Athanasios Karamalidis-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Athanasios Karamalidis

Associate Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 123L Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-1175
Fax: 412-268-7813

Research Group: EESS 
Research Center: Scott Institute for Energy Innovation


PhD 2006 - Democritus University of Thrace
BS 1998 - University of Crete

Areas of Interest

  • Resource recovery: emphasis on new technologies for the extraction and recovery of critical materials and rare earth elements
  • Geochemistry of rare earth elements
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas: Shale gas operations geochemistry, hydraulic fracturing, Enhanced oil recovery
  • Energy and environment
  • Geochemical phenomena under CO2 storage conditions in geologic formations, groundwater and shallow aquifers
  • Characterization, fate, and remediation of oil-derived hydrocarbons in water, soil, and sediment
  • Hazardous and toxic waste site remediation
  • Water chemistry and geochemical modeling of aqueous systems

Current Research Activity

The overarching theme of Professor Karamalidis research is to understand and improve the environmental performance of emerging technologies in energy production: particularly geological storage and utilization of carbon dioxide, unconventional oil and gas development, and geothermal energy and resource recovery.

Karamalidis research is focused on assessing potential impacts on groundwater and developing strategies for mitigating impacts. His research is also focused on developing new technologies for resource recovery (e.g. for extraction and recovery of critical materials including rare earth elements) and understanding the fundamental science for the environmental and geochemical processes involved in water-energy production domain.

Selected Publications

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2014: received Berkman Faculty Development Award on “Technologies for the Recovery of Rare Earth Elements”
  • 2014: named ORISE Faculty Fellow, Unconventional Oil & Gas, NETL U.S. DOE
  • 2012: named ORISE Faculty Fellow, Geologic CO2 Storage, NETL U.S. DOE