ESR4 - The inventory of geogenic and anthropogenic REE and yttrium in major European Rivers

ESR4 - Addis Kobeb Alemu

The Early Stage Reasercher (ESR) for this research topic is Addis Kobeb Alemu.

I studied B. Ed in Chemistry with minor mathematics and MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.  I also did my second European Joint Master’s Degree in Quality in Analytical Laboratories (EMQAL). I had awarded the C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers where I conducted a collaborative research on removal of Cr (VI) by biosorption and training for three months at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Assam, India. I also worked as a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia; where they provided me a study leave for this PhD program under PANORAMA Project.


However, I wish ever to be professional in the field Environmental areas applying the state-of-the-art of analytical chemistry in emerging contaminants that may cause ecological and/or human health impacts. The interdisciplinary PANORAMA project under the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network is the best of its kind and perfect match of my interests as it combines training, field work, experimental, analysis and innovative research tools on REE and Yttrium. Moreover, it involves a collaborative approach of different researchers both with academic and non-academic sectors to develop wide cross-cutting research skills to attain the requisite level of competence and expertise as an independent researcher. 


Therefore, I am very enthusiastic to engage to this scientific research group at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany to develop my research skill and establish long-term partnership among the institutions with my home university in Ethiopia.

This Early Stage Researcher will be hosted in Jacob University Bremen and will be supervised by Prof. Michael Bau and a PhD comittee including Dr Aline Dia, Dr. Dennis Krämer and Prof. Andrea Koschinsky.

This topic of research aims to quantify the geogenic and anthropogenic levels of truly dissolved, nanoparticulate colloidal and particulate REE and yttrium in major European rivers and lakes. A definition of geogenic baseline will be established and transfer of anthropogenic REE into drinking water will be investigated. The researchers will work closely with the ones from ESR5.

Two secondments are planned:

  • Instituto Superior Técnico (two months): sampling and processing waters from river systems in the Iberian Peninsula; 
  • Université Rennes 1 (three months): Analysis of REE bound to colloids.