Optimização do sistema de tratamento da ETA de Alcantarilha” (Acordo AdA/UAlg)

Scientific Orientation

  • Master degree jury (Débora Duarte, ISEL/IPL, 2019;Marta Grazina, UAlg, 2012)
  • Co-orientation of visiting PhD students at LNEC (Elena Rodriguez, LNEC, 2013)

Relevant Publications

PhD Thesis:
  • Campinas M. (2009). Removal of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins from drinking water by powdered activated carbon adsorption/ultrafiltration. PhD Thesis in Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Algarve University (UAlg), Faro. Books: Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2017). Technical Guidelines of PAC/MF – Powdered Activated Carbon/Ceramic Microfiltration for Drinking Water Production. ISBN: 978-972-49-2299-7. Lisbon: LNEC, LIFE Hymemb.
Published book chapters
  • Mestre A.S., Campinas M., Viegas R. M. C., Mesquita E., Carvalho A.P., Rosa M.J. (2022). Applications of activated carbons in full scale wastewater treatment plants. In Advanced Materials for Sustainable Environmental Remediation: Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments. Eds. Dimitrios A. Giannakoudakis, Lucas Meili, Ioannis Anastopoulos, Elsevier Science. ISBN    0323904858, 9780323904858
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Almeida C.M.M., Rosa M.J. (2018). Designing a PAC/NF advanced process for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in reclaimed water. In Sanitation Approaches & Solutions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Eds. J.S. Matos, M.J. Rosa. ERSAR, EWA, APESB, CERIS. Lisbon, pp 97-108
Papers with scientific refereeing
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Almeida C. M.M., Martins A., Silva C., Mesquita E., Coelho R., Silva S., Cardoso V.V., Benoliel M.J., Rosa, M. J. (2022). Powdered activated carbon full-scale addition to the activated sludge reactor of a municipal wastewater treatment plant: Pharmaceutical compounds control and overall impact on the process. Journal of Water process Engineering, 49, 102975. doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2022.102975
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa, M. J. (2021). Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic Microfiltration for Treating Challenging Waters for Drinking Water Production. Membranes 11(2). doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020091
  • Viegas R.M.C., Campinas M., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa, M. J. (2021). Hybrid Process of Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic MF for Removing Pesticides in Drinking Water Treatment—Inline vs. Contact Tank PAC Dosing. Membranes 11(2). doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020072
  • Campinas M., Viegas, R.M.C., Silva C., Lucas H., Rosa, M. J. (2021). Operational performance and cost analysis of PAC/ceramic MF for drinking water production: Exploring treatment capacity as a new indicator for performance assessment and optimization. Separation and Purification Technology 255. 117443. doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2020.117443
  • Campinas M., Silva C., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho, R., Lucas, H., Rosa, M. J. (2020). To what extent may pharmaceuticals and pesticides be removed by PAC conventional addition to low-turbidity surface waters and what are the potential bottlenecks? Journal of Water Process Engineering. 101833. doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101833
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mestre A. S., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Andrade M. A., Carvalho A. P., Rosa, M.J. (2020). Assessing the applicability of a new carob waste-derived powdered activated carbon to control pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater treatment. Science of The Total Environment 743. 140791. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140791
  • Viegas, R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Rosa, M. J. (2019). Pilot Studies and Cost Analysis of Hybrid Powdered Activated Carbon/Ceramic Microfiltration for Controlling Pharmaceutical Compounds and Organic Matter in Water Reclamation. Water 12(1). doi.org/10.3390/w12010033

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Technical reporting (> 60 reports)
  • Specialized Technical Consultancy, Campinas et al.: Águas de Santo André  (2018), Teixeira Duarte (2015); Teixeira Duarte & Tomás de Oliveira (2014)
  • Water Tratability Lab Studies, Campinas et al.: Águas de Santo André  (2018)
  • Short-term courses, Campinas et al.: Strategies for drinking water disinfection and control of oxidation by-products (2014, EU-TAIEX, Kosovo; 2014, AdNA); wastewater treatment (2011, AdA); removal of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins with conventional water treatment (2006, AdP); hybrid activated carbon adsorption/ultrafiltration for cyanotoxins removal (2006, AdA)

Other Information

PT Global water award 2019 for R+D+i (December 2019), LIFE Impetus (2016-2019)A Best LIFE ENV project 2016-2017, LIFE HyMemb (2014-2016)

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