Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: Maria de Fátima
Surnames: Duarte de Araújo
Born: April 6, 1955, Lisbon. Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6204
Fax: +351 21 994 6184
Email: faraujo (add


  • 06/1989 – PhD in Chemistry, University of Antwerp (UIA), Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 1978 – Graduation in Chemical Engineering, IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since 2006 – Senior Researcher, Group of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1991-2006 – Auxiliary Researcher, ITN, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1981-1991 – Research Assistant, ICEN, LNETI, Sacavém, Portugal.

Fellowships and Training

  • 10/1993 – "Chemistry of Aquatic Systems: Local and Global Perspectives", Environment Institute, Joint Research Center, Commission of the European Communities, Ispra, Italy.
  • 05-06/1989 – "Short Course on Trace Element Speciation", University of Antwerp (UIA), Belgium.
  • 08-09/1987 – NATO Advanced Study Institute on "X-ray Spectroscopy in Atomic and Solid State Physics", Vimeiro, Portugal.
  • 05-06/1984 – "International Training Course on Research and Application of Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Analysis", National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • 05-06/1982 – "International Training Course on Radiochemistry", Institute for Isotope and Radiation Research, Leipzig, German Democratic Republic.
  • 10/1982-01/1983 – Energy and Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometries of archaeological and museological artefacts, "Laboratoire de Recherche des Musées de France", Paris, France.

Membership of Professional Societies

  • Grupo de Geoquímica da Sociedade Geológica de Portugal, Portugal.
  • Associação de Arqueólogos Portugueses, Portugal.
  • Ordem dos Engenheiros, Portugal.

Scientific Specialization

  • Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Sediment Geochemistry and Archaeometallurgy.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Elemental and isotopic analysis and its application in Environmental, Earth and Material Sciences. Scientific activity has been focused on Sediment Geochemistry research carried out along the main Iberian drainage basins and adjacent shelf to understand the main factors that influence sediment composition during transport and deposition.
  • Studies of metallic artefacts with archaeological and museological interest, based on non-invasive, microanalytical and microstructural techniques to establish their provenance, fabrication technologies and corrosion processes.
  • She is the leader of the Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Group since 1998.

Teaching Activities

  • Since 2003, she has been collaborating with the Conservation and Restoration Department of the New University of Lisbon.
  • Since 2003, she has collaborated in several Master Courses of the University of Lisbon: Applied Analytical Chemistry, Applied Chemistry to the Cultural Heritage, Applied and Economical Geology and Prehistory and Archaeology.

Participation in Projects

  • CISTER: Center for Isotopic and Trace Element, REEQ/618/CTE/2005, (2006-2008), Co-ordinator: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • CRIDA: Consequences of River Discharge Modifications on Coastal Zone and Continental Shelf, PLE/8/00 (2001- 2005). Co-ordinator M. Fátima Araújo.
  • ENVI-CHANGES: Late Quaternary Environmental Changes from Estuarine and Continental Shelf Sedimentary Record, PLE/12/00 (2001- 2005). Co-ordinator: M.Teresa Drago, IPIMAR; ITN: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • PALEONAZ: Paleoenvironmental evolution of the Nazaré coastal plain since the LateGlacial, PTDC/CTE-GEX/65789/2006, (2008-2010), Co-ordinator: M. Conceição Freitas, DG/FCUL; Responsável no ITN: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • METABRONZE: Metallurgy and Society in Central Portugal Late Bronze Age, POCTI/HAR/58678/2004, (2005-2008), Co-ordinator: J.C. Senna-Martinez; ITN: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • Os sedimentos Silto-Argilosos no Conhecimento da Dinâmica Sedimentar e Evolução Recente da Margem Continental Oeste Portuguesa, PBICT/C/MAR/2248/95 (1996-1998) Co-ordinator M. Teresa Drago, Museu Nacional de História Natural; ITN: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • Biological Chemistry of Vanadium: Implications and Applications, PBICT/QUI/1650/93, Co-ordinator: J.J. Fraústo da Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, ITN: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • Heavy Metal Pollution in the Trancão River Basin: Soils, sediments and water resources, JNICT/DGA PEAM/P/GAG/226/93, Co-ordinator: M. Fátima Araújo.
  • Characterization of the Sedimentary Dynamics Elemental Tracers on the Portuguese Northern Shelf, JNICT PMCT/P/MAR/706/90, Co-ordinator: M. Fátima Araújo.

Scientific Works

  • PhD thesis: Tube excited energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence: methodology and applications to the characterization of sediments, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen (UIA), Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Author or co-author of more than 60 original publications in Refereed Journals.
  • About 80 lectures, oral presentations and communications in national and international scientific conferences.

5 Selected Publications

  • E. Figueiredo, R.J.C. Silva, J. C. Senna-Martinez, M. Fátima Araújo, F. M. Braz Fernandes, J. L. Inês Vaz, Smelting and recycling evidences from the Late Bronze Age habitat site of Baiões (Viseu, Portugal), Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (2010) 1623–1634.
    Journal impact factor: 1.889, Citations: 13.
  • D. Burdloff, M. F. Araújo, J.-M. Jouanneau, I. Mendes, A. M. Monge Soares, J.M.A. Dias, Organic carbon sources to the Northern and Southwestern Portuguese shelf sediments, Applied Geochemistry, 23 (2008) 2857-2870.
    Journal impact factor: 1.708, Citations: 9.
  • P. Valério, R.J.C. Silva, A.M.M. Soares, M.F. Araújo, F.M. Braz Fernandes,, Technological continuity in Early Iron Age bronze metallurgy at the South-Western Iberian Peninsula – a sight from Castro dos Ratinhos, Journal of Archaeological Science (2010) 37/8, 1811-1819.
    Journal impact factor: 1.889, Citations: 7.
  • J.M. De la Rosa, M.F. Araújo, J.A. González-Pérez, F.J. González-Vila, A.M. Soares, J.M. Martins, E. Leorri,, Organic matter sources for tidal marsh sediment over the past two millennia in the Minho River estuary (NW Iberian Peninsula) Organic Geochemistry, 53 (2012) 16-24.
    Journal impact factor: 2.518, Citations: 2.

Other Publications

  • D. Burdloff, M.F. Araújo, J.-M. Jouanneau, I. Mendes, A. M. Monge Soares, J.M.A. Dias, Organic carbon sources to the Northern and Southwestern Portuguese Shelf Sediments  (2008). Applied Geochemistry (doi: 10.1016/j.ageochem.2008.04.018).
  • E. Figueiredo, P. Valério, M.F. Araújo, J.C. Senna-Martinez, Micro-XRF surface analyses of a bronze spear head: lead content in metal and corrosion layers  (2007). NIM A, 580, 725-727.
  • R. Gonzalez, M.F. Araújo, D. Burdloff, M. Cachão, J.P. Cascalho, C. Corredeira, J.M.A. Dias, C. Fradique, J. Ferreira, C. Gomes, A. Machado, I. Mendes, F. Rocha, Sediment and pollutant transport in the Northern Gulf of Cadiz: A multi-proxy approach  (2007). Journal of Marine Systems, 68, 1-23.
  • M.F. Araújo, A. Conceição, T. Barbosa, M.T. Lopes, M. Humanes, Elemental Composition of Marine Sponges from the Berlengas Natural Park, Western Portuguese Coast (2003). X-Ray Spectrometry 32, 428-433.
  • M.F. Araújo, J.-M. Jouanneau, P. Valério, T. Barbosa, A. Gouveia, O. Weber, A. Oliveira, A. Rodrigues, J.M.A.Dias, Geochemical Tracers of Northern Portuguese Estuarine Sediments on the Shelf  (2002). Progress in Oceanography, 52, 277-297.