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Dr Nabeel Khan Niazi

Nabeel Niazi

Education:
PhD, Soil and Environmental Chemistry, The University of Sydney

MSc(Hons) Agri - Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Editor - International Journal of Agriculture and Biology Review Editor - Frontiers in Environmental Science

2012 to current - Assistant Professor at the Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan (Research and Teaching)

E: nabeel.niazi@scu.edu.au

Research interests/background

  • The environmental geochemistry of arsenic and heavy metals - Exploring the previously unresolved coupling interactions and sorption mechanisms of arsenic with iron monosulfide minerals (mackinawite; FeS); how phosphate and other competing ions influence the sorption behaviour of arsenic on the surface FeS?
  • Speciation and bioavailability of arsenic and heavy metals in soils/ sediments, plant and water
  • Phytoremediation of arsenic and heavy metal contaminated soils - exploiting the potential of local plant species for the phytoextraction of arsenic and heavy metals
  • Low-cost and environmental friendly solution for the remediation of arsenic and heavy metals from contaminated water, using biosorbents, iron oxides
  • Environmental monitoring of heavy metal(loid)s in soil and water using geostatistics
  • Chemometrics and mid-infrared spectroscopy for predicting arsenic and heavy metals in soil

Research grants

  • $113000. Grand Challenges Canada - Stars in Global Health Round 5, 2013-2015. "Arsenic Removal from Drinking water Using Agriculture/Food-Industry Solid Wastes as Low Cost Sorbents", Nabeel Khan Niazi, Irshad Bibi, Ghulam Murtaza (Principal Investigator)
  • PKR 0.5 million. Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. 2012-2014. "Bioavailability of arsenic in contaminated soils: effect of phosphate application" Nabeel Khan Niazi and Ghulam Murtaza, (Principal Investigator)
  • PKR 7.823 million. Pakistan Science foundation (PSF)-NSLP, 2014-2016. "Potassium Fertilizer Requirement of Rice-Wheat System in Soils with Variable Mineralogy and Texture", Irshad Bibi, Ghulam Murtaza, Nabeel Khan Niazi (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • PKR 0.255 million. Travel Grant by the HEC, Islamabad, Pakistan to present the paper at the 10th International Phytotechnologies Conferences, Syracuse, USA, 1-4 October, 2013.
  • $10000. 100 hours beamline time at the Australian Synchrotron in Tsukuba, Japan, to conduct experiment on arsenic speciation in contaminated soils (Balwant Singh, Nabeel Khan Niazi and Pushan Shah)

Awards and scholarships

  • 2004-2006 - "HEC Talent Farming Scheme Scholarship" during the two years of my MSc (Hons) Agri
  • 2008-2012 - "Overseas scholarship for PhD in selected fields Phase-II, Batch-II (10% seats)" for the continuation of my PhD studies at The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 2010 - Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) scholarship by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney - $2080
  • 2010 - The 3rd best prize (150 Euro) for the oral and poster presentations at the 7th International Conference on Phytotechnologies, Parma, Italy, 26-29 September 2010
  • 2010 - $750. Australian Society of Soil Science Inc. (ASSSI) for the presentation of my paper at the 19th World Congress of Soil Science, 1-6 August, Brisbane, Australia.

Publications

Journal articles

Niazi NK, Singh B, Van Zwieten L, Kachenko AG (2011) Phytoremediation potential of Pityrogramma calomelanos var. austroamericana and Pteris vittata L. grown at a highly variable arsenic contaminated site. International Journal of Phytoremediation 13 (9):912‒932.

Niazi NK, Singh B, Shah P (2011) Arsenic speciation and phytoavailability in contaminated soils using a sequential extraction procedure and XANES spectroscopy. Environmental Science & Technology 45 (17):7135‒7142.

Niazi NK, Bishop TFA, Singh B, (2011) Evaluation of spatial variability of soil arsenic adjacent to a disused cattle-dip site, using model-based geostatistics. Environmental Science & Technology 45 (24):10463‒10470.

Niazi NK, Singh B, Van Zwieten L, Kachenko AG (2012) Phytoremediation of an arsenic contaminated site using Pteris vittata L. and Pityrogramma calomelanos var. austroamericana: a long-term study. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 19(8): 3506-3515.

Niazi NK and Kachenko AG (2012) Letter to the Editor regarding, "First evidence on different transportation modes of arsenic and phosphorus in arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata" by Lei et al. (2012). Environmental Pollution 165: 167.

Ali F, Ahsan M, Saeed NA, Ahmed M, Ali Q, Kanwal N, Tehseen MM, Ijaz U, Bibi I, Niazi NK (2014) Establishment and Optimization of Callus-to-Plant Regeneration System using Mature and Immature Embryos of Maize (Zea mays L.). International Journal of Agriculture and Biology 16:111-117.

Austruy A, Shahid M, Xiong T, Castrec M, Payre V, Niazi NK, Sabir M and Dumat C (2014) Mechanisms of metal-phosphates formation in the rhizosphere soils of pea and tomato: environmental and sanitary consequences. Journal of Soils and Sediments doi: 10.1007%2Fs11368-014-0862-z‎ .

Niazi NK, Singh B and Minasny B (2014) Mid-infrared spectroscopy and partial least-squares regression to estimate soil arsenic at a highly variable arsenic-contaminated site. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology DOI: 10.1007/s13762-014-0580-5.

Niazi NK, Singh B, Zwieten LV and Kachenko, AG (2010) Arsenic hyperaccumulation by ferns: a field study in northern NSW. Published research paper in the Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science on Soil Solutions for the Changing World. Brisbane, Australia, 1-6 August 2010, pp. 5-8.

Conference proceedings

Niazi NK, Singh B, Shah, P (2010) Speciation and bioavailability of arsenic in contaminated soils using X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy and a sequential extraction procedure. Proceedings of ConSoil International Conference on the Management of Groundwater, Soil & Sediments. Salzburg, Austria, 21-24 September, 2010 (Oral presentation).

Niazi NK, Bishop T, Singh B, (2010) Comparative study for the arsenic hyperaccumulation by ferns: a model-based geostatistical approach. Proceedings of ConSoil International Conference on the Management of Groundwater, Soil & Sediments. Salzburg, Austria, 21-24 September, 2010 (Poster presentation).

Niazi NK, Singh B, Zwieten LV and Kachenko, AG (2010) A comparative study to evaluate the phytoremediation potential of two fern species for the remediation of an arsenic contaminated site under field conditions. 7th International Conference on Phytotechnologies. Parma, Italy, 26-29 September, 2010 (Oral presentation).

Niazi NK, Singh B, Bishop, T (2010) A geostatistical model based approach to evaluate spatial variability of arsenic in soil and to compare arsenic hyperaccumulation efficiency of two fern species. 7th International Conference on Phytotechnologies. Parma, Italy, 26-29 September, 2010 (Poster presentation).*

Niazi NK, Singh B, Zwieten LV and Kachenko, AG (2011) Phytoremediation potential of Pityrogramma calomelanos var. austroamericana and Pterris vittata L. grown at a highly variable arsenic contaminated site. Proceedings of the International Annual Conference of ASA, CSSA and SSSA. Fundamental for Life: Soil, Crop & Environmental Sciences. San Antonio, Texas, USA, 16-19 October, 2011 (Oral presentation).

Niazi NK, Bishop TFA and Singh B (2011) Using model-based geostatistics to develop design-based sampling guidelines for estimating arsenic contamination around cattle-dip sites. Proceedings of Pedometrics - Innovations in Pedometrics. Czech Republic, 31st August-2 September, 2011 (Poster presentation).

Niazi and Singh (2013) Using Mid Infrared Spectroscopy and Partial-Least Squares Regression to Estimate Soil Arsenic Content at an Arsenic-Contaminated Site, 1st International Conference on Global Environmental Changes, 15-16 Jan, Pakistan (Oral presentation).

Niazi NK, Singh B, Zwieten LV and Kachenko, AG (2013) A Long Term Study to Evaluate the Phytoremediation Potential of Pteris vittata L. and Pityrogramma calomelanos var. austroamericana. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Phytotechnologies. Syracuse, USA, 1-4 October, 2013 (Oral presentation)

Fatima A, Niazi NK, Bibi I, Aziz, T, Murtaza, G, Shakoor MB (2014) Effect of Phosphate on the Phytoextraction of Arsenic from Arsenic-Contaminated Soils Using Brassica juncea L. and Brassica napus L.. 15th International Congress of Soil Science, Islamabad 18-20 March 2014 (Oral presentation).

Mehmood T, Niazi NK, Bibi I, Nawaz MF, Murtaza G, Asghar HN (2014) Bioavailability of Arsenic to Zea mays L. Grown in Contaminated Soils with Contrasting Textures: Effect of Compost Application. 15th International Congress of Soil Science, Islamabad 18-20 March 2014 (Poster presentation).

Faheem M, Bibi I, Niazi NK, Murtaza, G, Riaz, U (2014) Phytoavailability of potassium to Zea mays L. grown in agricultural soils with contrasting textures and mineralogy. 15th International Congress of Soil Science, Islamabad 18-20 March 2014 (Oral presentation).

Riaz U, Bibi I, Murtaza, G, Niazi NK Sarfraz, RA, Faheem M (2014) Evaluating the effect of pH on potassium (K) release rate from mica mineral weathering in alkaline solutions at 25C. 15th International Congress of Soil Science, Islamabad 18-20 March 2014 (Poster presentation).

Nawaz MF, Chaudary S, Tanvir MA, Gul S, Niazi NK. 2014. Heavy metal uptake behaviour of river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) for lead (Pb) is modified under saline conditions. 15th International Congress of Soil Science, Islamabad 18-20 March 2014 (Oral presentation).

Abid M, Niazi NK, Bibi I, Farooqi A, Shahid M, Murtaza G, Shakoor MB and Ali F (2014). Remediation of arsenic-contaminated water using orange peel as a biosorbent, Proceedings of Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation (CLEAR) 2014,Chuncheon, Korea, 5-8 October 2014 (Oral presentation).

Books

Murtaza G, Murtaza B, Niazi NK, and Sabir M (2014). Soil contaminants: sources, effects and approaches for remediation. In: Parvaiz Ahmad, Mohd Rafiq Wani, M M Azooz, Lam Son Phan Tran (eds.), Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes. Springer publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.