Jagannath Biswakarma

Dr. Jagannath Biswakarma

Postdoctoral scientist

Department Water Resources & Drinking Water

About Me

My primary 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 the 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., Rushworth, D., Srivastava, G., Singh, G., Kang, K., Das, S., … Bhuyan, D. J. (2021). Organizational level responses to the COVID-19 outbreak: challenges, strategies and framework for academic institutions. Frontiers in Communication, 6, 573585 (8 pp.). , Institutional Repository
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
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
Bretzler, A., Nikiema, J., Lalanne, F., Hoffmann, L., Biswakarma, J., Siebenaller, L., … 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., 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
Biswakarma, J. (2019). Synergistic effects of redox processes and ligand-controlled dissolution of Fe(III)(hydr)oxide phases (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000403443, 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
Borowski, S. C., Biswakarma, J., Kang, K., Schenkeveld, W. D. C., Hering, J. G., Kubicki, J. D., … 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 Group

Chemistry of Water Resources 

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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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