Shervin Kabiri

Dr Shervin Kabiri

Mortlock Fellow

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Shervin Kabiri is a Mortlock Fellow and an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. She joined the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) at the University of Adelaide in 2018, focusing on enhancing the physical properties of fertilizers and developing novel coating materials to improve their physical characteristics.

In 2019, she became involved in a new project centered on the remediation of contaminated soils with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Since then, she has collaborated with various Australian industries on different PFAS-related projects. Her research primarily focuses on understanding PFAS fate and transport in the environment, PFAS leaching from contaminated soil, PFAS runoff to surface waters, and the development of new technologies and materials for PFAS removal from water or their immobilization in soil.

During her PhD and postdoctoral research, she collaborated with several industries. Her research interests include:

  • Understanding the fundamental processes controlling PFAS release from contaminated soils
  • Investigating the longevity of PFAS immobilization in soil
  • PFAS immobilization in soil using different sorbents
  • PFAS phytoremediation
  • Application of non-destructive and rapid spectroscopy methods, combined with statistical modeling, to predict PFAS leaching from soil
  • Synthesis of novel materials for PFAS removal from water or their immobilization in soil
  • Development of new technology for PFAS removal from multiple substrates
  • Effect of fungi or soil microbes on PFAS uptake by plants


2024-27 Closing the data gap: Systematic monitoring of PFAS remediation in soil, ARC-DECRA, $398,945

2023-24 Can biochar prevent toxic PFAS entering the human food chain?, Yitpi Foundation, $14,650

2023-25- Longevity of stabilised soils for PFAS; Evaluation of shallow emplacement; CSIRO, $139,070.80

2023-25-Ameliorated compost or biosolid composite materials with safe and sustainable application in the agriculture, FAME Sustainability Accelerated- UoA, $94,278

2023-24 Do beneficial soil fungi reduce the accumulation of toxic PFAS in cereal crops? Yitpi Foundation, $14,050

2023-24 Development of a new sorbent for removal of emerging contaminants from the environment, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, $100,000

2021-22 ARC-Tender Comprehensive review of the literature in the area of PFAS remediation and destruction to assess their appropriateness in the Australian context, ARC, $190,000

2020-21 Evaluating the longevity of the effectiveness of soil stabilization in reducing the leachability of PFAS, CSIRO, $71,000

2020-21 Investigating PFAS runoff, Ventia PTY LTD, $192,238

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Development of innovative nano-structured amendments for improving soil structural stability in alkaline dispersive soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Zeinab Ghasemzadeh
    2023 Co-Supervisor The evaluation of foam fractionation via high-shear mixing as a process for the remediation of PFAS-contaminated waters and soils. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew James Richardson
    2022 Co-Supervisor Desorption of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from solid matrices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Minshu Liang
  • Position: Mortlock Fellow
  • Phone: 83139306
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Prescott, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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