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My research is centred on phytotechnologies (viz. phytoremediation and phytomining), plant metal bioindication, and contamination in roadside environments. I am especially interested in unfolding the potential of plants for tackling legacy and emerging pollutants, harvesting valuable elements, and mitigating climate change. Consequently, a great deal of my work also involves organic soil amendments (such as technosols and biochar), plant growth-promoting bacteria, and novel environment-friendly metal chelating agents.


  • Unraveling the mechanisms of plant-driven degradation of crop protection compounds. EASTBIO/BBSRC in partnership with Syngenta (2024-2028) (PI)
  • PHYTO4METAL: Development of an integrated phytomining system for the recovery of metal nanoparticles from mine waste. BBSRC (2023-2025) (PI)
  • Unfolding the potential of alpine pennycress for nickel agromining. EASTBIO/BBSRC (2022-2026) (PI)
  • Harnessing the benefits and potential of Hemp within a Scottish context: Towards a sustainable circular economy. UIF/Scottish Funding Council (2022-2023) (Co-I)
  • Metal and particulate matter accumulation in the urban hedges of Edinburgh – a preliminary survey. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (2022-2023) (PI)
  • Distribution and accumulation of metals in soil and vegetation surrounding a molybdenum roasting facility at the Sierrita mine (Pima County – Arizona). LabEx DRIIHM programme, CNRS France (2020-2022) (PI)
  • PHYTOHM - The potential of phytoremediation to improve contaminated and degraded soils within the OHM network: Estarreja Chemical Complex and Pima County, Arizona (in partnership with the University of Arizona). LabEx DRIIHM programme, CNRS France (2020-2022) (PI)
  • PLANTS2CLEAN: Plant-based technologies to clean the soils of two industrially polluted sites in Portugal and France, Programme for Cooperation in Science between Portugal and France, FCT/Hubert Curien Programme-CAMPUSFRANCE, FCT/5482 (2020-2021) (PI)
  • PHYTAILMET - Phytomanagement of mine tailings: Remediation and recovery of valuable metals, Sino-Portuguese Programme for Cooperation in Science & Technology, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and Ministry of Science and Technology of China of the People’s Republic of China (MOST). Grant No. FCT/21122/28/12/2016/S (2017-2019) (Co-I)
  • PhytoSUDOE - Demonstration of the improvement in soil biodiversity, functionality and ecosystem services through phytomanagement in contaminated soils, Interreg Sudoe Programme, European Union. Grant No. SOE1/P5/E0189 (2016-2018) (Co-I)
  • Evaluation and phytoremediation of roadside soils in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Support to Projects in the State of Rio de Janeiro, FAPERJ - Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grant No. 211962 (2015-2018) (Co-PI)
  • Unravelling the potential of gold mine tailings: Sustainable phytomining, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal. Grant No. SFRH/BPD/103476/2014 (2015-2018) (PI)
  • Gold phytomining – Innovation and Sustainability, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil. Grant No. 150084/2014-5 (2014-2015) (PI)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Vigo


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