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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Professor Chuxia Lin

Chair in Environmental Science


I obtained a PhD in Environmental Science from The University of New South Wales in 1995 (thesis was submitted for examination in 1994). Before joining University of Salford, I held senior academic positions at University of Southern Queensland and South China Agricultural University.

Earlier academic appointments were with Southern Cross University, The University of New South Wales and South China Normal University. I also worked as a professional environmental consultant with a global consulting company (Brisbane Office, Golder Associates) during the period from 2005 to 2009.

I am an Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier; impact factor: 4.010) with direct responsibility for making final decision on manuscripts (over 110 manuscripts per year).


I have teaching interests in environmental science, environmental management, environmental chemistry, environmental impact assessment, environmental technology, soil science and restoration ecology.

Research Interests

I have a broad range of research interests in environmental sciences with a particular focus on environmental issues related to acid sulfate weathering in mine areas (acid mine drainage) and coastal lowlands (acid sulfate soils). More recently, much effort has been made to develop cost-effective technologies for remediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soils with a special reference to the Kuwait oil lake areas, an environmental legacy of the first Gulf War.

Other research interests include chemical behaviour of heavy metals and pesticides in water-soil-plant systems, characterization and treatment of industrial wastes, ecotoxicology, soil carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation, and payment for environmental services (PES).

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, The University of New South Wales

BSc (4 years), South China Normal University


Peer-reviewed journal articles since 2011:

1     Qin, J., Li, Y., Li, S., Li, H. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2017). Potential effects of rainwater-borne H2O2 on competitive degradation of herbicides and in the presence of humic Acid. Chemosphere 170:146-152.

2     Onireti, O.O., Lin, C. (Corresponding author), Qin, J. (2017). Combined effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids on mobilization of arsenic and lead from multi-contaminated soils, Chemosphere 170:161–168.

3     Qin, J., Lin, C. (Corresponding author), Cheruiyot, P., Mkpanam, S., Duma, G.N. (2017). Potential effects of rainwater-borne hydrogen peroxide on pollutants in stagnant water environments. Chemosphere 174: 90-97.

4     Qin, J, Nworie, O.E. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2016). Particle size effects on bioaccessible amounts of ingestible soil-borne toxic elements. Chemosphere, 159: 442-448.

5     Qin, J., Li, H. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2016). Fenton process-affected transformation of roxarsone in paddy rice soils: effects on plant growth and arsenic accumulation in rice grain. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 130: 4-10.

6     Onireti,, O.O. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2016). Mobilization of soil-borne arsenic by three common organic acids: dosage and time effects. Chemosphere, 147: 352-360.

7     Yu, T., Peng, Y., Lin, C., Qin, J., Li H. (2016). Application of iron and silicon fertilizers reduces arsenic accumulation by two Ipomoea aquatica varities. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 15(11): 2613-2619.

8     Xu, S., Lin, C. (Corresponding author), Qiu, P., Song, Y., Yang, W., Xu, G., Feng, X., Yang, Q., Yang, X., and Niu, A. (2015). Tungsten- and Cobalt-dominated Heavy Metal Contamination of Mangrove Sediments in Shenzhen, China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 100(1): 562-566.

9     Maryol, E. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2015). Geochemical characteristics of soils in Fezzan, Sahara desert: Implications for environment and agriculture. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 158: 122-131.

10  Mukwaturi, M. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2015). Mobilization of Heavy Metals from Urban Contaminated Soils under Water Inundation Conditions. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 285: 445-452.

11  Maryol, E. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2015). Evaluation of Atmospheric CO2 Sequestration by Alkaline Soils through Simultaneous Enhanced Carbonation and Biomass Production. Geoderma, 241–242: 24–31.

12  Ma,Y., Qin, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author)  (2014). The role of rainwater-borne hydrogen peroxide in the release of arsenic from arsenopyrite. Chemosphere, 103: 349-353.

13  Ma, Y., Si, C. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2014). Capping Hazardous Red Mud Using Acidic Soil with an Embedded Layer of Zeolite for Plant Growth. Environmental Technology 35(17-20), 2314-2321.

14  Xie, J., Weng, O., Ye, G., Luo, S., Zhu, R., Zhang, A., Chen, X., and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2014). Bioethanol production from sugarcane grown in heavy metal-contaminated soils. BioRes. 9(2): 2509-2520

15  Qin, J., Li, H., Lin, C. (Corresponding author) and Chen, G. (2013). Can rainwater induce Fenton-driven degradation of herbicides in natural waters? Chemosphere, 92(8):1048-1052.

16  Lu, W., Lin, C. (Corresponding author) and Ma, Y. (2013). Long-term geochemical evolution of acidic mine wastes under anaerobic conditions. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 35(4): 523-533.

17  Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2013). Microbial oxidation of Fe2+ and pyrite exposed to flux of micromolar H2O2 in acidic media. Scientific Reports. 3, 1979 doi:10.1038/srep01979

18  Wang, S., Li, H. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2013). Physiological, biochemical and growth responses of Italian ryegrass to butachlor exposure. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. 106(1-2): 21-27.

19  Si, C., Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2013). Red mud as a carbon sink: variability, affecting factors and environmental significance. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 244-245: 54-59.

20  Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2012). Arsenate immobilization associated with microbial oxidation of ferrous ion in complex acid sulfate water. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 30(217-218): 238-245.

21  Ma, Y., Si, C. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2012). Comparison of copper scavenging capacity between two different red mud types. Materials. 5: 1708-1721.

22  Lu, W., Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2012). Spatial variation and fractionation of bed sediment-borne copper, zinc, lead and cadmium in a stream system affected by acid mine drainage. Soil and Sediment Contamination. 21(7): 831-849.

23  Li, H., Li, N., Lin, C. (Corresponding author), He, H. and Chen, G. (2012). Interaction between BSM-contaminated soils and Italian ryegrass. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 47(5):427-433.

24  Lin, C. (2012). Climate change adaptation in acid sulfate landscapes. Am. J. Environ. Sci., 8: 433-442.

25  Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2012). Pyrite oxidation under initially neutral pH conditions and in the presence of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and micromolar hydrogen peroxide. Biogeosciences Discussions, 9: 557–579.

26  Lu, W., Ma, Y. and Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2011). Status of aluminium in environmental compartments contaminated by acidic mine water. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 189(3): 700-709.

27  Ma, Y., Lu, W. Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2011). Downstream patterns of bed sediment-borne metals, minerals and organic matter in a stream system receiving acidic mine effluent: A preliminary study. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 110(2): 98-106.

28  Li, H., Ling, W., Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2011) Effects of different treatments on soil-borne DDT and HCH dynamics and plant uptake. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Waste. 46: 608-614.

29  Li, H., Ling, W., Lin, C. (Corresponding author) (2011). Fishpond sediment-borne DDTs and HCHs in the Pearl River Delta: characteristics, environmental risk and fate following the use of the sediment as plant growth media. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 186(2-3): 1474-1480.

30  Li, H., Liu, L., Lin, C. (Corresponding author) and Wang, S. (2011). Plant uptake and in-soil degradation of PCB-5 under varying cropping conditions. Chemosphere. 84(7): 943-949.