Jörg Rinklebe

Jörg Rinklebe
Bergische Universität Wuppertal | Uni-Wuppertal, BUW · School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Ph.D., Professor

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September 2006 - present
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
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  • Professor (Full)
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  • Professor for Soil- and Groundwater-Management/ soil science / soil contamination

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Publications (415)
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Hydrochar has potential applications in soil improvement and heavy metal remediation. Hydrochar would undergo the process of aging when introduced into the soil, altering its properties. However, recent studies have focused mainly on the artificial aging of hydrochar, which could not reveal the cumulative effect of multiple environmental factors. T...
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Rice is an important food crop that is susceptible to arsenic (As) contamination under paddy soil conditions depending on As uptake characteristics of the rice genotypes. Here we unveiled the significance of eighteen (fine and coarse) rice genotypes against As accumulation/tolerance, morphological and physiological response, and antioxidant enzymes...
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Biodegradation of microplastics (MPs) in contaminated biowastes has received big scientific attention during the past few years. The aim here is to study the impacts of livestock manure biochar (LMBC) on the biodegradation of polyhydroxyalkanoate microplastics (PHA-MPs) during composting, which have not yet been verified. LMBC (10% wt/wt) and PHA-M...
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Abandoned gold mining spoils pose socio-environmental, human, and animal health impacts and threaten sustainability of mineral exploration. Using soil from an abandoned mine spoil (mean total As = 5,104 mg/kg), we carried out a pot experiment to quantify the uptake of arsenic (As)- of ryegrass (Lolium perenne) using compost, iron oxide and manure a...
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Biochar, a carbon-rich material made from the partial combustion of biomass wastes, is an emerging material of interest as it can remediate pollutants and serve as a negative carbon emission technology. In this Review, we discuss the application of biochar in municipal wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater decontamination and stormwater manag...
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Fishpond sediments are rich in organic carbon and nutrients; thus, they can be used as potential fertilizers and soil conditioners. However, sediments can be contaminated with toxic elements (TEs), which have to be immobilized to allow sediment reutilization. Addition of biochars (BCs) to contaminated sediments may enhance their nutrient content an...
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Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals, which reach terrestrial and aquatic environments through anthropogenic activities. Major sources of PFAS in the environment include fire-fighting foams (aqueous film forming foam (AFFF)), wastewater sources, biosolids, and composts. Limited information is available about PFAS in wa...
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The wide use of hazardous formaldehyde (CH2O) in disinfections, adhesives and wood-based furniture leads to undesirable emissions to indoor environments. This is highly problematic as formaldehyde is a highly hazardous and toxic compound present in both liquid and gaseous form. The majority of gaseous and atmospheric formaldehyde derive from microb...
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A novel composite of hydroxyapatite tailored hierarchical porous biochar (HA-HPB) was synthesized and used for the adsorptive immobilization of Cd(II) and Pb(II) in water and soil. The hierarchical porous biochar (HPB) was prepared from rice husk through a molten-salt-assisted pyrolysis approach; then, a series of HA-HPB (with 0.5, 1, 2, 3, and 4 g...
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Melatonin (M) is a pleiotropic molecule that improves plant growth and increases heavy metal tolerance. The role of M for improving plant growth and tolerance under cadmium (Cd) stress, and mitigation of Cd-induced toxicity has not yet been sufficiently examined. Therefore, here we conducted a glasshouse experiment to explore the influence of va...
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Removal of toxic chemicals from the environment using novel adsorbents is of great concern. In this study, a novel composite of molybdenum trioxide (MoO3)-engineered biochar (MoO3-BC) was derived from corn straw and synthesized for the removal of Pb(II) from water. The pyrolysis temperature of 600 °C was suitable for the thermal self-assembly of Mo...
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Land treatment has become an essential waste management practice. Therefore, soil becomes a major source of contaminants including organic chemicals and potentially toxic elements (PTEs) which enter the food chain, primarily through leaching to potable water sources, plant uptake, and animal transfer. A range of soil amendments are used to manage t...
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Arsenic (As) redox-induced mobilisation and speciation in polluted gold mine sites in tropical climates largely remains unknown. Here, we investigated the impact of changes in soil redox potential (EH) (-54 mV to +429 mV) on mobilisation of As and its dominant species in an abandoned spoil (total As = 4,283 mg/kg) using an automated biogeochemical...
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Trace elements (TEs) contamination of agricultural soils requires suitable criteria for regulating their toxicity limits in soil and food crops, which depends on their potential ecological risk spanning regional to global scales. However, no comprehensive study is available that links TE concentrations in paddy soil with ecological and human health...
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The combined effects of microbial inoculants (MI) and magnesium ammonium phosphate (MAP; struvite) on organic matter (OM) biodegradation and nutrients stabilization during biowaste composting have not yet been investigated. Therefore, the effects of MI and MAP on OM stability and P species during swine manure composting were investigated using geoc...
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Nanotechnology offers great opportunities for sustainable management of degraded soils and using of saline water. The use of green nanoagrochemicals (e.g., nanofertilizers) derived from plant biowastes is highly concerning from an agro-environmental point of view. The impacts of nanoagrochemicals on salt tolerance mechanisms of Williams banana (Mus...
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Chromium (Cr) contamination in soil and water poses high toxicity risks to organisms and threatens food and water security worldwide. Biochar has emerged as a promising material for cleaning up Cr contamination owing to biochar's strong capacity to immobilize Cr. This paper synthesizes information on biochar modification for the efficient remediati...
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Taking advantage of the different histories of Hg deposition in Davos Seehornwald in E-Switzerland and Changbai Mountain in NE-China, the influence of atmospheric deposition on Hg soil dynamics in forest soil profiles was investigated. Today, Hg fluxes in bulk precipitation were similar, and soil profiles were generally sinks for atmospherically de...
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Nanotechnology has a wide range of agricultural applications, with emphasize on the development of novel nano-agrochemicals such as, nano-fertilizer and nano-pesticides. It has a significant impact on sustainable agriculture by increasing agricultural productivity, while reducing the use of inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Nano-co...
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The excessive diquat (DQ) residue poses a serious hazard to the ecological environment and human health. Herein, a simple, low-cost, and scalable ultrasonication-assisted strategy was proposed to fabricate the composite of Super-P carbon black nanoparticles dispersed palygorskite (Pal) nanofiber, which was employed to construct an electrochemical s...
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Particulate plastic fragments (micro and nano-plastics) in aquatic environments provide abundant solid sub-strates, which serve as an important habitat for a variety of microorganisms. Surfaces of microplastics (MPs) exhibit hydrophobicity that facilitate the adsorption of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the aquatic environment. Furthermore, MPs...
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The limited fossil fuel supply toward carbon neutrality has driven tremendous efforts to replace fuel vehicles by electric ones. The recycling of retired power batteries, a core energy supply component of electric vehicles (EVs), is necessary for developing a sustainable EV industry. Here, we comprehensively review the current status and technical...
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Producing nanomaterials from hazardous wastes for water and soil treatment is of great concern. Here, we produced and fully characterized two novel nanomaterials from sugar beet processing (SBR)- and brick factory-residuals (BFR) and assed their ability for Cd and Cu sorption in water and reducing metal availability in a contaminated soil. The SBR...
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Biochar (BC) has gained attention for removal of toxic elements (TEs) from aqueous media; however, pristine biochar often exhibits low adsorption capability. Thus, various modification strategies in BC have been developed to improve its removal capability against TEs. Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) and iron oxides (FeOx) have been used as sorben...
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Conversion of hazardous waste materials to value-added products is of great interest from both agro-environmental and economic points of view. Bone char (BC) has been used for the removal of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) from contaminated water, however, its potential BC for the immobilization of PTEs in contaminated water and soil compared to...
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Mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and improving soil health using biochar (BC) shall help achieving the UN-Sustainable Development Goals. The impacts of walnut shells biochar (WSB) pyrolyzed at different temperatures on CO2 and N2O emission and soil health have not been yet sufficiently explored. We investigated the effects of addition...
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Thallium is a highly poisonous heavy metal. Since Tl pollution control has been neglected worldwide until the present, countless Tl pollutants have been discharged into the environment, endangering the safety of drinking water, farmland soil, and food chain, and eventually posing a great threat to human health. However, the source, occurrence, path...
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Lavrio is a Greek town with several abandoned Ag/Pb mines. In this study, 19 potentially toxic elements (PTEs) were measured in soil, weeds, and olives. Levels of seven of the studied PTEs in soil were highly elevated: Zn (56.2–58,726 mg kg⁻¹), Pb (36.2–31,332), As (7.3–10,886), Cu (8.3–1,273), Sb (0.99–297.8), Cd (0.17–287.7), and Ag (0.09–38.7)....
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Biochar application is a promising strategy for the remediation of contaminated soil, while ensuring sustainable waste management. Biochar remediation of heavy metal (HM)-contaminated soil primarily depends on the properties of the soil, biochar, and HM. The optimum conditions for HM immobilization in biochar-amended soils are site-specific and var...
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Soil heavy metal contamination has increasingly become a serious environmental issue globally, nearing crisis proportions. There is an urgent need to find environmentally friendly materials to remediate heavy-metal contaminated soils. With the continuing maturation of research on using biochar (BC) for the remediation of contaminated soil, nano-bio...
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Assessing toxic metals (TMs) contamination and phytoremediation potentiality in coastal mangrove lagoons is needed for applying sustainable management of this ecosystem. Consequently, here we determined the pseudo-total content of TMs in the sediments and mangrove plants (leaves, stems, aerial roots, and fine roots) collected from Al-Shuaiba, Yanbu...
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Arsenic (As) contaminated mining spoils pose health threats to environmental resources and humans, and thus, mitigating this potential risk is worth investigating. Here, we studied the impacts of biochar, compost, iron oxide , manure, and inorganic fertilizer on the non-specifically (readily bioavailable)-and specifically-sorbed As and soil quality...
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Ecosystem service value (ESV) is influenced by land use and land cover (LULC), and is closely related to natural conditions and human activities. However, the interactions between human and natural systems and ESV remain unclear, especially concerning widely discussed meteorological and socioeconomic factors. In this study, three periods of LULC pa...
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Nitrogen (N) doping endows biochar with remarkable catalytic ability to activate peroxysulfate for degradation of organics. Herein, a new strategy was proposed by creating defective carbon in pinewood-derived biochar (BC800) under alkaline conditions to favor C-N configuration using 2-methylimidazole as an extrinsic N-dopant. After doping process,...
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A novel adsorptive organoclay (Intraplex A®) was developed for the in situ immobilization of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the vadose zone. We provide the first evaluation of the effects of Intraplex A® on earthworms and plants in a PFAS-contaminated soil. Ecotoxicological tests were carried out on control soil with and without Intr...
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Cadmium (Cd) soil pollution is a global issue affecting crop production and food safety. Remediation methods involving in-situ Cd immobilization have been developed, but their effectiveness can diminish under seasonal freeze-thaw aging processes. In this study, we assessed the field performance of four soil treatments at a seasonally frozen rice pa...
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The development of manganese (Mn) oxides (MnOx) modified biochar (MnOBC) for the removal of pollutants from water has received significant attention. However, a comprehensive review focusing on the use of MnOBC for the removal of organic and inorganic pollutants from water is missing. Therefore, the preparation and characterization of MnOBC, and it...
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The levels of potentially toxic metal(loid)s (PTMs) As, Cu, Co, Cr, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn in resuspended street dust (<100 μm particles) from a megacity in north China were determined. The sources of PTMs in resuspended street dust were analyzed using multivariate statistical analysis and positive matrix factorization methods that combined the spa...
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Toxic and hazardous waste poses a serious threat to human health and the environment. Green remediation technologies are required to manage such waste materials, which is a demanding and difficult task. Here, effort was made to explore the role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa SR17 in alleviating naphthalene via catabolism and simultaneously producing bio...
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Currently, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are thrown away each year, most of which are incinerated or landfilled causing large environmental, social, and economic issues. Therefore, the utilisation of food waste as biofertilisers, such as composts and digestates, is a solution to reduce the problems created by incineration and landfilling whilst simult...
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Adsorption is the most widely adopted, effective, and reliable treatment process for the removal of inorganic and organic contaminants from wastewater. One of the major issues with the adsorption-treatment process for the removal of contaminants from wastewater streams is the recovery and sustainable management of spent adsor-bents. This review foc...
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The effects of topography, land cover type, and soil physicochemical properties on the distribution of soil organic carbon (SOC) and total nitrogen (TN) have drawn growing attention recently, but little is known about how these features-associated interactions impact SOC and TN. To elucidate how these interactions affect the preservation of carbon...
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The impact of land use type on the content of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in the soils of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) and the associated ecological and human health risks has drawn great attention. Consequently, in this study, top- and subsurface soil samples were collected from areas with four different land uses (i.e., cropland, forest,...
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The effects of catalytic hydrothermal (HT) pretreatment on animal manure followed by the addition of hydrochar on the nutrients recovery have not yet been investigated using a combination of chemical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques. Therefore, a catalytic HT process was employed to pretreat swine manure without additives (manure-HT) and...
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Iron (Fe)-modified biochar, a renewable amendment that synthetizes the functions of biochar and Fe materials, demonstrates a potential to remediate arsenic (As)-contaminated soils. However, the effectiveness of Fe-based biochar to immobilize As in paddy soils under varying redox conditions (Eh) has not been quantified. We tested the capability of t...
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Climate change is a global challenge that is accelerated by contamination with hazardous substances like arsenic (As), posing threat to the agriculture, ecosystem and human health. Here, we explored the impact of various ameliorants on geochemical distribution of As in two soils with contrasting textures (sandy clay loam (Khudpur Village) and clay...
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Improving the recovery of organic matter and phosphorus (P) from hazardous biowastes such as swine manure using acidic substrates (ASs) in conjunction with aerobic composting is of great interest. This work aimed to investigate the effects of ASs on the humification and/or P migration as well as on microbial succession during the swine manure compo...
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High concentrations of arsenic (As) in groundwater threaten the environment and public health. Geogenically, groundwater As contamination predominantly occurs via its mobilization from underground As-rich sediments. In an aquatic ecosystem, As is typically driven by several underlying processes, such as redox transitions, microbially driven reducti...
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Antimony (Sb) is introduced into soils, sediments, and aquatic environments from various sources such as weathering of sulfide ores, leaching of mining wastes, and anthropogenic activities. High Sb concentrations are toxic to ecosystems and potentially to public health via the accumulation in food chain. Although Sb is poisonous and carcinogenic to...
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Global concerns towards potentially toxic elements (PTEs) are steadily increasing due to the significant threats that PTEs pose to human health and environmental quality. This calls for immediate, effective and efficient remediation solutions. Earthworms, the 'ecosystem engineers', can modify and improve soil health and enhance plant productivity....
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Soil degradation is an exceedance of the capacity and resiliency of soil for providing functions and ecosystem services. It is a complex ongoing phenomenon threatening humans’ livelihoods and our future on earth. Knowledge gain can help to find solutions for monitoring, preventing and combating soil degradation. In this chapter we address the essen...
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Contamination of paddy fields with potentially toxic elements (PTEs) has become a global environmental problem. Biochar has been widely used as an amendment for the stabilization of PTEs in soils. However, in many cases, the pristine biochar has limited effectiveness in remediating soils contaminated with multi-PTEs. Recently, functionalized biocha...
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Biochar application has long been recognized as one of the best approaches for sustainable agriculture. In this regard, studies involved investigating the impact of various biochar types on a wide range physicochemical and biological properties of different soil types and the growth performance of crop species. Although the studies focus on the div...
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Nanomaterials (NMs) possess many unique properties that are increasingly used in environmental applications. Twenty-six articles in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) from 2018 to 2021were identified that enhance our understanding and provide insight about future research directions with NMs in the environment. The fir...
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Increasing agricultural production has become one of the key components to bridge the gap between securing food resources and sustainable development goals (SDGs), namely, no poverty, zero hunger, preservation of natural resources (water and energy), combating climate change and its impacts, and halting the loss of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosy...
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Contamination of aquatic systems by antimony (Sb) is a worldwide issue due to its risks to eco-environment and human health. Batch sorption experiments were conducted to assess the equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics of antimonite [Sb(III)] sorption by pristine biochar (BC) and chitosan-loaded biochar (CHBC) derived from branches of Ficus micr...
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Sustainable management of low fertile arid soils using carbon-rich organic amendments such as biochar and compost is of great concern from both agricultural and environmental points of view. The impact of pyrolysis, composting, and co-composting processes of different feedstocks on carbon loss and emissions, soil properties, and plant growth in ari...
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The Antarctic krill, referring to Euphausia superba, feeds phytoplankton, grown up with photosynthesis for CO2 fixation. Therefore, the use of krill as a raw feedstock for energy production is a highly carbon negative approach, not disturbing the food supply chain of human. Although the krill has high lipid content (up to 40 wt.%, dry basis), its u...
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Modified biochar is an efficient and economical adsorbent material that is widely used for the removal of heavy metals from polluted water bodies. In this study, eucalyptus biochar was synthesized via pyrolysis as a precursor to carbon and modified by potassium permanganate (KBC) to enhance its adsorption properties for Cd removal. The physicochemi...
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Gold mine spoils are threats to environmental health and thus raise health concerns for humans and animals. A pot experiment was conducted to study arsenic (As) phytostabilisation potential of ryegrass (Lolium perenne) using compost, iron oxide and manure as soil amendments. The study was conducted on an abandoned mine spoil with mean total As of a...