New job vacancy (June 2020)

Loughborough University (UK) offers two positions for post doc researchers related to two H2020 funded projects.

SUM 2020

5th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy

New date and location: 18-20 November 2020, Venice, Italy


8th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, November 16-19, 2020, Venice, Italy. Website

CRETE 2020

7th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management

Rescheduled to May 18-21, 2021. Chania, Crete, Greece Website

ICLRS 2020

11th Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium

Rescheduled to June 2022, Wilmington, NC, USA.Website

Jurate Kumpiene

Waste Science & Technology


Why I joined IWWG

This is a unique group of people with a broad geographic coverage and ample expertise in a wide range of scientific disciplines, representation of governmental agencies, public sector and industry.  The group is not large, not yet at least, but impressive in terms of the knowledge it possesses in waste management. I wanted to be a part of that group, to get a better access to the knowledge and experience of its members, to learn more about their successes and failures.  I am not planning only to take, I am also ready to give and share – my time, ideas, technical base and effort – to contribute making this professional organization an important node of the global waste management sector with an impact stretching outside its boundaries.

Academic experience

Since 2014      Professor, Waste Science & Technology, Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
2013 - 2014    Associate Professor, Waste Science & Technology, LTU
2012 - 2013    Lecturer, Waste Science & Technology, LTU
2010 - 2011    Environmental consultant (40%), Sweco Environment AB
2008 - 2011    Assistant Professor; Div. of Waste Science & Technology, LTU

Memberships and awards

National and international awards:
Award “Supervisor of the Year 2013”, Luleå University of Technology
2009. The Royal Skytte Society’s Award for young researcher at the Technical faculty of Luleå university of Technology
Award for the Highly Cited Author 2007-2010, Elsevier Publisher - Environmental Pollution

Member in academic organisations:
Since 2012 – Member of the International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development (ISGDS)
Since 2011- Member of the Executive Board of International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry (ISTEB)
Since 2008 – Member of International Waste Working Group (IWWG)
2009 – 2013 Member of Scientific Committee of International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE)

Editorial/advisory board member of international journals:
Since 2015 Associate Editor of the journal Waste Management
2016. Guest Editor of Journal of Environmental Management
2008-2015 Editorial Board member of the journal Waste Management
2007. Guest Editor of Ambio Vol 36, No 6

Review assignments for journals:
Up to 10 assignments per year mainly for the journals:
Waste Management, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Pollution, Chemosphere, Journal of Hazardous Materials and other.


Peer-reviewed scientific publications

  • Quintela-Sabaris C, Marchand L, Kidd PS, Friesl-Hanl W, Puschenreiter M, Kumpiene J, et al. Assessing phytotoxicity of trace element-contaminated soils phytomanaged with gentle remediation options at ten European field trials. Submitted to Science of the Total Environment
  • Touceda-González M, Brader G, Giagnoni L, Renella G, Eriksson J, Galazka R, Neu S, Janssen J, Friesl-Hanl W, Mench M, Müller I, Vangronsveld J, Kidd PS, Sessitsch A, Prieto-Fernández A, Kumpiene J, Dimitriou I, Puschenreiter M, Siebielec G. Microbial community structure and activity in trace element-contaminated soils (phyto)managed by Gentle Remediation Options (GRO). Submitted to Environmental Pollution
  • Bert V, Neu S, Zdanevitch I, Friesl-Hanl W, Collet S, Gaucher R, Puschenreiter M, Müller I, Kumpiene J. How to manage plant biomass originated from phytotechnologies? Gathering perceptions from end-users. Submitted to International Journal of Phytoremediation
  • Rinklebe J, Kumpiene J, Du Laing G, Ok Y-S. 2017. Biogeochemistry of trace elements in the environment – Editorial to the special issue. Journal of Environmental Management 186: 127-130
  • Kumpiene J, Nordmark D, Hamberg R, Carabante I, Simanaviciene R, Aksamitauskas VC. 2016. Leaching of arsenic, copper and chromium from thermally treated soil. Journal of Environmental Management. 183: 460-466
  • Kasiuliene A, Paulauskas VA, Kumpiene J. 2016. Chelant-assisted accumulation of Cd, Cu, and Zn in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) biomass as a renewable energy feedstock. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 25: 1-9
  • Kumpiene J, Brännvall E, Wolters M, Skoglund N, Cirba S, Aksamitauskas VC. 2016. Phosphorus and cadmium availability in soil fertilized with biosolids and ashes. Chemosphere 151: 124-132
  • Tiberg C, Kumpiene J, Gustafsson JP, Marsz A, Persson I, Mench M, Kleja DB. 2016. Immobilization of Cu and As in two contaminated soils with zero-valent iron - Long-term performance and mechanisms. Applied Geochemistry 67: 144-152
  • Brännvall E, Kumpiene J. 2016. Fly ash in landfill top covers - A review. Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts 18: 11-21
  • Kasiuliene A, Paulauskas V, Kumpiene J. 2016. Influence of nitrogen fertilizer on Cd and Zn accumulation in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) biomass. Agronomy Research 14: 418-427
  • Xue K, van Nostrand JD, Vangronsveld J, Witters N, Janssen JO, Kumpiene J, Siebielec G, Galazka R, Giagnoni L, Arenella, Zhou J-Z, Renella G. 2015. Management with willow short rotation coppice increase the functional gene diversity and functional activity of a heavy metal polluted soil. Chemosphere 138: 469-477
  • Brännvall E, Wolters M, Sjöblom R, Kumpiene J. 2015. Elements availability in soil fertilized with pelletized fly ash and biosolids. Journal of Environmental Management 159: 27-36
  • Travar I, Kihl, A, Kumpiene J. 2015. The release of As, Cr and Cu from contaminated soil stabilized with APC residues under landfill conditions. Journal of Environmental Management 151: 1-10
  • Travar I, Andreas L, Kumpiene J, Lagerkvist A. 2015. Development of drainage water quality from a landfill cover built with secondary construction materials. Waste Management 35: 148-158
  • Xu J, Garcia Bravo A, Lagerkvist A, Bertilsson S, Sjöblom R, Kumpiene J. 2015. Sources and remediation techniques for mercury contaminated soil – review. Environment International 74: 42-53
  • Kumpiene, J  , Bert, V, Dimitriou I, Eriksson J, Friesl-Hanl W, Galazka R, Herzig R, Janssen J, Kidd P, Mench M, Muller I, Neu S, Oustriere N, Puschenreiter M, Renella G, Roumier P-H, Siebielec G, Vangronsveld J, Manier N. 2014. Selecting chemical and ecotoxicological test batteries for risk assessment of trace element-contaminated soils (phyto)managed by gentle remediation options (GRO). Science of the Total Environment 496: 510-522
  • Xu J, Berggren Kleja D, Biester H, Lagerkvist A, Kumpiene J. 2014. Influence of particle size distribution, organic carbon, pH and chlorides on washing of mercury contaminated soil. Chemosphere 109: 99-105
  • Carabante I, Mouzon J, Kumpiene J, Gran M, Fredriksson A, Hedlund J. 2014. Reutilization of porous sintered hematite bodies as effective adsorbents for arsenic(V) removal from water. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 53: 12689-12696
  • Brännvall E, Belmonte Zamora C, Sjöblom R, Kumpiene J. 2014. Effect of residue combinations on availability of elements. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 276: 171-181.
  • Carabante I, Mouzon J, Kumpiene J, Gran M, Fredriksson A, Hedlund J. 2014. Reutilization of porous sintered hematite bodies as effective adsorbents for arsenic(V) removal from water. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 53: 12689-12696
  • Bolan NS, Kunhikrishnan A, Kumpiene J, Park J, Makino T, Kirkham MB, Scheckel K. 2014. Remediation of heavy metal(loid)s contaminated soils - to mobilize or to immobilize? – A review. Hazardous Materials 266: 141-166
  • Brännvall E, Nilsson M, Sjöblom R, Kumpiene J. 2014. Effect of industrial residue combinations on plant uptake of elements. Journal of Environmental Management 132: 287-295
  • Kumpiene J, Desogus P, Schulenburg S, Arenella M, Renella G, Brännvall E, Lagerkvist A, Andreas L, Sjöblom R. 2013. Utilisation of chemically stabilised arsenic-contaminated soil in a landfill cover. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20: 8649-8662
  • Carabante I, Grahn M, Holmgren A, Kumpiene J, Hedlund J. 2012. Influence of Zn(II) on the adsorption of arsenate onto ferrihydrite. Environmental Science & Technology 46: 13152-13159.
  • Kumpiene J, Fitts JP, Mench M. 2012. Arsenic fractionation in mine spoils 10 years after aided phytostabilization. Environmental Pollution 166: 82-88
  • Rastas Amofah L, Maurice C, Kumpiene J, Bhattacharya P. 2011. The influence of temperature, pH/molarity and extractant on the removal of arsenic, chromium and zinc from contaminated soil. Journal of Soils and Sediments 11: 1334-1344
  • Kumpiene J, Mench M, Bes CM, Fitts JP. 2011. Assessment of aided phytostabilization of copper-contaminated soil by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and chemical extractions. Environmental Pollution 159: 1536-1542
  • Kumpiene J, Brännvall E, Taraškevičius R, Aksamitauskas C, Zinkutė R. 2011. Spatial variability of topsoil contamination with trace elements in preschools in Vilnius, Lithuania. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 108: 15-20
  • Kumpiene J, Robinson R, Brännvall E, Nordmark D, Bjurström H, Andreas L, Lagerkvist A, Ecke, H. 2011. Carbon speciation in ash, residual waste and contaminated soil by thermal and chemical analyses. Waste Management 31: 18-25.
  • Nordmark D, Kumpiene J, Andreas L, Lagerkvist A. 2011. Mobility and fractionation of arsenic, chromium and copper in thermally treated soil. Waste Management & Research 29: 2-12.
  • Onwubuya K, Cundy A, Puschenreiter M, Kumpiene J, Bone B, Greaves J, Teasdale P, Mench M, Tlustos P, Mikhalovsky S, Waite S, Friesl W, Marschner B, Muller I. 2009. Developing decision support tools for the selection of “gentle” remediation approaches. Science of the Total Environment 407: 6132-6142.
  • Herrmann I, Svensson M, Ecke H, Kumpiene J, Maurice C, Andreas L, Lagerkvist A. 2009. Hydraulic conductivity of fly ash–sewage sludge mixes for use in landfill cover liners. Water Research, 43: 3541-3547.
  • Carabante I, Grahn M, Holmgren A, Kumpiene J, Hedlund J. 2009. Adsorption of As(V) on iron oxide nanoparticle films studied by in situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 346: 106-113.
  • Schwitzguébel JP, Kumpiene J, Comino E, Vanek T. 2009. From green to clean: a promising and sustainable approach towards environmental remediation and human health for the 21st century. Agrochimica LIII: 1-29.
  • Kumpiene J, Ragnvaldsson D, Lövgren L, Tesfalidet S, Gustavsson B, Lättström A, Leffler P, Maurice C. 2009. Impact of water saturation level on arsenic and metal mobility in the Fe-amended soil. Chemosphere 74: 206-215.
  • Kumpiene J, Guerri G, Landi L, Pietramellara G, Nannipieri P, Renella G. 2009. Microbial biomass, respiration and enzyme activities after in situ aided phytostabilization of a Pb- and Cu-contaminated soil. Ecological and Environmental Safety 72: 115-119.
  • Kumpiene J, Lagerkvist A, Maurice C. 2008. Immobilization of As, Cu, Cr, Pb and Zn in soil using amendments – a review. Waste Management 28: 215-225.
  • Maurice C, Lidelöw S, Gustavsson B, Lättström A, Ragnvaldsson D, Leffler P, Lövgren L, Tesfalidet S, Kumpiene J. 2007. Techniques for the Stabilization and Assessment of Treated Copper-, Chromium-, and Arsenic-contaminated Soil. Ambio 36(6): 430-436.
  • Kumpiene J, Castillo Montesinos I, Lagerkvist A, Maurice C. 2007. Evaluation of the critical factors controlling stability of chromium, copper, arsenic and zinc in the iron-treated soil. Chemosphere 67: 410-417.
  • Kumpiene J, Ore S, Lagerkvist A, Maurice C. 2007. Stabilization of Pb and Cu contaminated soil using coal fly ash and peat. Environmental Pollution 145: 365-375.
  • Kumpiene J, Ore S, Renella G, Mench M, Lagerkvist A, Maurice C. 2006. Assessment of zerovalent iron for stabilization of chromium, copper, and arsenic in soil. Environmental Pollution 144: 62-69.
  • Kumpiene J, Lagerkvist A, Maurice C. 2006. Retention of metals leached from MSWI bottom ashes in soils. Soil and Sediment Contamination 15(4): 429-441.
  • Paton GI, Viventsova (Ruth) E, Kumpiene J, Wilson MJ, Weitz HJ, Dawson. JJC. 2006. An ecotoxicity assessment of contaminated forest soils from the Kola Peninsula. Science of the Total Environment 355: 106-117.
  • Åberg A, Kumpiene J, Ecke H. 2006. Evaluation and prediction of emissions from a road built with bottom ash from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI). Science of the Total Environment 255: 1-12. 
  • Viventsova (Ruth) E, Kumpiene J, Gunneriusson L, Holmgren A. 2005. Changes in soil organic matter composition and quantity with distance to a nickel smelter - a case study on the Kola Peninsula, NW Russia. Geoderma 127: 216-226.
  • Kumpiene J, Granström H, Ruth E, Maurice C. 2003. Immobilisation of contaminants from bottom ash: the role of soil organic matter. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management Vol. XI(1): 14-22.
  • Baltrenas P, Oškinis V, Ignatavičius G, Kumpiene J. 2001. Soil transgression and possibilities of improving environmental protection in the tank field of the Lithuanian central military ground. Environmental Engineering (Aplinkos Inzinerija), 9(2): 103-109.

Book chapters:

  • Kumpiene, J. 2010. Trace element immobilization in soil using amendments. In: Hooda, P. (Ed), Trace Elements in Soils. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Wiltshire, UK. pp. 353-380.
  • Kumpiene J, Ecke H, Maurice C. 2006. Impact of grassed swales on the fate of metals leached from roads built with municipal solid waste incineration bottom ashes. In: Sajwan, K.S., Twardowska, I., Punshon, T., Alva, A.K. (Eds.), Coal Combustion Byproducts and Environmental Issues. Springer Publishers, NY. pp. 87-98.

Contact information

Luleå University of Technology (LTU) Sweden
Phone: +46 70 3881199