Shervin Kabiri

Dr Shervin Kabiri

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A

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 postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. She joined the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) at the University of  Adelaide in 2018. Her work in FTRC was focused on enhancing the physical properties of fertilizers, and the development of novel coating materials for fertilizers to enhance their physical properties.

Later in 2019, she was involved in a new project with a focus on the remediation of contaminated soils with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Since then she has collaborated with a few Australian industries on different PFAS-related projects. Her research 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 immobilisation in soil.

She has collaborated with a few industries during her PhD and postdoctoral research and her research interests are listed as follows:

  • Understanding the effect of PFAS accumulation at the air/water interfaces during their leaching in unsaturated conditions
  • Investigate long-term retention of PFAS in soil
  • Application of non-destructive and rapid spectroscopy methods, combined with statistical modelling, to predict PFAS leaching from soil
  • Synthesis of novel materials for removal of PFAS from water or their immobilization in soil  
  • Development of new technologies based on PFAS accumulation at the air-water interfaces for remediation of contaminated soil and water with PFAS
  • Application of graphene and its derivatives as nutrient carriers for plant
  • Graphene-based materials to enhance the physical properties of fertilizers

I have been chief investigator on 2 industry grants worth over $250,00 and one ARC grant.
2020-21 Evaluating the longevity of the effectiveness of soil stabilisation in reducing the leachability of PFAS, $71,000
2020-21 Investigating PFAS runoff,  $192,238
2021-22 ARC-Tender Comprehensive review of the literatures in the area of PFAS remediation and destruction to assess their appropriateness in the Australian context, $190,000

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Desorption of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from solid matrices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Minshu Liang
    2021 Co-Supervisor Development and optimisation of materials for the remediation of PFAS Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Matthew James Richardson
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A
  • Phone: 83139306
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Prescott, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - WT

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