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Maria Cristina Vila is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP - https://sigarra.up.pt/feup/en/WEB_PAGE.INICIAL), where she has been teaching since 1992. BSc in Geotechnical Engineering (1988) and Mining Engineering (1990) from the University of Porto. MSc in Technology and Management of Mineral Resources (1995) by FEUP/IST. Concluded her PhD in 2005 with the thesis "Soil rehabilitation observed through respirometry - signal analysis in biological systems", at FEUP. Responsible for the courses of “Aquifer and Soil Rehabilitation”, “Quantitative environmental risk assessment”, in the Master in Environmental Engineering, and also to the courses of “Dynamical Systems” in Mining Engineering and Geo-environment Bachelor program, and “Control and Instrumentation” in the Mining Engineering and Geo-Environment Master program. In charge of university management positions of which special reference should be made to the direction of the master's degree in mining and geo-environmental engineering and the assistant direction of the master's degree and the degree in environmental engineering since 2019, is also a member of the pedagogical council of the faculty of engineering of the university of Porto. Supervisor of 20 concluded master dissertations, and two concluded and one ongoing PhD thesis. Integrated member of the Centre for Natural Resources and Environment (CERENA), being elected as coordinator of the Environment Group in December 2020. Her scientific research are focused mainly on the following topics: rehabilitation of contaminated soils; bioremediation; monitoring and environmental risk analysis; technologies and waste management of the extractive industry (waste and drainage mining) and; mineral biotechnology. She has participated in 17 funded research projects among international, national, and company projects. Author of more than 80 publications (in international scientific journals, proceedings of international conferences, technical reports, and didactic publishing).
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Maria Cristina da Costa Vila

Citation names

  • Vila, Maria
  • M. C. Vila
  • Vila, M. C.
  • Vila, Cristina

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
A913-906C-EE88
ORCID iD
0000-0002-5063-5632
AuthenticusID
R-000-ASJ
Scopus Author Id
36763250300

Telephones

Telephone
  • 220413167 (Professional)

Addresses

  • Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465, Porto, Porto, Portugal (Professional)

Websites

  • https://sigarra.up.pt/feup/pt/func_geral.formview?p_codigo=211751 (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Engineering - Mining and Mineral Processing
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Biotechnology - Bioremediation

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
French Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2)
Education
Degree Classification
2005
Concluded
Ciências de Engenharia (Doutoramento)
Major in Sem especialidade
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
"Reabilitação de Solos Observada Através de Respirometria - Análise de Sinal em Sistemas Biológicos" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
1993 - 1995/12/15
Concluded
Mestrado em Tecnologia e Gestão de Recursos Minerais (Mestrado)
Universidade do Porto - Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
"Lixiviação por percolação - Um modelo de parâmetros distribuidos" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
1990
Concluded
Engenharia de Minas (Licenciatura)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
1984/10 - 1988/06
Concluded
Engenharia Geotécnica (Bacharelato)
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
15/20
Affiliation

Teaching in Higher Education

Category
Host institution
Employer
1992/09/01 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Universidade do Porto - Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2005 - 2022 Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2016 - 2019 Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Projects

Contract

Designation Funders
2020 - 2023/06/30 CAVALI - Cadeia de Valor do Lítio
POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047728
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Agência Nacional de Inovação SA
Ongoing
2021 - 2023/03/31 Soil health surrounding former mining areas: characterization, risk analysis, and intervention
NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000056
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Comissao de Coordenacao e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte
Ongoing
2016 - 2020/06/30 PT-W - Biotools for a sustainable supply of tungsten - from biodetection to bioleaching and biorecovery
PTDC/AAG-REC/3839/2014
Researcher
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2016 - 2019/12/31 Recognition of microbial functional communities and assessment of the mineralizing potential bioleaching for high-tech critical metals
ERA-MIN/0004/2015
Researcher
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2016 - 2019/08/30 Improve Resource Efficiency and Minimize Environmental Footprint
ERA-MIN/0007/2015
Researcher
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Ensino Superior
Concluded
2015 - 2018/12 Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies
641650
Researcher
European Commission
Concluded
2014 - 2016/12/31 Tools for sustainable gold mining in EU
ERA-MIN/0002/2013
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2013 - 2015/08/31 Remediation Technologies for the Cleanup of Soils Contaminated with Biofuels ISIS
PTDC/AAG-TEC/4403/2012
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2008 - 2011/07/31 Low Cost In-Situ Arsenic Mitigation Tecnologies using IBS
PTDC/ECM/70216/2006
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia - Campus do Lumiar, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2005 - 2008/06/30 RESPIROMETRY OF ROCK ACID DRAINAGE AND THE USAGE OF OXYGEN CONSUMING COATINGS AS A MEAN OF REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL EMISSIONS FROM TAILINGS DISPOSALS
POCI/ECM/60438/2004
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
2005 - 2008/06/30 EXPERIMENTAL PROTOCOLS FOR ESTIMATING THE DESIGN PARAMETERS OF PERMEABLE REACTIVE BARRIERS
POCI/ECM/59779/2004
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
Outputs

Publications

Book
  1. Vila, M. C.; Fiúza, António. Risco Ambiental - Análise Sistémica Estruturada. Portugal. 2020.
    Published
  2. Janine Figueiredo; Cristina Vila; Joaquim Góis; Bárbara Biju; Diogo Martins; Aurora Futuro; Maria de Lurdes Dinis; Alexandre Leite; António Fiúza. An assessment of Cabeço do Pião Tailings aiming its recovery of metals as a sustainable alternative. 2019.
  3. Maria Cristina Vila. Book of Abstracts of the Symposium on Environmental Engineering. 2019.
  4. Reichel, S.; Martin, M.; Bryan, C.G.; Vila, C.; Fiúza, A.; Reimer, W.. Innovative biohydrometallurgical approaches in the EU project FAME. 2017.
    10.4028/www.scientific.net/SSP.262.307
  5. Vila, M.C.; Soeiro De Carvalho, J.M.; Fiúza, A.. Advanced numerical tools applied to geo-environmental engineering - Soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons, a case study. 2011.
    10.1007/978-3-642-18466-6_22
Book chapter
  1. Campos, A.; Matos, M.L.; Góis, J.; Vila, M.C.; Dinis, M.L.; Santos Baptista, J.. "Dispersion of quarry's dust-pilot study". 271-276. 2014.
Conference paper
  1. Maria Cristina Vila; Francisco Mahú. "Prediction of atmospheric transport of VOCs originated by Matosinhos refinery". 2021.
  2. Figueiredo, J.; Vila, M.C.; Fiúza, A.. "A sustainable tailings reprocessing project: A case of study in Portugal". 2018.
    10.5593/sgem2018/1.4/S04.001
  3. Figueiredo, J.; Vila, M.C.; Martins, D.; Futuro, A.; Fiúza, A.. "Design optimization of a tailings reprocessing: Tungsten and zinc recovery". 2018.
    10.5593/sgem2018/2.1/S07.037
  4. Janine Figueiredo; Maria Cristina Vila; Phillipe Gomes; Diogo Martins; Aurora Futuro Silva; Joaquim Góis; Maria De Lurdes Dinis; Alexandre Leite; António Fiúza. "Can old tailings disposals become mineral resources? A Portuguese case study". Paper presented in CEST' 2017, 2017.
  5. Fiuza, A.; Futuro, A.; Dinis, M.L.; Vila, M.C.; Rios, R.. "Arsenic removal using “green” Nano Zero valent iron". 2016.
  6. Vila, M.C.; Góis, J.; Guedes, M.. "A systematic approach applied to closure and contingency plans for tailings dams". 2013.
  7. M. Cristina Vila; J. Soeiro de Carvalho; A. Futuro da Silva; A. Fiúza. "Preventing acid mine drainage from mine tailings". 2008.
    10.2495/wm080741
  8. Vila, C.; Fiúza, A.. "Respirometry studies in a hydrocarbon-contaminated sandy soil". 2004.
Journal article
  1. Fiúza, A; Leite, Alexandre; Lurdes Dinis, M.; Futuro, A.; Figueiredo, J.. Corresponding author: Fiúza, A. "Quantitative Risk Assessment of Environmental Hazards Generated by a Tailings Embankment: case study Cabeço do Pião, Portugal". BOLETÍN GEOLÓGICO Y MINERO 132 4 (2021): 465-486. http://dx.doi.org/10.21701/bolgeomin.132.4.006.
    Published • 10.21701/bolgeomin.132.4.006
  2. Vila, M. C.. "Appraisal of the Laboratory-Scale Tests for Bioleaching of Low-Grade Heavy Metal-(oid) s Resources". Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 232 7 (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-021-05226-9.
    10.1007/s11270-021-05226-9
  3. Lopes, Ana Rita; Madureira, Diana; Diaz, Ana; Santos, Sílvia; Vila, Maria Cristina; Nunes, Olga Cristina. "Characterisation of bacterial communities from an active mining site and assessment of its potential metal solubilising activity". Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 8 6 (2020): 104495. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2020.104495.
    10.1016/j.jece.2020.104495
  4. Dinis, M.; António Fiúza; Aurora Futuro Silva; Alexandre Leite; Martins, D.; Figueiredo, J.; Joaquim Góis; Maria Cristina Vila. "Characterization of a mine legacy site: an approach for environmental management and metals recovery". (2020): https://hdl.handle.net/10216/125785.
    10.1007/s11356-019-06987-x
  5. Maria de Lurdes Dinis; António Fiúza; Aurora Futuro Silva; Alexandre Leite; Diogo Martins; Janine Figueiredo; Joaquim Góis; Maria Cristina Vila. "Characterization of a mine legacy site: an approach for environmental management and metals recovery". (2020): https://hdl.handle.net/10216/125785.
    10.1007/s11356-019-06987-x
  6. Ana Paula Chung; Carina Coimbra; Pedro Farias; Romeu Francisco; Rita Branco; Francisco V. Simão; Elsa Gomes; et al. "Tailings microbial community profile and prediction of its functionality in basins of tungsten mine". Scientific Reports (2019): https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-55706-6.
    10.1038/s41598-019-55706-6
  7. Leitão, P.; Futuro, A.; Vila, C.; Dinis, L.; Danko, A.; Fiúza, A.. "Direct Pressure Alkaline Leaching of Scheelite Ores and Concentrates". Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration 36 5 (2019): 993-1002. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85069505911&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1007/s42461-019-00109-4
  8. Janine Figueiredo; Maria Cristina Vila; Joaquim Góis; Bárbara Pavani Biju; Aurora Futuro Silva; Diogo Martins; Maria de Lurdes Dinis; António Fiúza. "Bi-level depth assessment of an abandoned tailings dam aiming its reprocessing for recovery of valuable metals". (2019): https://hdl.handle.net/10216/121235.
    10.1016/j.mineng.2018.12.016
  9. Janine Figueiredo; Maria Cristina Vila; António Fiúza; Joaquim Góis; Aurora Futuro Silva; Maria de Lurdes Dinis; Diogo Martins. "A Holistic Approach in Re-mining Old Tailings Deposits for the Supply of Critical-Metals: A Portuguese Case Study". (2019): https://hdl.handle.net/10216/125787.
    10.3390/min9100638
  10. Janine Figueiredo; Maria Cristina Vila; Kristina Matos; Diogo Martins; Aurora Futuro; Maria de Lurdes Dinis; Joaquim Góis; Alexandre Leite; António Fiúza. "Tailings reprocessing from Cabeço do Pião dam in Central Portugal: A kinetic approach of experimental data". Journal of Sustainable Mining 17 3 (2018): 139-144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsm.2018.07.001.
    10.1016/j.jsm.2018.07.001
  11. Sousa, R.; Futuro, A.; Fiúza, A.; Vila, M.C.; Dinis, M.L.. "Bromine leaching as an alternative method for gold dissolution". Minerals Engineering 118 (2018): 16-23. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85040073866&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1016/j.mineng.2017.12.019
  12. Reichel, Susan; Martin, Mirko; Bryan, Christopher G.; Vila, Cristina; Fiúza, António; Reimer, Wolfgang. "Innovative biohydrometallurgical approaches in the EU project FAME". 262 SSP (2017): 307-310. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85028968305&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    Published • 10.4028/www.scientific.net/ssp.262.307
  13. Maria Manuela Carvalho; Maria Cristina Vila; Cristina Delerue Matos; Maria Teresa Oliva Teles; António Fiúza. "Assisted bioremediation tests on three natural soils contaminated with benzene". EURASIAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE (EJSS) 4 3 (2015): 153-153. https://doi.org/10.18393%2Fejss.2015.3.153-160.
    10.18393/ejss.2015.3.153-160
  14. Maria Manuela Carvalho; Maria Cristina Vila; Fernanda Rohden; Mónica Rosas; Joana Dias; Teresa Oliva-Teles; Anthony Danko; Cristina Delerue-Matos; António Fiuza. "How the sorption of benzene in soils contaminated with aromatic hydrocarbons is affected by the presence of biofuels". EURASIAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE (EJSS) 4 2 (2015): 111-111. https://doi.org/10.18393%2Fejss.42200.
    10.18393/ejss.42200
  15. Cristina Vila, M.; Soeiro De Carvalho, J.; Futuro Da Silva, A.; Fiúza, A.. "Preventing acid mine drainage from mine tailings". WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment 109 (2008): 729-738. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-58849115025&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.2495/WM080741
  16. Fiúza, A.M.A.; Vila, M.C.C.. "An insight into soil bioremediation through respirometry". Environment International 31 2 (2005): 179-183. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-12344289291&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1016/j.envint.2004.09.013
Activities

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2017 - 2020/09/04 Reprocessamento de Rejeitados: uma Análise de Otimização Multicritério como Ferramenta de Gestão Integrada
Supervisor
Engenharia de Minas e Georrecursos (PhD)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2020 - 2020 Bio and phytoremediation of soils contaminated with hydrocarbons
Supervisor
Ciências e Tecnologia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2018 - 2018 Estudo da Implementação de Sistemas Naturais de Tratamento de Águas Residuais no Tratamento de Efluentes de Caudais Variáveis. O Caso de Estudo da "BoomLand"
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2018 - 2018 Effect of salt impacted soils on the bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon compounds
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2017 - 2017 Water Contamination in the Area of a Landfill Coal Ash In God
Supervisor
Engenharia de Minas e Geoambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2017 - 2017 Aplicação de Eletro-Reabilitação a Solos Contaminados com Tricloroetileno
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2016 - 2016 Waste Management in the Scope of a Gold Mine Project- Prediction of Acid drainage and Study of Mitigation Solutions
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2016 - 2016 Modelação Hidrodinâmica de uma Região Contaminada com Metais Pesados
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2015 - 2015 Aplicación de Técnicas Biológicas en la Remediación de Suelos Contaminados con Benceno y Biodiésel
Supervisor
Ciências e Tecnologia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2015 - 2015 Tratamento de efluentes gasosos provenientes da bioventilação de solos contaminados com compostos orgânicos
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2015 - 2015 Plano ambiental e de recuperação paisagística de um campo de exploração de uma concessão mineira de caulino
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2013 - 2013 Monotorização do efeito da difusão do oxigénio na drenagem mineira ácida
Supervisor
Engenharia do Ambiente (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
Distinctions

Award

2020 Certificate of Scientific Recognition
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2019 Pedagogical Recognition Diploma
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal