DP_AEM student
Centro de Engenharia Biológica (CEB)
Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering (CEB)
António Vicente

Phd Thesis

Biodegradation of PHA-based packaging materials by soil: characterization and optimization

In this work packaging materials formed from PHA blends will be prepared and tested for biodegradation in soil conditions. The goal of this project is to establish and optimize the best conditions of biodegradation in soil for new PHA-based packaging materials, produced from food by-products’ substrates (i.e., cheese whey and almond shells).

Publication and Meetings

 Full Articles in International Journals with Peer Review:

Amorim, J., Fernandes, M., Vasconcelos, V., and Oliva Teles, L. (2017a). Evaluation of the sensitivity spectrum of a video tracking system with zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to five different toxicants. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 24, 16086–16096.

Amorim, J., Fernandes, M., Vasconcelos, V., and Oliva Teles, L. (2017b). Stress test of a biological early warning system with zebrafish (Danio rerio). Ecotoxicology 26, 13–21.

Amorim, J., Fernandes, M., Abreu, I., Tavares, F., and Oliva-Teles, L. (2018). Escherichia coli’s water load affects zebrafish (Danio rerio) behavior. Sci. Total Environ. 636, 767–774.

Fernandes, M., Amorim, J., Vasconcelos, V., and Teles, L.O. (2016). Resilience assessment of a biological early warning system based on the locomotor behavior of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 23, 18858–18868.

Gabriel, M.F., Felgueiras, F., Fernandes, M., Ribeiro, C., Ramos, E., Mourão, Z., and de Oliveira Fernandes, E. (2020). Assessment of indoor air conditions in households of Portuguese families with newborn children. Implementation of the HEALS IAQ checklist. Environ. Res. 182, 108966.

Oliva Teles, L., Fernandes, M., Amorim, J., and Vasconcelos, V. (2015). Video-tracking of zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a biological early warning system using two distinct artificial neural networks: Probabilistic neural network (PNN) and self-organizing map (SOM). Aquat. Toxicol. 165, 241–248.


8th Workshop of the Doctoral Program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology; February, 2020, Campus de Gualtar, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.


Soft skills course with Dr. Ana Salgado, Braga 2019