Dr Chamindra Vithana




2014 - PhD (SCU)- "Assessment and behaviour of secondary iron(III) minerals in acid sulfate soil materials"

2009 - Master of Science (Research)- Monash University, Australia -"Microbial activity associated nutrient release from the sediments of the Ornamental Lake, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia"

2004 - Bachelor of Science (BSc) - University of Sri Jayawardenapure (USJP, Sri Lanka)

E: chamindra.vithana@scu.edu.au

Research interests / background

My primary research interest is on understanding the various geochemical processes in terrestrial and aquatic environments. I would also like to apply my knowledge to understand and to address the water quality hazards faced by both terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Key Research Interests:

  • Acid sulfate soils
  • Arsenic and other heavy metals in soil materials and plants
  • Effect of climate change on geochemistry of terrestrial environments
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in natural environments
  • Soil carbon and carbon cycling in natural environments


Journal articles


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Shepherd T. (2017). Effect of schwertmannite and jarosite on the formation of hypoxic blackwater during inundation of grass material. Water Research, 124C: 1-10.


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Burton E.D., Bush R.T. (2015) Stability of schwertmannite and jarosite in an acidic landscape: Prolonged field incubation. Geoderma 239-240: 47-57. (2012 ERAID 5257- FOR 05)

Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2015). Schwertmannite in soil materials: Limits of detection of acidified ammonium oxalate method and differential X-ray diffraction. Geoderma 249-250: 51-60. (2012 ERAID 5257- FOR 05)


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2014) Jarosite quantification in soils: An enhanced sequential extraction procedure. Applied Geochemsitry 51, 130-138. (2012 ERAID 1892 - FOR 0402)

Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Burton E.D., Bush R.T. (2014) Liberation of acidity and arsenic from schwertmannite: Effect of fulvic acid. Chemical Geology, 372: 1-11. (2012 ERAID 1893 - FOR 0402)


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2013) Acidity fractions in acid sulfate soils and sediments: contributions of schwertmannite and jarosite. Soil Research 51(3) 203-214 (2012 ERA 5248 - FOR MD)

Conference Proceedings


Vithana C.L., Johnston S.G. (2017) Partitioning and mobility of coprecipitated Cu and Sb in schwertmannite after thermal transformation. In Proceedings of 14th ICOBTE 2017 Conference. 16th-20th July 2017, ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland.


Vithana C., Sullivan L., Bush R., Burton E. (2014) Evaluation of acidified ammonium oxalate technique for the identification of schwertmannite in soil materials. In: "Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Acid Sulfate Soils". 20th-21st May 2014, Perth, Australia.


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Burton E.D., Bush R.T. (2013) Effect of fulvic acid on liberation of acidity and arsenic from arsenic substituted schwertmannite. In Proceedings of CleanUp 2013 Conference. 16-18th September 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2012) A critical evaluation of Retained Acidity (RA) estimating methods in Acid Base Account (ABA) approach for Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS). 3rd National Acid Sulfate Soil Conference, 06-07th March 2012, Melbourne, Victoria.

Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2012). Understanding the behaviour of schwertmannite and jarosite in acid sulfate soils. CRC CARE Communicate 2012, 18-19th September 2012, Adelaide, South Australia.


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2011) Readily available acidity in schwertmannite. In Proceedings of Goldschmidt Conference. 14-19th August 2011, Prague, Czech Republic.

Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Bush R.T., Burton E.D. (2011) Underestimation of Retained Acidity measured using chromium suite in acid sulfate soils containing schwertmannite and jarosite. In Proceedings of CleanUp 2011 Conference. 11-15th September 2011, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.


Vithana C.L., Sullivan L.A.., Bush R.T., Burton E.D., Johnston S.G. (2010) Quantifying Retained Acidity in acid sulfate soil materials: an evaluation of routine methods. In Proceedings of 19th World Congress of Soil Science Conference. 02-06th August 2010, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.