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Christian Maurice
Christian Maurice

Christian Maurice

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Soil Mechanics
Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 491755
T3316 Luleå

Field of research

Christian works with questions related to trace elements spreading in water and soil. The aim of the researcher is to better assess and treat pollutants dissolved and adsorbed in soil. The application of the research is to bind trace elements to the matrix or mobilise them through leaching. Christian works with arsenic in soil, remediation of mining waste, sampling strategy, toxicity and leaching tests. Christian is active in the soil remediation center (MCN).


Christian has a PhD from the department of environmental technology at Luleå University of technology. He has a degree in geological engineering from ENSG in Nancy. His PhD-studies dealt with natural system to treat emissions from landfills. 

Mixing of Green liquor dregs and ash
Mixing of Green liquor dregs and ash

Research projects

Utilisation of Green liquor dregs (GLD) for the treatment of mining waste

Mining operations result in huge amounts of waste rock and tailings that may have detrimental effects on soil, water and biota. The aim of the project is to study if Green liquor dregs (GLD), alkaline rest products from the paper industry, can be used as sealing layers for remediation of sulphide-bearing tailings and other sulphidic materials. The project is financed by Formas.

Chemicals for soil washing of arsenic polluted soil

Large amounts of arsenic polluted soil resulting from former wood impregnation activities are landfilled. The aim of the project is to find adequate chemical mixtures to leach arsenic from the soil particles. The project is financed by Formas in cooperation with KTH.

Assessment of redox sensitive elements.

Redox sensitive elements such as arsenic are more mobile under anaerobic conditions. The leaching tests that are used today do not take into account anaerobic conditions and underestimate the mobility of such elements. The aim of the project is to suggest alternative leaching procedures for materials containing redox sensitive elements such as arsenic soil, pyrite cinders, and blast furnace slag. The project is financed by EU-objective 2.

Sampling strategy for brownfields.

Hugh resources are spent to investigate brownfields. However, the results are often of poor quality. The aim of the project is to optimise sampling strategy for brownfields to retrieve as much information as possible and to assess the quality of it. The project is financed by EU-objective 2.

Modelling for the selection of remediation strategies for TSF

Engineered multilayer covers is one solution to one of the mining industry main challenges i.e. the release of acid mine drainage (AMD), containing heavy metals, from mine waste deposits. Engineered multilayer covers can be constructed on top of sulfidic mine waste to limit oxygen and water ingress and thereby limiting generation of AMD. Numerical modelling can be used as a tool to evaluate the efficiency of the cover designs, varying hydraulic properties, number and thickness of layers of the materials used in the construction. Several designs can be tested at a low cost compared to building field tests for every change in parameter.


Conference paper

Amelioration of permeable soil with green liquor dregs for the construction of sealing layers for mine waste storage facilities (2020)

Kronsell. I, Nigéus. S, Virolainen. A, Jia. Y, Pabst. T, Marurice. C
Part of: 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020), EDP Sciences, 2020, 06006
Article in journal

Effective Oxygen Diffusion Coefficient of Till and Green Liquor Dregs (GLD) Mixes Used in Sealing Layer in Mine Waste Covers (2020)

Virolainen. A, Maurice. C, Pabst. T
Water, Air and Soil Pollution, Vol. 231, nr. 2
Article in journal

Effects of the co-disposal of lignite fly ash and coal mine waste rocks on AMD and leachate quality (2019)

Qureshi. A, Maurice. C, Öhlander. B
Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 26, nr. 4, s. 4104-4115
Article in journal

Geotechnical and chemical characterization of field-applied fly ash as sealing material over mine tailings (2019)

Jia. Y, Stahre. N, Maurice. C, Öhlander. B
International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 16, nr. 3, s. 1701-1710