School of Earth and Environment

Adriana Matamoros Veloza Dr Adriana Matamoros Veloza

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35225
Email address: A.MatamorosVeloza@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 9.128

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute

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Biography

I studied chemistry in Colombia and worked for six years in various research projects related to geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Colombia (INGEOMINAS). During this time I completed an MSc in Agrarian Sciences with emphasis in soils geochemistry. I received a PhD degree in Environmental Geochemistry from the University of Leeds working with Prof Liane G. Benning on the elucidation of inorganic pathways controlling selenium mobility in natural environments. This work focused on a quantitative understanding of the mobilisation pathway of selenium from shale rocks to the aquifers during weathering.

I worked two years as a research assistant in the Cohen laboratories at Leeds, supporting experimental activities in weathering and cyto-toxicity projects towards elemental quantification by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.

My current work as a Research Fellow deals with the nucleation and growth of iron sulfides from solution to anhydrous mackinawite in presence or absence of dopants, as a function of pH and temperature.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) – Chemistry
  • MSc in Agrarian Sciences with emphasis in soils
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Geochemistry
  • PhD in Environmental Geochemistry

Memberships/Fellowships

  • Reviewer of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Geostandard and Geoanalytical Research and Mineralogical Magazine
  • European Association of Geochemistry
  • Colombian Professional Council of Chemistry
  • Colombian Society of Soil Science

Research Interests

  • Nanoparticles chemistry (formation, growth, transformation processes)
  • Trace elements cycling
  • Study of experimental reactions at molecular scale
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Groundwater quality
  • Mineral interfaces

Publications

Journal Papers

Adriana Matamoros-Veloza*, Tomasz Stawski and Liane G. Benning (2014) Early stages of formation of FeS. (Submission to Science, in preparation)

Adriana Matamoros-Veloza*, Caroline L. Peacock and Liane G. Benning (2014) Selenium Speciation in Framboidal and Euhedral Pyrites in Shales. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(16): 8972- 8979 doi:10.1021/es405686q

Matamoros*, A. Newton, R.J., Peacock, C. and Benning L.G. Understanding organic selenium in carbonaceous shales: the Yutangba case (China). Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. (In preparation)

Matamoros*, A. Benning L.G., and Newton, R.J. Pyrite as the prime supplier of Se to the environment: a critical assessment. Environmental Science and Technology. (In preparation)

Adriana Matamoros-Veloza*, Robert J. Newton and Liane G. Benning (2011). What controls selenium release during shale weathering? Applied Geochemistry, 26: S222-S226 doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.109

Matamoros*, A. and Benning L. G. (2008). Spectrophotometric determination of low-level concentrations of selenium in aqueous solutions. Mineralogical Magazine, 72(1), 451-444. doi:10.1180/minmag.2008.072.1.451

Matamoros*, A., Vargas, O. (2003). Selenium levels in mudstones, spatial distribution of selenium in soils and its influence in human health of the Cundinamarca State (Colombia) (In Spanish). Revista Suelos Ecuatoriales. Colombian Society of Soil Science, 33(1), 60 – 65. ISSN 0562-5351

Matamoros*, A., Vargas, O. y L Mejía (1999). Chemical speciation of Pb, Ni, Cr, Cu, Cd, Co and V in an anthrosol and two natural soils contaminated by contaminated irrigation from the Bogota River (In Spanish). Revista Suelos Ecuatoriales, 29(2), 143 –149. ISSN 0562-5351

Conference Papers

Matamoros-Veloza Adriana*, Stawski Tomasz, Benning Liane G. (2014). Structure and Properties of FeS in the early stages of formation. Goldscmidt2014. Sacramento, California. June, 8-13.

Tomasz M. Stawski, Adriana Matamoros Veloza*, Teresa Roncal-Herrero, Roland Kroger, and Liane G. Benning (2014). CaCO3 precipitation confined in microemulsion nano-droplets of water. Goldscmidt2014. Sacramento, California. June, 8-13.

Teresa Roncal-Herrero, Roland Kröger , Rachel Walace, Tomasz M. Stawski, Adriana Matamoros Veloza* (2014). Liquid cell STEM microscopy of calcium carbonate precipitation from microemulsions. Microscience Microscopy Congress. Manchester, June 30 – July 3.

Tomasz M. Stawski Adriana Matamoros Veloza*,Teresa Roncal-Herrero Teresa,­ Roland Kröger Liane G. Benning ( 2014). Bioinspired precipitation of CaCO3 in microemulsions. British Association for Crystal Growth. Leeds-UK, July 13-15.

Matamoros-Veloza Adriana*, Stawski Tomasz, Benning Liane G.(2014) The early stages of nucleation and growth of iron sulphides. British Association for Crystal Growth Leeds-UK, July 13-15.

Matamoros, A. and Benning L. G. (2010). Selenium in shales: where is it?. Goldschmidt 2010. Knoxville, Tennessee, June, 13-18.

Matamoros, A. and Benning L. G. (2008). Low Level Selenium Analysis for Water Monitoring Purposes: A Simple Approach. Goldschmidt 2008. Vancouver, Canada, July, 13-18.

Matamoros, A. and Benning L. G. (2008). Spectrophotometric determination of low-level concentrations of selenium in aqueous solutions. Geochemistry of the Earth’s surface 8 (GES8). London, UK, August, 18-22.

Lowe, M.D., Lavender, P., Smyth, M., Matamoros, A., Cowley, E. and Horan, N.J. (2005). The use of recycled glass as media for the tertiary treatment of domestic wastewater. In Proceedings of the Third CIWEM National Conference. Wakefield, UK, September, 2005.

Prieto, G., Gonzalez, L.M., Vargas, J.O., Matamoros-Veloza, A. (2005). Geochemistry of potential harmful elements in soils of the Bogota River Basin (In Spanish). In proceedings of the X Colombian Geology Congress. Bogota, Colombia, July 26-29.

Gonzalez, L.M., Matamoros, A., Prieto, G., Vargas, Vargas, J.O. (2004). Geochemistry of heavy metals in soils of the Bogota River Basin. In Proceddings of the 4th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry in Tropical Countries. Buzios/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 25-29.

Vargas, J.O., Gonzalez, L.M., Prieto, G., Espinosa, A., Matamoros, A., Sanchez, L.H., Perilla, C.E., Garcia, G.I. (2003) Geochemical survey of Colombian territory (sheet number 5-09) (In Spanish). In proceedings of the IX Colombian Geology Congress. Medellin, Colombia, 30 July – 1 August.

Prieto, G., Matamoros-Veloza, A., Gonzalez, L.M., Espinosa, A. (2003). Study of the geochemistry and effects of potential harmful elements to waters and sediments in the Colombian area covered by map sheet 5-09 (In Spanish). In proceedings of the IX Colombian Geology Congress. Medellin, Colombia, 30 July – 1 August.

Matamoros, A., Mejía, L. C., and Vargas, O. (1999). Sequential chemical partitioning of the elements Pb, Ni, Cr, Cu, Cd, Co and V in agricultural artificial soil contaminated by the irrigation of the high basin of the Bogota River – Colombia (In Spanish). In Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium Environmental Geochemistry In Tropical Countries. Nova Friburgo, Brazil.

Matamoros A, Vargas O y Mejía L. (1998). Chemical partitioning and mobility of Pb, Ni, Cr, Cu, Cd, Co y V in soils of the high basin of the Bogota River (In Spanish). In Proceedings of the XI Colombian Congress of Chemistry. Bucaramanga, Colombia.

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