Dr Anke Neumann
Lecturer in Environmental Engineering
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- Personal Website: https://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/anke.neumann/
- Address: School of Engineering
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, UK
Anke Neumann is an environmental chemist with great interest in redox processes at the mineral-water interface and how these processes affect the fate of organic and inorganic compounds in the environment. In her PhD, she studied how Fe-bearing clay minerals reduce different types of organic contaminants (chlorinated hydrocarbons, nitroaromatic compounds) and then moved on to elucidate how Fe-bearing minerals become redox-activated in the reaction with dissolved Fe(II). In a 2-year project in Bangladesh, she investigated redox reactions and Fe mineral phase transformations in iron-containing filters, which remove arsenic from drinking water. To facilitate her research, she has been applying a variety of techniques to analyze organic compounds and inorganic species in aqueous phase, to characterize mineral phases, and has been using stable isotopes as process tracers. Working at the interface of environmental engineering, soil science, and (bio)geochemistry, she is eager to address emerging and transdisciplinary questions related to water sustainability.
Within the Environmental Engineering group, I organize the research seminar series. For past, present, and future seminars, visit this website.
2011-2013 Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, IA, USA
2011 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department Water Resources and Drinking Water, Swiss Federal
Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Dübendorf, Switzerland
2009-2011 Freelance Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Department
Water Resources and Drinking Water, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
(Eawag), Dübendorf, Switzerland
2008-2009 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
2009 PhD (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) Department of Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 MSc (Dipl. Chem. ETH) Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
2001 Vordiplom Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University Rostock, Rostock,
Geochemical Society (2010-)
Mineralogical Society (2014-)
American Chemical Society (2014-)
Clay Minerals Society (2016-)
My research focuses on redox processes at the mineral-water interface and how these processes impact water quality. My work spans the broad range from understanding fundamental mechanisms of electron transfer to application of redox processes for contaminant transformation or removal, both in natural and engineered environments. Working at the interface of environmental engineering, soil science, and (bio)geochemistry, I am eager to address emerging and transdisciplinary questions related to water sustainability.
My current specific research interests include
* redox reactions in complex biogeochemical environments;
* effects of fluctuating redox conditions on Fe mineral reactivity;
* implications of Fe(II)-induced processes at minerals for contaminant transformation.
To address these research themes, my group uses a variety of techniques to analyze organic and inorganic species in aqueous phase (HPLC, GC-MS, GC-FID, ICP-MS), to characterize mineral phases (infrared spectroscopy - ATR-IR, DRIFT, X-ray diffraction - XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron microscopy - SEM, TEM), and stable isotopes as process tracers.
Cleaning water with mud: clay minerals producing reactive oxidizing species (2015-2017), EPSRC Bright IDEAS award, PI, £280,605 FEC; £224,484 RC contribution
Biologically mediated abiotic degradation of chlorinated ethenes: A new conceptual framework (2015-2018), Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), US Department of Defense (DoD), US Department of Energy (DoE), and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Co-PI; PI: Michelle Scherer, Co-PIs: David Cwiertny, Drew Latta, Rula Deeb, Deepa Ghandi; USD 137,951 to Newcastle, total award USD 885,060)
Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer at Fe-containing clay minerals and its effect on Hg(II) and Cr(VI) transformation (2011-2013), SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012: CHF 55,000), DGF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2013: €42,377)
Arsenic removal with composite iron matrix filters from Bangladesh (2011), Matching funds from the Eawag Discretionary Funds, PIs: Hug, S. J.; Kaegi, R.; Voegelin, A.; co-written by Neumann; CHF 36,000
Factors affecting arsenic removal with SONO filters (2009-2011), Jeunes Chercheurs program, Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE): CHF 19,300; Cooperation Office Bangladesh, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): BDT 899,000
Environmental Science & Technology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology, Chemosphere, Clay Minerals, Clays and Clay Minerals
CEG8111 - Environmental Fate of Contaminants
CEG3004 - Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project
CEG8101 - Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering (2014-16)
CEG8106 - Groundwater Contamination and Remediation (2014-17)
CEG8107 - Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries
CEG8634 - Environmental Analytical Geochemistry (2016)
- Huhmann BL, Neumann A, Boyanov MI, Kemner KM, Scherer MM. As(V) in Magnetite: Incorporation and Redistribution. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Latta DE, Neumann A, Premaratne WAPJ, Scherer MM. Fe(II) - Fe(III) electron transfer in a clay mineral with low Fe content. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 2017, 1(4), 197-208.
- Qafoku O, Pearce C, Neumann A, Kovarik L, Zhu M, Ilton E, Bowden M, Resch C, Arey B, Arenholz E, Felmy A, Rosso K. Tc(VII) and Cr(VI) Interaction with a Naturally Reduced Ferruginous Smectite from a Redox Transition Zone. Environmental Science & Technology 2017, 51(16), 9042–9052.
- Sarkar B, Neumann A, Naidu R. Clay and fine particle-based materials for environmental technologies and clean up. Applied Clay Science 2016, 134(Part 2), 69-70.
- Neumann A, Wu LL, Li WQ, Beard BL, Johnson CM, Rosso KM, Frierdich AJ, Scherer MM. Atom Exchange between Aqueous Fe(II) and Structural Fe in Clay Minerals (vol 49, pg 2786, 2015). Environmental Science & Technology 2015, 49(10), 6362-6362.
- Handler RM, Frierdich AJ, Johnson CM, Rosso KM, Beard BL, Wang C, Latta DE, Neumann A, Pasakarnis T, Premaratne WAPJ, Scherer MM. Fe(II)-Catalyzed Recrystallization of Goethite Revisited. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48(19), 11302–1131.
- Neumann A, Kaegi R, Voegelin A, Hussam A, Munir AKM, Hug SJ. Arsenic removal with composite iron matrix filters in Bangladesh: a field and laboratory study. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47(9), 4544-4554.
- Alexandrov V, Neumann A, Scherer MM, Rosso KM. Electron Exchange and Conduction in Nontronite from First-Principles. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117(5), 2032-2040.
- Neumann A, Olson TL, Scherer MM. Spectroscopic Evidence for Fe(II)–Fe(III) Electron Transfer at Clay Mineral Edge and Basal Sites. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 37(13), 6969-6977.
- Neumann A, Petit S, Hofstetter TB. Evaluation of redox-active iron sites in smectites using middle and near infrared spectroscopy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2011, 75(9), 2336-2355.
- Neumann A, Sander M, Hofstetter TB. Redox Properties of Structural Fe in Smectite Clay Minerals. In: Tratnyek, PG; Grundl, TJ; Haderlein, SB, ed. Aquatic Redox Chemistry. Washington DC: American Chemical Society, 2011, pp.361-379.
- Neumann A, Hofstetter TB, Skarpeli-Liati M, Schwarzenbach RP. Reduction of polychlorinated ethanes and carbon tetrachloride by structural Fe(II) in smectites. Environmental Science & Technology 2009, 43(11), 4082-4089.
- Neumann A, Hofstetter TB, Lüssi M, Cirpka OA, Petit S, Schwarzenbach RP. Assessing the redox reactivity of structural iron in smectites using nitroaromatic compounds as kinetic probes. Environmental Science & Technology 2008, 42(22), 8381-8387.
- Hofstetter TB, Neumann A, Arnold WA, Hartenbach AE, Bolotin J, Cramer CJ, Schwarzenbach RP. Substituent effects on nitrogen isotope fractionation during abiotic reduction of nitroaromatic compounds. Environmental Science & Technology 2008, 42(6), 1997-2003.
- Hofstetter TB, Neumann A, Schwarzenbach RP. Reduction of nitroaromatic compounds by Fe(II) species associated with iron-rich smectites. Environmental Science & Technology 2006, 40(1), 235-242.