Daniel Arenas Lago
Postdoc / guest
Daniel Arenas is graduated in chemistry at the University of Vigo in 2010. He performed his PhD in the doctoral program Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications in the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo (2011-2015).
Daniel Arenas is graduated in chemistry at the University of Vigo in 2010. He performed his PhD in the doctoral program Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications in the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo (2011-2015). He developed his doctoral thesis with a scholarship of the Spanish Economy and Competitiveness Ministry at University of Vigo and also during short stages at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway) and at the Higher Institute of Agronomy of the University of Lisbon (Portugal).
During this period, his main research lines were: i) to study of sorption and desorption of metals in soils to determine the influence of soil characteristics in their fixation and mobility; ii) to determine the metal distribution in different geochemical phases of soils by the combined use of Sequential Chemical Extractions, High Resolution Electron Microscopy and Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry; iii) to study contaminated soils by metals and another potential hazardous elements in areas dedicated to mining activities; and iv) to research of physiological behavior of plants that grow spontaneously in minesoils with high contents of these contaminants, with the objectives to establish corrective measures based on phytoremediation and phytostabilization.
In 2015/16, as a continuation of his doctoral thesis and in the same line of research, he was focused on the use of nanotechnology applied to the recovery of contaminated soils with metals, within the research project: “Evaluation of use of nanomaterials as high efficiency modifiers to improve the quality of soils from mines and quarries”.
In June 2016, he was awarded with a postdoctoral fellowship of the Galicia government to do his postdoctorate in the “Assessment of fate and effects of nanoparticles in aquatic systems” at Leiden University. Daniel joined the Conservation Biology department of CML in July 2016 as a postdoc-guest.
Assessing of fate and effects of nanoparticles in aquatic systems and the emphasis will be on comparison the fate and effects of nanoparticles with the fate and effects of similar chemicals in their non-nano form .