Lúcia Helena Moreira Lírio Matias dos Santos

Postdoc Researcher (Juan de la Cierva)

Contact Details
Catalan Institute for Water Research. ICRA
Email: lhsantos@icra.cat
Phone: +34 972183380

Postdoc Researcher (Juan de la Cierva)

Short Biography
She had her PhD on Pharmaceutical Sciences (Analytical Chemistry Specialty) by Porto University (Portugal) in 2013. During her PhD she focused in the development of analytical methodologies for the determination of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in the aquatic environment. She also performed monitoring studies in order to evaluate the presence of pharmaceuticals in the Portuguese aquatic environment, and assessed the contribution of hospital effluents to the load of pharmaceuticals into urban wastewaters. In July 2013 she joined the research team of the project "PSYCHOBASS - Aquatic species under psycho pharmaceuticals neuroendocrine effects", financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), as postdoctoral researcher. During this period, she focused her research on the monitoring of psychiatric drugs in two Portuguese estuarine areas. She also collaborated in controlled chronic ecotoxicity studies to evaluate the effect of antidepressants on fish. In December 2015, she joined REQUIMTE, a Portuguese associated laboratory, as postdoctoral researcher, also developing work in the monitoring of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in the environment, using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. In September 2016 she joined the Water Quality group in ICRA with a Juan de la Cierva fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Research Interests
Her main research interests are the monitoring of emerging contaminants in the environment (e.g. wastewaters, surface waters, sediments, biota) and the assessment of their environmental risk.

Current Projects

Key Publications
- “Development of a modified acetonitrile-based extraction procedure followed by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry for the analysis of psychiatric drugs in sediments”

Lúcia H.M.L.M. Santos, Maria João Ramalhosa, Marta Ferreira, Cristina Delerue-Matos.

 Journal of Chromatography A, 2016, 1437, 37-48 (doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2016.01.079) (Impact factor: 3.926)

- “Contribution of hospital effluents to the load of pharmaceuticals in urban wastewaters: Identification of ecologically relevant pharmaceuticals”

Lúcia H.M.L.M. Santos, Meritxell Gros, Sara Rodriguez-Mozaz, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Angelina Pena, Damià Barceló, M. Conceição B.S.M. Montengro.

Science of the Total Environment, 2013, 461-462, 302-316 (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.04.077) (Impact factor: 3.258)

- “Ecotoxicological aspects related to the presence of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment”

Lúcia H.M.L.M. Santos, A.N. Araújo, Adriano Fachini, A. Pena, C. Delerue-Matos, M.C.B.S.M. Montenegro.

Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, 175, 45-95 (doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2009.10.100) (Impact factor: 4.144)

Screening of pharmaceuticals in environmental samples



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