Jagannath Biswakarma

Dr. Jagannath Biswakarma

Postdoctoral scientist

Department Water Resources & Drinking Water

About Me

My main research focuses on understanding nutrients and contaminants dynamics on a molecular scale to a global level. I am currently working on two projects at Eawag : 1) understanding redox-dynamic behaviors of iron in clay minerals and 2) detection of calomel (mercurous chloride) type compounds in rocks and soils. In a project at University of Basel, I am exploring the effects of land-use-change on mercury-cycling in soils. I am keen on contributing to the field of soil and water research by linking earned skills and scientific knowledge with a strong passion for advocacy of environmental health.


Detection and Characterization of Historically Relevant Calomel Compounds

Postdoctoral Research

Host: Dr. Andreas Voegelin 

Collaboration: Dr. Ralf Kaegi, Eawag; Dr. Fernando Garrido, National History Museum Madrid, Spain; Prof. Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University, USA.

Funding source: Academic Transition Grant, Eawag.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Biswakarma, J.; Kang, K.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Kraemer, S. M.; Hering, J. G.; Hug, S. J. (2020) Catalytic effects of photogenerated Fe(II) on the ligand-controlled dissolution of iron(hydr)oxides by EDTA and DFOB, Chemosphere, 263, 128188 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128188, Institutional Repository
Bretzler, A.; Nikiema, J.; Lalanne, F.; Hoffmann, L.; Biswakarma, J.; Siebenaller, L.; Demange, D.; Schirmer, M.; Hug, S. J. (2020) Arsenic removal with zero-valent iron filters in Burkina Faso: field and laboratory insights, Science of the Total Environment, 737, 139466 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139466, Institutional Repository
Biswakarma, J.; Kang, K.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Kraemer, S. M.; Hering, J. G.; Hug, S. J. (2020) Linking isotope exchange with Fe(II)-catalyzed dissolution of iron(hydr)oxides in the presence of the bacterial siderophore desferrioxamine-B, Environmental Science and Technology, 54, 768-777, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b04235, Institutional Repository
Kang, K.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Biswakarma, J.; Borowski, S. C.; Hug, S. J.; Hering, J. G.; Kraemer, S. M. (2019) Low Fe(II) concentrations catalyze the dissolution of various Fe(III) (hydr)oxide minerals in the presence of diverse ligands and over a broad pH range, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(1), 98-107, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03909, Institutional Repository
Biswakarma, J.; Kang, K.; Borowski, S. C.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Kraemer, S. M.; Hering, J. G.; Hug, S. J. (2019) Fe(II)-catalyzed ligand-controlled dissolution of iron(hydr)oxides, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(1), 88-97, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03910, Institutional Repository
Borowski, S. C.; Biswakarma, J.; Kang, K.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Hering, J. G.; Kubicki, J. D.; Kraemer, S. M.; Hug, S. J. (2018) Structure and reactivity of oxalate surface complexes on lepidocrocite derived from infrared spectroscopy, DFT-calculations, adsorption, dissolution and photochemical experiments, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 226, 244-262, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.01.024, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 5960
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: LA C63

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Research Focus

Mineral weathering and reactions at mineral surfaces (solid-water interfaces).

Biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and contaminants.

Water quality.

Water treatment. 

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