National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Geology and Geoenvironment
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 Efstratios Kelepertzis
 Assistant Professor


My research interests focus on the geochemical principles governing the environmental behavior of trace metals in the surface terrestrial environment. The environmental quality of soil, water, dusts and other environmental sampling materials is seen from a geochemical perspective trying to understand geological effects and anthropogenic perturbations on the trace metal cycling.

I have performed baseline geochemical and environmental studies in soil and aquatic environs from the Greek territory that evaluated the levels of contamination and allowed to discriminate natural from anthropogenic sources of enrichment. Of special interest was the mineralogy and chemistry of soils naturally enriched with heavy metals and the potential health risks to exposed population.

My recent research activities fall into the field of urban geochemistry focusing on the sources, mobility, speciation and bioaccessibility of trace elements in diverse sampling media within the complex environment of urban agglomerations. I am also interested in the geochemical composition of waters following water-rock interaction processes and human effects. To achive the goals, I am seeking to apply stable (e.g. N) and radiogenic isotopes (e.g. Pb) to better elucidate the contribution of diverse sources to the soil-water-dust geochemistry.   

I have developed successive collaborations with the Lab of Environmental Chemistry (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), the Lab of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry (Agricultural University of Athens), the Department of Environmental Geosciences (Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague), the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University) and the Lithosphere Fluid Research Lab (Eötvös University). The outcome of these collaborations is the publication of results in well-established peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Pollution, Applied Geochemistry, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety).