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2018 ICHMET Conference Program with Abstracts

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2018 ICHMET Schedule

July 22-25, 2018: 2018 ICHMET, UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Athens, GA USA

2018 Technical Session Chairs

  • Fanny Coutelot (SREL) and David F. Alden, P.E. (USA-Tersus Environmental): Remediation of Metal Contaminated Environments
  • Nick Basta (USA-Ohio State University): Bioavailability   
  • Robin Brigmon (USA-SRNL): Metal Accumulation in Biofilms  
  • Ashvini Chauhan (USA-FAMU): “Omics" to the Rescue: (Meta)Genomics, (Meta)Transcriptomics and (Meta)Proteomics Based Understanding on Metal-Microbe Interactions in the Environment
  • Milena Horvat (Slovenia): Toxic Metals and Exposome
  • Dan Kaplan (USA-SRNL) and Nik Qafoku (USA-PNNL): Radionuclides in the Environment
  • Anna Knox (USA-SRNL) and Filip Tack (Belgium): Heavy Metals in Aquatic Environments
  • Yong Sik Ok (Republic of Korea, ICHMET Host 2020), Deyi Hou (China), Meththika Vithanage (Sri Lanka/Australia), Shih-Hao Jien (Taiwan) and Jörg Rinklebe (Germany): Heavy Metals Interactions with Biochar
  • James Ranville (USA-Colorado School of Mines): Analysis of Nanoparticulates and Colloidal Metals Using Advanced ICP-MS Techniques
  • Jörg Rinklebe (Germany) and Anna Knox (USA-SRNL): Biogeochemistry of Heavy Metals in Flooded Soils and Sediments  
  • Kirk Scheckel (USA-EPA) and Dien Li (USA-SRNL): Synchrotron Analysis of Metals in the Environment
  • Magdi Selim (USA-LSU): Retention and Release of Metals in Soils: Modeling Approaches   
  • Charles Turick (USA-SRNL): Environmental Electromicrobiology and Metal Interactions: Mechanisms and Applications
  • Irena Twardowska (Poland) and Filip Tack (Belgium): Metal Transfer from Soil to Plants: Accumulation Properties and Nutritional Needs Versus Food Safety 
  • Xiaoyu Xu (USA-SREL), Jörg Rinklebe (Germany), Michael Bank (Norway), Xingbin Feng (China) and Jerry Lin (USA): Mercury in the Environment

Plenary Speakers

Jörg Rinklebe, Ph.D (Germany) "Metals in Wetland Soils"

Dr. Jörg Rinklebe is a Professor for Soil- and Groundwater-Management at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 1997 to 2006 Dr. Rinklebe has worked as a scientist, research associate and project leader at the Department of Soil Sciences at the UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany. Dr. Rinklebe has studied one year Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. (1992-1993). He has studied Agriculture, specialized in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in Soil Science at the same university. His main research is on wetland soils, sediments, waters, plants, and their pollutions (trace elements and nutrients) and linked biogeochemical issues with a special focus in redox chemistry. He also has a certain expertise in remediation of soils contaminated with toxic elements as well as in soil microbiology. Professor Rinklebe is internationally recognized particularly for his research in the areas of biogeochemistry of trace elements in wetland soils. He published plenty of scientific papers in leading international and national journals, a book entitled "Trace Elements in Waterlogged Soils and Sediments” (2016) as well as numerous book chapters. He is serving as Associate Editor of the international journal Environmental Pollution and as guest editor of the international journals Journal of Hazardous Materials, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere, Journal of Environmental Management, Applied Geochemistry, and Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Also, he is member on serval editorial boards such as Ecotoxicology, Geoderma, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Archive of Agronomy and Soil Science and reviewer for many international journals. He has organized several special symposia at various international conferences such as “Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements” (10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th ICOBTE) and “International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment” (15th, 16th, 17th 18th and 19th ICHMET). He was an invited speaker (plenary and keynote) at many international conferences. In October 2016 he got an appointment as Honorable Ambassador for Gangwon Province, South-Korea. Since March 2017 he is Visiting Professor at the Department of Environment and Energy at Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea and Guest Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Henning Prommer (Australia, CSIRO): "Developing and Applying Reactive Transport Modeling Approaches for Arsenic at Various Scales"

Dr Henning Prommer is a Winthrop Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader in the Environmental Contaminant Mitigation and Technologies Program at CSIRO Land and Water, Australia.  After completing his PhD at the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia in 1999, he held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Tűbingen (Germany) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). While at Delft University he was responsible for the numerical model development and applications within the European Union project CORONA. This work was instrumental for quantifying the role of transverse (physical) mixing processes on particular contaminant degradation pathways, and for exploring the use of simulating secondary geochemical reactions and isotope fractionation processes as forensic tools to elucidate natural attenuation processes. He also developed a strong interest in the use of reactive transport models to quantify groundwater quality changes induced by managed aquifer recharge processes and how the spatial and temporal evolution of the redox zonation in both shallow and deep groundwater systems impact the fate of emerging micropollutants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and iodated contrast media). In 2005 Dr Prommer joined CSIRO Land and Water Australia and since July 2011 holds a joint appointment between UWA and CSIRO. Over the last 10 years he has mostly studied the fate of trace metals, metalloids and radionuclides, particularly how their fate is affected by redox cycling, buffering and surface complexation processes. This work included modelling studies aimed at understanding the fate of uranium at the Hanford 300A site and the post-closure fate of uranium at Australian uranium mine sites. Currently his research efforts in this field are dedicated to developing modeling approaches for quantifying the fate of arsenic in groundwater systems and particularly the role that iron mineral transformations can play on arsenic mobility.  

Robert Mason (USA-U. Conn.) "Sources, Cycling and Bioaccumulation of Methylmercury in the Ocean"

Dr. Robert Mason is a professor in the Department of Maine Sciences, with a joint appointment in Chemistry, at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Groton, CT. He has studied the fate, transport and bioaccumulation of mercury (Hg) and other metals and metalloids in the biosphere for most of his academic career. His research has mostly focused on all aspects of Hg cycling and transformation in the environment, encompassing the oceans, both coastal and open ocean, the atmosphere and freshwater environments, using field and laboratory studies and modeling. Robert completed a BS and MS in Chemistry in South Africa before studying at UConn, receiving his PhD in Marine Sciences in 1991. After completing a post-doc in the Ralph Parsons Lab at MIT, he joined the faculty at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, part of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland, as an Assistant Professor in 1994. He returned to UConn in 2005. He has published more than 180 papers as lead or co-author which have been highly cited: 6 papers have received more than 500 citations, according to Google Scholar; his h-index is 72 and i10-index 154; and his most cited paper has 1208 citations. Robert has graduated 12 PhD and 8 MS students and currently has 4 PhD students in his lab group. Current funded projects are focused on: the air-sea exchange of inorganic and methylated Hg in the North Pacific Ocean (a Geotraces-related project); the interactions of MeHg and plankton in the ocean; the role of eutrophication and climate in influencing MeHg formation and bioaccumulation in coastal ecosystems; the role of storms and other processes in the redistribution of Hg and MeHg in coastal waterways; and the role of Hg-containing and other nanoparticles in MeHg cycling in aquatic systems. In addition, Robert is engaged in various outreach and development activities, including his contribution to the 2018 update of the Technical Document in support of the Minamata Convention; his Fulbright-sponsored activities examining the impact of artisanal gold mining on Hg contamination in West Africa; and his involvement with the planning of the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, and other conferences. 


ICHMET Program Highlights

Special Sessions

  • Remediation of Metal Contaminated Environments
    • Chair Speaker: David Alden (USA-Tersus Environmental) 
  • Metal Accumulation in Biofilms   
    • Chair Speaker: Robin Brigmon (USA-SRNL) "Monitoring Atmospheric Metals in Cooling Tower Biofilms"
    • Invited Speaker: Harry Kurtz (USA-Clemson)
  • Geochemical Modeling of Heavy Metals and Radionuclides in the Subsurface Environment 
    • Invited Speaker: 
  • Metal Bioavailability 
    • Chair Speaker: Nick Basta (USA-Ohio State University) "Bioavailability: Advances in Science and Implementation for Adjusting Human and Ecological Exposure"
  • Heavy Metals Interactions with Biochar
    • Invited Speaker: Jeff Novak (USA) "Coordinating engineered biochar production for soil quality improvement, mine spoil reclamation, and nutrient removal in waste streams" 
    • Invited Speaker: Dan Tsang (Hong Kong) "Biochar Catalysts for Environmental Applications"
    • Yang, Ok, et al. (Republic of Korea) "Characterization of Bioenergy Biochar and its Utilization for Metal/Metalloid Immobilization in Contaminated Soil"
  • "Omics" to the Rescue: (Meta)Genomics, (Meta)Transcriptomics and (Meta)Proteomics Based Understanding on Metal-Microbe Interactions in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Ashvini Chauhan (USA-Florida A&M University) "Omics to the Rescue: Evaluation of Microbial Community Structure and Functions in Uraniferous Soils of the Savannah River Site (SRS), USA"
  • Environmental Electromicrobiology and Metal Interactions: Mechanisms and Applications
    •  Chair Speaker: Charles Turick (USA-SRNL) "Electrochemical Techniques for Real Time, In-situ Monitoring of Biogeochemistry" 

Special Sessions Continued

  • Heavy Metals in Aquatic Environments
  • Mercury in the Environment 
    • Invited Speaker: Michael Bank (Norway) "Seafood and Methylmercury Dynamics: Implications for the Minamata Convention"
    • Confirmed Speaker: Magdalena Beldowska (Poland)
    • Confirmed Speaker: Xiaoyu Xu (USA-SREL)
  • Metal Transfer from Soil to Plants: Accumulation Properties and Nutritional Needs Versus Food Safety
    • Invited Speaker: Dane Lamb (University of Newcastle in Australia)
    • Chair Speaker: Irena Twardowska (Poland) "Screening for Cd-excluder Soybean (Glycine max. L. Merrill) Cultivars to Assure Food Safety"
    • Chair Speaker: Filip Tack (Belgium) "Appraisal of the Risk to Exceed Limits of Cd in Cultivated Spinach on Soils with Normal Cd Contents"
  • Radionuclides in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Dan Kaplan (USA-SRNL) "Seasonal Changes in Uranium Porewater Chemistry in a Contaminated Wetland"
    • Invited Speaker: Nathan Conroy "Influence of Organic Matter on Pu Subsurface Migration" 
  • Synchrotron Analysis of Metals in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Kirk Scheckel (USA-EPA) "In-Situ Soil Amendments Alter Contaminant Speciation and Reduce Bioavailability"
    • Confirmed Speaker: Dien Li (USA-SRNL) "Sequestration of Pertechnetate, Iodide and Iodate from Groundwater by Organoclays and Granular Activated Carbon: Capacity and Chemical Speciation"
  • General Topical Sessions
    • Bernd Market (Germany EISN-Institute) "The Biological System of Elements - Lithium as Phase Stabilizer for Neurological Diseases"

Conference Registration

On Site Registration $500

Registration Includes

  • Sunday Conference Mixer
  • Daily Conference Luncheons Mon.-Wed.
  • Late Afternoon Poster Sessions with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
  • Conference Banquet

Commercial shuttle service is available from the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport to the UGA campus in Athens, GA ($39.00 one way and $78.00 round trip). Sufficient parking is available at the UGA Conference Center & Hotel for $10 per day. 


No official events are scheduled for Saturday July 21. 

Sunday, July 22 is reserved for registration (6:30-7:30 pm) followed by an evening conference mixer (7:30-9:00 pm). Each following day will start with a welcoming session in Mahler Hall for all attendees to recognize distinguished guests and provide any last minute information to conference participants. This will be immediately followed by a forty-minute presentation from an Invited Plenary Speaker.

Invited talks are 30 minutes and volunteered talks are 20 minutes, including time for questions from the audience. Poster sessions (5’ x 3’ poster dimensions) are limited to Monday and Tuesday. Submitted posters will be on display for the entire day, and the authors will be expected to be present with their posters from 5:00 to 6:30 each evening.  

Conference Organizers

The University of Georgia's Conference Center & Hotel

  •  Alex Ligon -  UGA Event Coordinator

2020 ICHMET South Korea


  • Chairman 2020: Yong Sik Ok, Professor, Director Korea Biochar Research Center
  • South Korea

Additional information

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL)


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located 80 miles from the UGA campus in Athens, GA, is the busiest and most efficient airport in the world, offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and nearly 70 international destinations.

Airport Shuttle Service

Commercial shuttle service is available from the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport to the UGA Conference Center in Athens, GA  

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