Athanasios Karamalidis-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Athanasios Karamalidis

Assistant Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Address:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 118J Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-1175
Fax: 412-268-7813

Research Groups: EESS 

Education

Ph.D. 2006, Democritus University of Thrace

Areas of Interest

  • Geochemical phenomena under CO2 sequestration conditions in geologic formations, groundwater and shallow aquifers
  • Geochemical modeling for aquatic systems
  • Characterization, fate, and remediation of oil-derived hydrocarbons in water, soil, and sediment
  • Hazardous and toxic waste site remediation
  • Aquatic chemistry

Current Research Activity

Ensuring the protection of subsurface resources, such as groundwater aquifers, during geologic CO2 sequestration is an important component of risk assessment activities. The release of chemical species regulated by the U.S. EPA Safe Water Drinking Act due to geochemical reactions induced by CO2 migration (or brine migration, both CO2¬-reacted and unreacted) from storage reservoirs into groundwater or shallow aquifers needs to be addressed when assessing long-term residual risk from geologic storage activities.

In several projects being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, we are working to enhance understanding of potential impacts of CO2 on release, fate, and transport of organic compounds or heavy metals in geological storage formations, and approaches needed for protection of aquifers and subsurface resources.  The research is helping to support development of science-based, quantitative methods for calculating site-specific risk profiles as in relation to long-term CO2 storage site stewardship.

Selected Publications

  • Karamalidis, A.K., Torres, S.G., Hakala, J.A., Shao, H., Cantrell, K.J. and Carroll, S. (2013) "Trace Metal Source Terms in Carbon Sequestration Environments," Environmental Science & Technology, 47(1): 322–329.
  • Burant, A., Lowry, G.V. and Karamalidis, A.K., (2013) "Partitioning Behavior of Organic Contaminants in Carbon Storage Environments: A Critical Review,” Environmental Science & Technology, 47(1): 37–54.
  • Wang, Z., Small, M.J., and Karamalidis, A.K. (2012) "A Multi-Model Predictive System for Carbon Dioxide Solubility in Saline Formation Waters,” Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/es303842j.
  • Karamalidis, A.K., and Dzombak, D.A. (2010) “Surface Complexation Modeling: Gibbsite,” John Wiley & Sons, New York, 312.
  • Karamalidis, A.K., Evangelou, A., Karabika, E., Koukkou, A.I., Drainas, C., and Voudrias, E.A. (2010) “Laboratory scale bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil by indigenous microorganisms and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa strain Spet,” Bioresource Technology, 101(16): 6545-6552.
  • Karamalidis, A.K., and Voudrias, E.A. (2008) “Anion Leaching from Refinery Oily Sludge and Ash from Incineration of Oily Sludge Stabilized/Solidified with Cement. Part I. Experimental Results,” Environmental Science and Technology, 42(16): 6116-6123.
  • Karamalidis, A.K., and Voudrias, E.A. (2008) “Anion Leaching from Refinery Oily Sludge and Ash from Incineration of Oily Sludge Stabilized/Solidified with Cement. Part II. Modeling,” Environmental Science and Technology, 42(16): 6124-6130.
  • Karamalidis, A.K., and Voudrias, E.A. (2007) “Cement-based Stabilization/Solidification of Oil Refinery Sludge: Leaching Behavior of Alkanes and PAHs,” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 148(1-2): 122-135.