Former Group Members

 

Iacopo Aiolfi


Master de Biogéosciences
Institut des sciences de la Terre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Quartier Mouline – Géopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


Iacopo.Aiolfi@unil.ch

Iacopo was born and raised in Ticino (CH). In 2008 he moved to Lausanne to pursue his studies in environmental sciences. In 2011, he obtained a Bachelor in environmental sciences, specialized in human environment. Interested in a scientific approach to environmental issues, Iacopo decided to undertake the Masters in Biogeosciences with a focus in Geomicrobiology. His Master’s work was involved the study of heavy metals dynamics in river environments.


DSC_9848 Luc Dolivo


Master de Biogéosciences
Institut Sciences de la Terre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Quartier Mouline – Geopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


Luc.Dolivo@unil.ch

Luc was born in Westerbork (NL) and traveled with his family all over the world until he was fourteen. Always attracted by science, he completed a Bachelor degree in biology at the University of Lausanne. His interest inthe relation between the organic and the inorganic led him to a Master degree in Biogeosciences. His work involved investigating the causes of precipitation of iron oxides in an affluent of the Boiron river near Morges (Canton Vaud, Switzerland).


Samuele Samuele Ferracin


Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Physics
University of Turin
Torino – Italy


samuele.ferracin@studenti.unito.it

Samuele is an italian student. He has just finished the second year of physics, and has spent here the last summer creating this website, hel- ping us ordering supplings for the lab and remembering some statisti- cal topics and sempling the Venoge with Jacopo. This year he has up- dated the website. During his free time he uses to run and to play ukulele.

Boris Droz


Master de Biogéosciences
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Quartier Mouline – Geopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


Boris.Droz@unil.ch

Boris comes from La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH). He is a chemical engineer with experience in waste water treatment research, specifically disinfection and removal of organic persistent pollutants. He has started to study soil science (Masters in Biogeosciences) to better understand how chemicals behave in the environment. Boris wants to link biological and chemical perspectives in future research projects. During his free time, he enjoys bird watching, traveling by bike, and eating cheese.


DSC_9844 Amanda Finger


Master in Environmental Geoscience
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Quartier Mouline – Geopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


Amanda.Finger@unil.ch

Amanda was raised in Bern (CH). She obtained her BSc in Geography, specializing in physical geography, in 2012 at the University of Bern. She wanted to focus on geochemistry and connected environmental is- sues. This interest along with the desire to study in a multilingual environment led her to the Master in Environmental Sciences at the University of Lausanne. Her Masters thesis was aimed at evaluating the toxicity of arsenic-rich iron-oxide sludge produced during iron elec- trocoagulation, a novel arsenic-removal technique.

2014-05-07-14.08.54-1-e1404899204647 Armelle DuPasquier


Master in Environmental Geoscience
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Quartier Mouline – Geopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


Armelle.DuPasquier@unil.ch

Armelle is from Neuchâtel. She obtained her Bsc in Earth and Environ- mental Sciences, option Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva in 2013 . She then decided to have a more multi-disciplinary approach and to do so, started the Master in Biogeosciences jointly offered by the University of Lausanne and the University of Neuchâtel. Her Master project focused on the mineralogy and the biogeochemistry of travertines from Skoura, Morroco.

DSC_9855 Naomi Dumas


PhD Candidate
Institut of Earth Sciences
Faculty of Geosciences and Environement
Quartier Mouline – Géopolis
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


naomi.dumas@unil.ch

Naomi comes from St Etienne (France). In 2012 she finished her masters in Microbiology at the University of Lyon with a thesis project on the bioremediation of chlorinated solvents. Naomi is interested in the use of bacteria for environmental remediation. For her PhD project, she worked on the influence of microbial surfaces and EPS on metal sorption in biogenic birnessite.

Anna Simanova


Premiér Assistant
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Géopolis – Quartier Mouline
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


anna.simanova@unil.ch

Anna completed her PhD in the Department of Chemistry at Umea Univer- sity (Sweden) in 2011 and joined our lab in May 2012. She is interes- ted in understanding interfacial processes at mineral surfaces in the presence of environmentally relevant organic and inorganic ions of both natural and anthropogenic origins. For her PhD research project, she investigated the reactions between the iron (hydr)oxide mineral, goethite, and common soil organic ligands such as oxalate and desfer- rioxamine-B by means of wet chemical and spectroscopic methods. In our lab she is focusing on the reactivity of different manganese oxides, including biogenic birnessite, towards trace metal sorption. She uses a combination of wet chemistry methods and X-ray absorption spectros- copy (XAS) to characterize the mechanisms of interaction at the mine- ral interface. CV

Case M. Van Genuchten


Premier Assistant
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
Géopolis – quartier Mouline
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


case.vangenuchten@unil.ch

Case van Genuchten earned a Ph.D. in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (USA) in December, 2013. Case’s research interests lie at the interface of environmental geochemistry and environmental engineering. He is passionate about studying nature’s way of removing contaminants and exploiting this knowledge to develop low-cost and efficient engineered water treatment technologies for use in both rural communities developing countries and in centralized water treatment. His current projects involve applying advanced synchrotron-based techniques to characterize the bonding environments of inorganic contaminants such As, Sb, Pb, and Cd to naturally occurring or electrochemically generated metal oxides. Case is also interested in the fate of persistent organic pollutants in drinking water treatment.