Dr Niloofar Karimian

Niloofar KarimianDr Niloofar Karimian

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

t: +61 410227067
e: niloofar.karimian@scu.edu.au

ORCID

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Niloofar_Karimian

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=M0Fd1DcAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Education

  • PhD  Environmental Geochemistry,  (2013- 2017) under the supervision of Professor Scott Johnston and Professor Edward Burton, Southern Cross GeoScience, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia. (Project title: Iron, sulfur and trace metals geochemistry during redox oscillations in freshwater re-flooded acid sulfate soil wetlands.)
  • Master of Science, Soil Science engineering: Soil chemistry and fertility
  • Bachelor of Science, Soil Science engineering

Research interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling of iron and sulfur in acid sulfate soil wetlands and acid mine drainage affected environments.
  • Transformations of minerals under fluctuating redox conditions.
  • Geochemical behaviour and redox transformation of trace metals and metalloids such as arsenic and antimony in soils and sediments.
  • Antimony speciation and fate in anoxic aqueous environments and its interactions with the sulfur cycle.

Awards and honours

  1. Top reviewer in Publons' global Peer Review Awards (2018)
  2. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS183/XAS/14097). ‘Closer look at geochemical behaviour of antimony in iron and natural organic matter-rich wetlands: 1. Antimony K-edge XAS (Lead Investigator), November 2018. 64 hours ($ AUD 65,568.00)
  3. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS183/XAS/14133). ‘Closer look at geochemical behaviour of antimony in iron and natural organic matter-rich wetlands: 2. Iron K-edge XAS (Lead Investigator), October 2018. 64 hours ($ AUD 65,568.00)
  4. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS182/XAS/13322). ‘Resolving fire-induced electron transfer to As(V)-ferrihydrite and goethite (Co-investigator), July 2018, 96 hours. ($ AUD 98,352.00)
  5. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS173/XAS/12396). ‘Resolving the impact of microbial iron(III) reduction on subsurface antimony mobility: 1. Antimony K-edge XAS (Co-investigator), April 2018, 96 hours. ($ AUD 98,352.00)
  6. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS181/XAS/13073). ‘Resolving the impact of microbial iron(III) reduction on subsurface antimony mobility: 2. Iron K-edge XAS’ (Co-investigator), February 2018. ($ AUD 65,568.00)
  7. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS181/XAS/ 12121). ‘An integrated Fe and Cr K-edge XAS study of the Fe(II)-catalysed transformation of Cr(VI)-incorporated schwertmannite’(Co-investigator), 2017, 64 hours ( $ AUD 46,800).
  8. The Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding PhD Thesis. Southern Cross University, December 2017.
  9. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS173/XAS/12396). ‘Using XANES spectroscopy to quantify Cr(VI) formation during thermal transformation of Cr(III)-Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides’ (Co-investigator), October 2017, 96 hours.
  10. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS173/XAS/12507). ‘Antimony speciation during the iron(II)-induced transformation of antimony(V)-bearing ferrihydrite’ (Co-investigator), September 2017, 48 hours.
  11. Best oral presentation (antimony symposium) in ICOBTE conference, Zurich, 2017. (~300 AUD)
  12. Sothern Cross Geoscience staff conference assistance award, May 2017. (1000 AUD).
  13. Sothern Cross University student conference assistance award, April 2017. (1000 AUD).
  14. ISTEB travel awards to support expenses for attending the International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE), 2017 in ETH Zurich. (2000 AUD).
  15. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) travel bursary to attend the New User Symposium (NUS2016), Melbourne, Australia (6th September, 2016) (~ 700 AUD).
  16. Taiwan Synchrotron Light Source (2014-2-012-1) "An XAS K-edge investigation of Fe, As and Sb speciation during Fe(II)-catalysed transformation of jarosite" 2014, 144 hours. (Co-investigator)
  17. Southern Cross Geoscience Ph.D. Scholarship (3 YEARS) (AUD $98000).

Publications

Journal articles

  • Burton, E.D., Choppala, G., Karimian, N. and Johnston, S.G. (2019) A new pathway for hexavalent chromium formation in soil: Fire-induced alteration of iron oxides. Environmental Pollution 247, 618-625. (JIF 5.2)
  • Burton, E.D., Choppala, G., Vithana, C.L., Karimian, N., Hockmann, K. and Johnston, S.G. (2019) Chromium(VI) formation via heating of Cr(III)-Fe(III)-(oxy)hydroxides: A pathway for fire-induced soil pollution. Chemosphere 222, 440-444. (JIF 4.2)
  • Burton, E.D., Hockmann, K., Karimian, N. and Johnston, S.G. (2018) Antimony mobility in reducing environments: The effect of microbial iron(III)-reduction and associated secondary mineralization. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. (doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2018.11.005)
  • Karimian, N., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., 2018. Iron and sulfur cycling in acid sulfate soil wetlands under dynamic redox conditions: a review, Chemosphere. 197 (2018) 1-14. (JIF 4.2)
  • Johnston, S., Bennett, W., Burton, E., Hockmann, K., Dawson, N., Karimian, N., 2018. Rapid arsenic(V)-reduction by fire in schwertmannite-rich soil enhances arsenic mobilisation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 227(2018) 1-18.(JIF 4.7)
  • Karimian, N., Johnston, S.G. and Burton, E.D. (2018) Antimony and arsenic partitioning during Fe2+-induced transformation of jarosite under acidic conditions. Chemosphere 195, 515-523. (JIF 4.2)
  • Karimian, N., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., 2017. Antimony and Arsenic Behavior during Fe(II)-Induced Transformation of Jarosite, Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (2017) 4259-4268. (JIF 6.2)
  • Karimian, N., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., 2017. Effect of cyclic redox oscillations on water quality in freshwater acid sulfate soil wetlands. Science of the Total Environment, 581–582: 314-327. (JIF 4.9)
  • Karimian, N., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., 2017. Acidity generation accompanying iron and sulfur transformations during drought simulation of freshwater re-flooded acid sulfate soils. Geoderma, 285: 117-131.(JIF 4.03)
  • Karimian, N., Kalbasi, M., Hajrasouliha., S., 2012. Effect of acidified converter sludge on some chemical characteristics of selected calcareous soils from central Iran. African journal of agricultural sciences. Vol. 7(4), pp. 568-576.

Conferences

  • Karimian N., Burton E.D., 2018. Antimony behaviour during transformation of ferrihydrite under reducing conditions. “IMA2018”. 13-17 August. Melbourne, Australia. (Oral presentation)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2017. Effect of pH on As and Sb behaviour during transformation of jarosite. In: “ICOBTE Conference”. 16-20 July 2017. Zurich, Switzerland. (Oral presentation)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2017. As and Sb behaviour post freshwater restoration of the jarosite and Fe(II)-rich  ASS/AMD-affected wetlands. In: “Goldschmidt Conference” 13-18 August, Paris, France. (Poster presentation)
  •  Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2016. Extreme redox oscillations in fresh water re-flooded acid sulfate soil wetlands: Effects on Fe, S and trace metals speciation. In: “Goldschmidt Conference”. 26 June - 4 July 2016. Yokohama, Japan. (Oral presentation)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2015. Potential risk assessment of re-flooded freshwater acid sulfate soil wetlands affected by drought. In: “SCPR and Practice Conferernce”18-19 June, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia. (Oral presentation)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2015. Impact of Fe (II) concentration and pH on transformation of As/Sb bearing jarosite. In: “Goldschmidt Conference 2015”. 16-21 August. Prague. (Oral presentation)
  •  Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2015. Effect of an Fe2+ gradient on the transformation of As/Sb co-precipitated jarosite. In: “RISE conference, Southern Cross University”. 21-22 October. Lismore, Australia. (Poster)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D., 2015. Acidity generation accompanying iron and sulfur transformations during drought simulation of freshwater re-flooded acid sulfate soils. In: “RISE conference, Southern Cross University”. 21-22 October. Lismore, Australia. (Oral presentation)
  • Karimian N., Johnston S.G., Burton E.D. (2014). Kinetics and magnitude of acidity generation during simulated oxidation of re-flooded freshwater acid sulfate soils. In: "Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Acid Sulfate Soils". 20th-21st May 2014, Perth, Australia. (Oral presentation)

Dissertations

  • PhD thesis: Karimian N., 2017, 'Iron, sulfur and trace metals geochemistry during redox oscillations in freshwater re-flooded acid sulfate soil wetlands', PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
  • Master’s thesis - Karimian N. Kalbasi M, Hajrasoolia Sh., 2011, ‘Effect of acidified converter sludge on some chemical characteristics of selected calcareous soils from central Iran’. Azad university of Esfahan, (Khorasan branch).

 

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