Characterization, Monitoring and Recovery Techniques



General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra de Jesus Branco Ribeiro


Weekly - 5

Total - 85

Teaching language



There are no precedence requisites.


Principles of Instrumental analysis, D.Skoog & D.West,1971 Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Microanalysis and Analytical Electron Microscopy

C. E.Lyman,J. Goldstein, D.E.Newbury et al. X-ray characterization of materials/Eric Lifshin (ed.).WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH,1999 The Physics of Thin Film Optical Spectra: An Introduction Olaf Stenzel (Author), Springer;

Handbook of Infrared Spectroscopy of Ultrathin Films, VP Tolstoy, I Chernyshova, VA. Skryshevsky, WileyBlackwell Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Principles and Applications, H Fujiwara, VP Tolstoy, Wiley-Blackwell 

Reddy, K., Cameselle, C. (Eds.) 2009 Electrochemical Remediation Technologies for Polluted Soils, Sediments and Groundwater. John Wiley & Sons,New Jersey, US, ISBN 978-0-470-38343-8, 732pp.

Ribeiro A.B.; Mateus, E.P.; Couto, N. (Eds.) 2016 Electrokinetics across disciplines and continents - New strategies for sustainable development. Springer International Publishing, 427 pp., doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-20179-5

Teaching method


Evaluation method

It is compulsory the attendance of the practical lessons. The students produce reports which are discussed and marked. For the final mark, the mark obtained in each module has a weighting correlated to the time that was used for its lectures. Lectures on general theoretical aspects, as well as tutorials. Labs on selected topics on remediation techniques and problem-solving. Computer and library resources available to enforce homework reading and discussion assigments of state-of-the-art literature and case studies. Group interactions and communication skills are incentivated. Evaluation designed as an individual and group project, respectively, through presentation and discussion of Seminars (S) and Final Report (FR)

Subject matter

ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPY: Electron microscopes: transmission (TEM), scanning (SEM) and scanning transmission (STEM). Electron detectors and X ray spectrometry (EDS and WDS). Elemental analysis in SEM-EDS/WDS. OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY: Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Visible-Near Infrared, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. XRD-XRF:The fluorescence spectrometry X-ray NMR Introduction to Process Analytical Technology (PAT)Biosensors Multivariate data analysis- Design of experiments. Definition and identification of CPP''''''''s e CQA''''''''s Automatic Process control.

Integrated methodology of evaluation of contaminated sites. Remediation techniques. In-situ and ex-situ (on-site and off-site) processes. Developing stages, use, applicability, confidence and duration. Case studies and available software.


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