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  • Highly Cited Researcher
  • Vice-President of the International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry (ISTEB)
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Visiting Professor at the Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Guest Professor at the China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Honorable Ambassador for Gangwon Province, Korea


Chief Editor for Special Issues and Associate Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials

Chief Editor for Special Issues and Associate Editor, Environmental Pollution

Editor of Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST)



Award for internationalisation of research and teaching: Weltlöwe


Research interests:

  • Biogeochemistry of trace elements and nutrients in wetland soils, sediments, waters, and plants
  • Global soil and groundwater pollution
  • Remediation of soil and groundwater
  • Biochar
  • Soil microbiology
  • Nano materials


Key papers:

Antoniadis, V., Levizou, E., Shaheen, S.M., Ok, Y.S., Sebastian, A., Baum, C., Prasad, M.N.V., Wenzel, W.W., Rinklebe, J. (2017): Trace elements in the soil-plant interface: Phytoavailability, translocation, and phytoremediation–A Review. Earth-Science Reviews. 171. 621-645.

Beckers, F., Rinklebe, J. (2017): Cycling of mercury in the environment: sources, fate and human health implications: a review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 47(9). 693-794.

Du Laing, G., Rinklebe, J., Vandecasteele, B., Meers, E., Tack, F.M.G. (2009): Trace metal behaviour in estuarine and riverine floodplain soils and sediments: A review. Science of the Total Environment. 407. 3972-3985.

El-Naggar, A., Shaheen, S.M., Ok, Y.S., Rinklebe, J. (2018): Biochar affects the dissolved and colloidal concentrations of Cd, Cu, Ni, and Zn and their phytoavailability and potential mobility in a mining soil under dynamic redox-conditions. Science of the Total Environment. 624. 1059-1071.

Frohne, T., Rinklebe, J., Diaz-Bone, R., Du Laing, G. (2011): Controlled variation of redox conditions in a floodplain soil: impact on metal mobilization and biomethylation of arsenic and antimony. Geoderma. 160. 414-424.


Selection of most recent papers:

Antoniadis, V., Shaheen, S.M., Levizou, E., Shahid, M., Niazi, N.K., Vithanage, M., Ok, Y.S., Bolan, N., Rinklebe, J. (2019): A critical prospective analysis of the potential toxicity of trace element regulation limits in soils worldwide: Are they protective concerning health risk assessment? – A review. Environment International. 127. 819-847.

Palansooriya, K.N., Shaheen, S.M., Chen, S.S., Tsang, D.C.W., Hashimoto, Y., Hou, D., Bolan, N.S., Rinklebe, J., Ok, Y.S. (2020): Soil amendments for immobilization of potentially toxic elements in contaminated soils: A critical review. Environment International. 134. 105046.

Rinklebe, J., Antoniadis, V., Shaheen, S.M., Rosche, O., Altermann, M. (2019): Health risk assessment of potentially toxic elements in soils along the Central Elbe River, Germany. Environment International. 126. 76-88.

Shaheen S.M., Alessi, D.S., Tack, F.M.G., Ok, Y.S., Kim, K.-H., Gustafsson, J.P., Sparks, D.L., Rinklebe, J. (2019): Redox chemistry of vanadium in soils and sediments: interactions with colloidal materials, mobilization, speciation, and relevant environmental implications - A review. Advances in Colloid and Interface Sciences. 265. 1-13.

Vinthanage, M., Kumarathilaka, P., Oze, C., Karunatikake, S., Seneviratne, M., Hseu, Z.-Y., Gunarathne, V., Dassanayake, M., Ok, X.S., Rinklebe, J. (2019): Occurrence and cycling of trace elements in ultramafic soils and their impacts on human health: A critical review. Environment International. 131. 104974.

Wang, J., Shaheen, S.M., Swertz, A.-C., Rennert, T., Feng, X., Rinklebe, J. (2019): Sulfur-modified organoclay promotes plant uptake and affects geochemical fractionation of mercury in a polluted floodplain soil. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 371. 687-693.