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Helena Gomes

Anne McLaren Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Helena is an Environmental Engineer passionate about remediation and resource recovery. Before her PhD, Helena worked as environmental consultant and project manager. She led the environmental and radiological monitoring programme of uranium abandoned mines in Portugal.

Helena holds a PhD in soil remediation from the New University of Lisbon. In her PhD, she combined two remediation technologies: electrokinetics and zero valent iron nanoparticles. She studied mobility of iron nanoparticles under direct current, in different porosity media, and tested their efficacy in soils with inorganic and organic contaminants (chromium, the herbicide molinate, and polychlorinated biphenyls). She was visiting researcher at Lehigh University, USA; Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, and Málaga University, Spain.

Later, she was a postdoctoral research assistant in the NERC funded project "R3AW - Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes", at the University of Hull, focusing on demonstration of metal recovery using ion exchange resins and bioleaching, as well as passive treatment of alkaline leachates (mesocosm and pilot scale) using cascades and constructed wetlands.

Helena is now an Anne McLaren Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and member of the Food, Water, Waste Research Group, which she joined in January 2018. Helena's current research addresses two global challenges of modern society: generation of renewable, clean forms of energy, and provision of water at a quality that is fit for reuse. Her research interests lie within resource recovery from wastewater, particularly for the production of electricity and recovery of metals (simultaneously contaminants and valuable assets) and nutrients.

Other research interests comprise sustainable remediation and the use of treatment trains and combined remediation technologies. Specifically, Helena is interested in combining different technologies for the treatment of mixed contamination, persistent and emerging contaminants in contaminated soil and other matrices such as wastewater, industrial by-products, or wastes.

"Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value."

~ Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1971

PUBLICATIONS, CONTACTS and DIGITAL PROFILES:

Expertise Summary

- Electrokinetic and electrodialytic remediation of contaminated soils and matrices

- Metal recovery from wastes and wastewaters

- Treatment trains and combined remediation technologies

Teaching Summary

Research Supervisor:

I welcome applications from excellent prospective PhD candidates in the areas of:

  • - Remediation of contaminated soils and waters
  • - Resource recovery from waste streams
  • - Sustainable remediation, treatment trains, combined technologies
  • - Emerging and unconventional contaminants
  • - Bioelectrochemical systems for resource recovery

If you are looking for a scholarship to support your studies, the university offers a great number of scholarships to talented applicants.

If you are a UK or EU national, then you can also apply for a range of specific, funded programmes that accommodate the research themes of the group through the integrated four-year Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in Mathematics for a Sustainable Society, EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry (CDT) and BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). For informal inquiries, please contact Helena with a cover letter and CV detailing your experience and interests. Information on applying to the Doctoral Training Centres is given on the respective websites.

Potential postdoctoral fellows without current funding can apply for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship. We also provide support for those applying for Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships.

Research Summary

Helena's current research addresses two global challenges of modern society: generation of renewable, clean forms of energy, and provision of water at a quality that is fit for reuse in our urban… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Helena's current research addresses two global challenges of modern society: generation of renewable, clean forms of energy, and provision of water at a quality that is fit for reuse in our urban water cycle. Her research interests lie within resource recovery from wastewater, particularly for the production of electricity and recovery of resources - metals (simultaneously contaminants and valuable assets) and nutrients.

Other research interests comprise sustainable remediation and the use of treatment trains and combined remediation technologies. Specifically, Helena is interested in combining different technologies for the treatment of mixed contamination, persistent and/or emerging contaminants in contaminated soil and other matrices such as wastewater, industrial by-products, or wastes.

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Environmental remediation, Resource Recovery, Wastewater treatment, Contaminated soils, Waste Management

Food, Water, Waste Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD


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