Rafael Clemente received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Murcia, Murica, Spain in 1998. In January 2000, he joined the research group Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils of CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia, Spain, where he carried out his research for 6 years in the group headed by Professor M. Pilar Bernal. His research focused on the remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cu, and Cd) and As, with particular emphasis on the soil chemistry of these elements. The aim of his work was to study the effect of different organic amendments (manure, agroindustrial derived composts, and humic acids) on metal availability, including metal speciation in soils through single and sequential extractions of the metals. In January 2006, he joined the School of Biological and Earth Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Liverpool, UK, within Professor Nicholas Lepp and Professor Nicholas Dickinson’s research group. During this postdoctoral stay, he had the opportunity to study areas affected by industrial activity and landfills, focusing on arsenic contamination. After joining Liverpool John Moores University, he set up a system for collection and characterization of soil pore water, using 'rhizon' samplers. In 2008, he rejoined the group Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils in CEBAS-CSIC, where he has been working since then as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Clemente's research interests and areas of expertise are phytoremediation of soils contaminated with metals and metalloids, recycling of organic wastes in soils for the remediation of contaminated areas, heavy metal and As speciation in soils, pore water collection and analysis in soils, soil microbial biomass-related parameters as indicators of remediation processes in contaminated soils, TE bioavailability in the soil: plant uptake and accumulation, and natural attenuation processes.
Biography Updated on 27 December 2011