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"I am focusing on the mineralogy and geochemistry of acid sulphate soils"

Published: 24 February 2022

Meet Federico Alvarellos, PhD Student in Applied Geochemistry at Luleå University of Technology.

What are you going to work on?

I am focusing on the mineralogy and geochemistry of acid sulphate soils present in the coastal areas of northern Sweden. I analyse the seasonal development of groundwater chemistry and isotopic composition (Fe and S) in soils. The main aim of this study is to have a better understanding of the processes and kinetics involved in oxidation of sulphide-bearing soils. This will help to gain an understanding of the environmental risks of these soils during exposure as well as to develop methods for environmentally sound handling, and eventually how to treat the excavated soils making them useful construction materials.

Tell us a little about your background

I was born in Buenos Aires and I have lived in Patagonia for many years. I am a Geologist, with a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Argentina and a master's degree in geology applied to energy resources from the University of Granada, Spain. I worked in the oil and gas industry, I taught physics and environmental management in private institutions.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I compose songs and I play the guitar. I also like to spend time in nature and I workout.

Federico Alvarellos

Federico Alvarellos, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 491239
Organisation: Applied Geochemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering