MONITOOL project participation in the Summer Internships Program 2022 of the IST (Lisbon)
The MONITOOL project participated, through its project partner Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), in the Summer Internships Program 2022, promoted by the Chemical Engineering Department of IST.
For two weeks (11th – 22nd July), a BSc. Student of Chemical Engineering engaged in the laboratory analysis of spot water samples collected by MONITOOL partners upon extension of the project. Aiming at identifying higher levels of contamination of Cd, Ni and Pb, the student used electroanalytical techniques such as anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) for the quantification of Cd and Pb concentrations, either using the Hg-drop or the Hg thin-film electrodes. As to Ni, adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) with a Hg-drop electrode was used for its determination.
During the internship, supervised by Prof. Margarida Correia dos Santos and Dr. Carlos Monteiro, the student could get additional laboratory training with a focus on analytical chemistry aspects such as the quality control of the analyses. In addition, the student could understand the aims of MONITOOL project and its contribution to monitoring the aquatic environment.