Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)

Name: Maria Irene
Surnames: Pais Lopes
Born: 28-03-1970, Lisbon, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351-21 994 6310
Telefax: +351-21 994 1995
E-mail: ilopes (add
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  • 2001 – PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, FC, UL, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1993 – Graduate in Chemical Engineering, FCT, UNL, Lisbon, Portugal.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since 10/2010 – Graduated Technician, Environmental Radioactivity Group (ERG), Unit of Radiological Protection and Safety (UPSR), Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém.
  • 04/2005-10/2010 – Collaborator (ITN contract), UPSR/ITN, Sacavém.
  • 01/2002 - 03/2005 – Post-doc fellowship from FCT, Department of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (DPRSN), ITN, Sacavém.
  • 07/2001-12/2001– ITN fellowship, DPRSN/ITN, Sacavém.
  • 01/2001-07/2001 – ITN contract, DPRSN/ITN, Sacavém.
  • 01/1997-12/2000 – PhD fellowship from FCT, Group of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry (GIOC), ITN, Sacavém.
  • 06/1996-12/1996 – ITN fellowship, GIOC, ITN, Sacavém.
  • 07/1994-06/1996 – JTI fellowship, GIOC, ITN, Sacavém.


  • 04/2015 – Management of Contaminated Consummer Goods after a Radiological or Nuclear Accident Workshop, IST, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 04/2014 – Management of Contaminated Foods and Feed after a Radiological or Nuclear Accident Workshop, IST, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 10/2013 – ICS-REM comparisons for radioactivity in the environment and food workshop, Geel, Belgium.
  • 05/2013 – Flexible Accreditation Requirements and Gains, Relacre, Lisboa.
  • 03/2013 – Plastic Scintillation in Practice International Workshop, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.
  • 04-05/2011 – Radiological Protection and Safety, ITN_UPSR, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 03/2011 –Validation of Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis Laboratories, Lisboa.
  • 02-03/2011 – Training in the IAEA framework project Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Sustainability and Self-Reliance, Central Mining Institute, Katowice, Polónia.
  • 02/2011 – "Prevenção de Incêndios", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 11/2009 – Workshop on "Rapid Analytical Methods for Determination of Radionuclides in Environmental Samples", Budapest, Hungary.
  • 11/2009 – "Auditorias a Sistemas de Gestão", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 11/2009 – "Auditorias para Auditados", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 03/2009 – "Segurança em Laboratórios", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 11/2008 – Metrology in Chemistry - TrainMic, FC/ UL, Lisboa.
  • 11/2008 – International standard ISO/IEC 17025, ITN, Sacavém.
  • 05/2008 – Eichrom Environment Users Group Meeting, Madrid.
  • 09/2007 – "Cromatografia Líquida de Alta Eficiência - HPLC", Relacre, Lisboa.
  • 03/2006 – Combining and Reporting Analytical Results, Roma.
  • 12/2005 – "Validação de Métodos na Análise Química", Relacre, Lisboa.
  • 12/2004 – "Requisitos Gerais de Competência para Laboratórios: ISO/IEC 17025", Relacre, Lisboa.
  • 03/2003 – "Access-iniciação", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 04/2002 – Risk Assessment Course Uranium Mining Liabilities in Portugal, ITN, Sacavém.
  • 06/1999 – "Segurança em Laboratórios Químicos", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 05/1998 – Synthesis of Organometallic Complexes, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 11/1997 – "Protecção e Segurança Radiológica", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 11/1996 – "Segurança em Laboratórios Químicos", ITN, Sacavém.
  • 07/1996 – "Radiações", ITN, Sacavém.

Scientific Specialization

  • Radiochemistry.
  • Inorganic Chemistry.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Environmental Chemistry.

Participation in Projects

  • PREPARE - Innovative integrated tools and platforms for radiological emergency preparedness and post-accident response in Europe. Coordinator: Pedro Vaz.
  • National environmental radioactivity survey network. Coordinator: M. José Madruga.
  • CAPEX-VPRACOP project. Cooordinator: M. Reis.
  • Epidemiological study of the effects of uranium mining residues. Coordinator: Fernando P. Carvalho.

Scientific Works

  • PhD Thesis: "Reactividade de Compostos de Lantanídeos", FC, UL, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Author or co-author of more than 43 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
  • Participation in 35 national and international conferences.

Selected Publications

  • Implementation of the Quality Management System at the Laboratory of Radiological Protection and Safety (LPSR) in Portugal, I. Lopes, L. Santos, M. Pereira, P. Vaz, J. Alves Accreditation and Quality Assurance 19, 2014, 355-360.
  • Quality Control Assurance of strontium-90 in foodstuffs by LSC, I. Lopes, A. Mourato, J. Abrantes, M. J. Madruga; M. Reis, Appl. Radiat. Isotopes 93, 2014, 29-32.
  • Quality Assurance on Gross-Alpha and Gross-Beta Measurements in Water Samples by LSC I. Lopes; J. Abrantes; J. Melo; M. J. Madruga; M. Reis, Advances in Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry - LSC 2010, ed. Philippe Cassette, , Radiocarbon, 2011, 203-209.
  • Comparative Study of Gross Alpha and Beta Measurements in Drinking Waters J. Melo; I. Lopes; J. Abrantes; M. J. Madruga; M. Reis, Advances in Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry - LSC 2010, ed. Philippe Cassette, Radiocarbon, 2011, 99-105.
  • Determination of 90Sr in Portuguese foodstuffs I. Lopes; M. J. Madruga; A. Mourato; J. Abrantes; M. Reis, J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 286, 335-340 (2010).
  • Application of Liquid Scintillation Counting Technique to Determination of 90Sr in Milk Samples, I. Lopes and M. José Madruga, Radiocarbon, LSC 2008, Advances in Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry ed. J. Eikenberg, M. Jäggi, H. Beer, H. Baehrle, 211-218 (2009).
  • Radiological survey in Tejo River (Portugal) M. José Madruga, M. Manuela Sequeira, Lídia Silva, Irene Lopes, A. Rita Gomes and Filipa Rodrigues, Radioprotection, 44, 171-176 (2009).
  • Measurements of strontium-90 in Portuguese milk samples using Liquid Scintillation Counting Technique, I. Lopes, M. J. Madruga, Radioprotection, 44, 217-220 (2009).
  • Radionuclides from Past Uranium Mining in Rivers of Portugal F. P. Carvalho et al, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 298-314 (2007).
  • Trapping of Anionic Organic Radicals by (TpMe2)2Sm, Ângela Domingos et al, Inorg. Chem. 9415-9424 (2007).
  • Gross a/b Measurements in Drinking Waters by Liquid Scintilation Technique: Validation and Interlaboratory Comparison Data, I. Lopes et al, Combining and Reporting Analytical Results, A. Fajgele, M Belli and U. Sansone Ed., RSC Publishing, 294-300 (2006).
  • Radioactivity in Tejo and Zêzere Rivers, M. José Madruga et al, Radioprotecção, 38-50 (2006).
  • Contamination of Hydrographic Basins in Uranium Mining Areas of Portugal, F. P. Carvalho et al, Uranium in the Environment, Mining Impact and Consequences, Merkel, B. J.; Hasche-Berger, A., Ed. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 691-702 (2005).