One of the group's main focus area is the fate of contaminants, such as radionuclides, heavy metals and organic pollutants, in the environment.
We study the contaminant transformations due to the redox phenomena that take place in the mineral-water interface and interactions with Natural Organic Matter (NOM), as well as the effect of physico-chemical parameters, such as the presence of ligands and ionic strength, on the mobility of pollutants through kinetic, thermodynamic and speciation studies.
Elucidation of the mechanism that dictates contaminant fate in the environment, allows us to develop and test innovative remediation methods for contamination abatement in the natural environment.
My research also involves studies in the filed of used nuclear fuel disposal. We investigate radionuclide interactions with geological media representative of waste disposal sites under relevant conditions (e.g. elevated temperatures, high ionic strength etc.) simulating scenarios of waste leakage.
Of particular interest is also the development of materials for radionuclide retardation in barrier systems within waste repositories and various environmental systems.
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