4th International Caparica Conference on Pollutant Toxic Ions and Molecules 2021

31st October – 04th November 2021 | Caparica | Portugal

Dear Colleagues and friends

Pollutants, inorganic or organic, ionic or neutral, have the unmistakeable sign of men kind. They are the slow dead, which kills the life in our planet, kills our kids too, and kills us as well. Does life in Earth have a chance? This is a difficult question to answer.

The pollution is so intense in some places of our planet that life has become compromise in them.

A recent study involving more than 30 000 women in the USA suggests that endocrine-disrupting pollutants, EDPs, are linked to earlier menopause. Just as another study done over 2 732 women suggesting that polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals has the same effects as EDPs. And what to say about the recent report alerting the raising mercury content in tuna at a level of 3.8% per year since 1998? Countless examples can be given.

The question still remains: are humans driving the planet till dead?


This question will be answered, or better to say, try to be answered during the 4th International Conference on Pollutant Toxic Ions and Molecules, PTIM2021 that will be held in October/ November 2021 in Caparica, Portugal.

Yours truly
J. L. Capelo

C. Lodeiro
Conference chairs
On behalf of the organizing and scientific committee

30/09/2021 – At this moment only poster communications are accepted.

Plenary Speakers

Damià Barceló, PhD

Affiliation: Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), H2O Building, Girona; Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA)- CSIC, Barcelona (Spain)

Title:  Assessment of treatment technologies such as AOPs, Biological, and Constructed wetlands for removal of pharmaceuticals in wastewaters.

Irene M. C. Lo, PhD

Affiliation: Institute For Advanced Study (IAS), The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (China)

Title:  Current development and challenges of advanced oxidation process for emerging pollutant degradation, bacteria disinfection and energy production for wastewater treatment.

Julia Y. Ljubimova, PhD

Affiliation: Terasaki Institute, Los Angeles CA (USA)

Title: Genomic/proteomic changes in rat/mouse brain after chronic exposure to particulate matter in Los Angeles basin air. Correlation with human pathologies.

Erika Kothe, PhD

Affiliation: Friedrich Schiller Jena University (Germany)

Title: Heavy metal resistance in streptomycetes: molecular evidence.

Michael Gochfeld, PhD

Affiliation: Rutgers University (USA)

Title: History of Risk Assessment for Human Exposures.

José Luis Gómez Ariza, PhD

Affiliation: University of Huelva (Spain)

Title: Omics methodologies for the study of pollution on aging and its neurodegenerative pathologies.


Affiliation: XXX

Title: Avaliable soon.

Keynote Speakers

Artur Badyda, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Informatics and Environment Quality Research, Faculty of Building Services, Hydro- and Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)

Title: Influence of selected air pollutants on the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Franz Jirsa, PhD

Affiliation: Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna (Austria)

Title: Heavy Metals in the Crocodile River System, South Africa.

Staci L. Simonich, PhD MBA

Affiliation: Oregon State University (USA)

Title: Recent Advances in the Remediation of PAH Contaminated Sites.

Hugo M. Santos, PhD

Affiliation: NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal)

Title: Avaliable soon.

Jakub Zdarta, PhD

Affiliation: Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Poznan University of Technology (Poland)

Title: Achievements and challenges in the biocatalytic conversion of micropollutants from water and wastewater.

Philiswa Nomngongo, PhD

Affiliation: University of Johannesbourg (South Africa) 

Title: Occurrence of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, parabens, anticonvulsants and β-blocker residues in environmental samples.

Joanna Burguer, PhD

Affiliation: Rutgers University (USA)

Title: Optimizing the role of ecological assessment in remediation decisions.

Yongchun Zhao, PhD

Affiliation: Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)

Title: Avaliable soon.

Ruth Fernandez Torres, PhD

Affiliation: University of Sevila (Spain)

Title: Metabolism and tissue distribution of pharmacologically active compounds in mammals exposed to chemical cocktails.

Sakaki Shigeyoshi, PhD

Affiliation: Kyoto University (Japan)

Title: Avaliable soon.

Tamara Garcia Barrera, PhD

Affiliation: Universisty of Huelva (Spain)

Title: Antagonistic action of selenium against the exposure to “chemical cocktails” and the role of gut microbiota combining metallomics, metabolomics and microbiota profiling.


Affiliation: XXX

Title: Avaliable soon.

Symposium Subjects

  • Metal ions, Organic ions, Inorganic ions, Toxic Molecules
  • Methods of analysis
  • Monitoring systems
  • Remediation and Bioremediation
  • Waste management
  • Catalytic elimination
  • Restoration and treatment of contamined sites
  • Environmental contamination, control, prevention
  • Emerging pollutants
  • Health effects
  • Medical treatments

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We look forward to seeing you soon.

With kindest regards