Helena Gomez

Helena I Gomes

Research Associate

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Environmental Sciences


01482 466600

Helena Gomes is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hull whose background is in environmental engineering.

She is currently working on the UK Natural Environment Research Council-funded project R3AW: Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes.

Helena worked for six years in environmental consultancy and GIS project management. She was the program manager for a public company, handling the environmental and radiological monitoring of abandoned uranium mines in Portugal.

As a PhD candidate, she was a visiting researcher at Lehigh University, USA; Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark and Málaga University, Spain.


Research Interests

  • Sustainable remediation, treatment trains, combined technologies

  • Emerging contaminants

  • Spatial analysis and modeling of environmental contamination

  • Waste management

  • Recovery of metals from waste streams

  • Life cycle assessment

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Long-term environmental monitoring


Gomes, H.I., Rogerson, M., Burke, I.T., Stewart, D.I., Mayes, W.M. (2017) 'Hydraulic and biotic impacts on neutralisation of high-pH waters'. Science of the Total Environment 601-602C pp. 1271-1279

Gomes, H.I., Jones, A., Rogerson, M., Greenway, G. M., Fernandez Lisbona, D., Burke, I. T., & Mayes, W. M. (2017) 'Removal and recovery of vanadium from alkaline steel slag leachates with anion exchange resins'. Journal of Environmental Management 187, 384-392

Gomes, H. I., Jones, A., Rogerson, M., Burke, I. T., & Mayes, W. M. (2016) 'Vanadium removal and recovery from bauxite residue leachates by ion exchange'. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 23034-23042. doi:10.1007/s11356-016-7514-

Gomes, H.I., Mayes, W.M., Rogerson, M., Stewart, D.I., Burke, I.T.(2016) 'Alkaline residues and the environment: A review of impacts, management practices and opportunities'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, Part 4, 3571-3582. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.09.111

Gomes, H. I., Dias-Ferreira, C., Ottosen, L. M., & Ribeiro, A. B. (2014) 'Electrodialytic remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls contaminated soil with iron nanoparticles and two different surfactants'. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 433, 189-195

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Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Masters in Geographical Information Systems and Science

  • PhD in Environment from the New University of Lisbon

Awards and accolades

Research grants as Principal Investigator

  • June 2013, FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation) grant to present two talks in EREM 2013 International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (€800)

  • January 2012 – September 2014, PhD scholarship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) (total €37,105)


  • June 2013, 3rd Place in the American Corners Prize in the areas of Science, Technology, Economics and Humanities, promoted by the United States Embassy

  • June 2005, National Research Prize on Waste Management “Lobato de Faria” (€10,000)

  • November 2000, 3rd Place in the Environmental Engineering best student award by the New University of Lisbon (€200)

  • July 1999, Merit scholarship by the New University of Lisbon (€5,400)