2001-present Researcher (Band 3), Mineralogy Department, Natural History Museum
1996 - 2001: Researcher (Band 4), Mineralogy Department, Natural History Museum
1993-1995: Research Assistant, University of Bristol
1991-1993: Research Fellow, University of Leeds
1990 PhD, Geochemistry, University of Newcastle
1986 BSc (80%) Geology, University of Athens
2008-present NTI/1 Committee, BSI
2006-2008 Geological Society Council
2003-present Treasurer, Environmental Mineralogy Special Interest Group of the Mineralogical Society
2008-present IUPAC Fellow(project link)
2008 Guest Editor, Elements
2006- present Associate Editor, Mineralogical Magazine
2005-present Associate Editor, e-Earth
2000-present Associate Editor, Journal of Geochemical Exploration
2008 Principle Investigator, NanoReTox, “The Reactivity and Toxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles: Risks to the Environment and Human Health”
2008 Co Investigator, Delta-Min, “Mechanisms of Mineral Replacement Reactions”, Marie Curie Network, PI: A. Putnis (Muenster)
2007 Principle Investigator, Leverhulme Trust, “The reactivity and Ecotoxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles”
2007 Principle Investigator, NERC (Environment and Human Health), “Hazards of nanoparticles to the environment and human health”
2007 Principle Investigator, NERC (Environmental Nanoscience Initiative), “Model nanoparticles for environmental risk studies”
Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry. Mineral stability in environmental systems; minerals as hosts of pollutants. Bacterial weathering of minerals. Biomineralisation, particularly of bone. Nanoparticle reactivity, nanotoxicology.
NanoReTox is funded by the European Commission, FPVII, Theme 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies. The project's main objective is to identify the potential risks to the environment and human health posed by free engineered (i.e. manmade) nanomaterial, by comprehensively addressing five key questions: (1) How does the environment into which nanoparticles are released affect their physicochemical properties and their bioreactivity? (2) How does this impact on their ability to interact with and/or penetrate mammalian and aquatic cells and organisms (bioavailability) and will bioavailability result in toxicity? (3) Is there a pattern of cellular reactivity and/or toxicity related to physicochemical properties, i.e. a hierarchy of activity? (4) What combination of conditions discovered in (1-3) above are most likely to pose a risk to human health and the environment? (5) How can this information be incorporated in a risk assessment model? Research activities will be starting in early 2009.NanoReTox, presentation to the European Commission, April 2008
Sneddon I R, Orueetxebarria M, Hodson M E, Schofield P F, VALSAMI-JONES E 2008. Field trial using bone meal amendments to remediate mine waste derived soil contaminated with zinc, lead and cadmium. Applied Geochemistry 23: 2414-24.
Oelkers EH, VALSAMI-JONES E, Roncal-Herrero T 2008. Phosphate mineral reactivity: From global cycles to sustainable development. Mineralogical Magazine 72: 337-40.
VALSAMI-JONES E, Berhanu D, Dybowska A, Misra S, Boccaccini A R, Tetley T D, Luoma S, Plant J A 2008. Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization for toxicological studies: TiO2 case study. Mineralogical Magazine 72: 515-519.
Dennis P G, Miller A J, Clark IM, Taylor R G, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hirsch P R 2008. A novel method for sampling bacteria on plant root and soil surfaces at the microhabitat scale. Journal of Microbiological Methods 75: 12-8.
Handy R D, Owen R, VALSAMI-JONES E 2008. The ecotoxicology of nanoparticles and nanomaterials: current status, knowledge gaps, challenges, and future needs. Ecotoxicology 17: 315-325.
Oelkers E H, VALSAMI-JONES E 2008. Phosphate mineral reactivity and global sustainability. Elements 4: 83-87.
Pasteris J D, Wopenka B, VALSAMI-JONES E 2008. Bone and tooth mineralization: Why apatite? Elements 4: 97-104.
Le Corre K S, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hobbs P, Jefferson B, Parsons, S A 2007. Title: Impact of reactor operation on success of struvite precipitation from synthetic liquors. Environmental Technology 28: 1245-1256.
Le Corre K S, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hobbs P, Jefferson B, Parsons, S A 2007. Kinetics of struvite precipitation: Effect of the magnesium dose on induction times and precipitation rates. Environmental Technology 28: 1317-1324.
Etok S E, Valsami-Jones E, Wess T J, Hiller J C, Maxwell C A, Rogers K D, Manning D A C, White M L, Lopez-Capel E, Collins M J, Buckley M, Penkman K E H, Woodgate S L 2007. Structural and chemical changes of thermally treated bone apatite. Journal of Materials Science 42: 9807-9816.
Le Corre K S, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hobbs P, Jefferson, B, Parsons, S A 2007. Struvite crystallisation and recovery using a stainless steel structure as a seed material. Water Research 41: 2449-2456.
VALSAMI-JONES E 2007. Mine sweep. Materials World 15: 35-37.
Le Corre K S, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hobbs P, Jefferson, B, Parsons, S A 2007. Agglomeration of struvite crystals. Water Research 41: 419-425.
Sneddon I R, Orueetxebarria M, Hodson M E, Schofield P F, VALSAMI-JONES, E, 2006. Use of bone meal amendments to immobilise Pb, Zn and Cd in soil: A leaching column study. Environmental Pollution 144: 816-825.
Hutchens E, VALSAMI-JONES E, Harouiya N, Chairat C, Oelkers E H, McEldowney S 2006. An experimental investigation of the effect of Bacillus megaterium on apatite dissolution Geomicrobiology Journal 23: 177-182.
Le Corre K S, VALSAMI-JONES E, Hobbs P & Parsons S A 2005. Impact of calcium on struvite crystal size, shape and purity. Journal of Crystal Growth 283: 514-522.
Sneddon I R, Garelick H & VALSAMI-JONES E 2005. An investigation into arsenic(V) removal from aqueous solutions by hydroxylapatite and bone-char. Mineralogical Magazine 69: 769-780.
VALSAMI-JONES E, Polya D A & Hudson-Edwards K 2005. Environmental Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Human Health. Mineralogical Magazine69: 615-620.
Dybowska A, Farago M, VALSAMI-JONES E & Thornton I 2005. Operationally defined associations of arsenic and copper from soil and mine waste in south-west England. Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability 17: 147-160.
Garelick H, Dybowska A, VALSAMI-JONES E, Priest N D, 2005. Remediation technologies for arsenic contaminated drinking waters. Journal of Soils and Sediments 5: 182-190.
Glasby G P, Papavassiliou C T, Mitsis J, VALSAMI-JONES E, Liakopoulos A & Renner R M 2005. The Vani manganese deposit, Milos island, Greece: A fossil stratabound Mn-Ba-Pb-Zn-As-Sb-W-rich hydrothermal deposit. In Fytikas M and Vougiouklakis G E (eds.), Developments in Volcanology, South Agean active volcanic arc: present knowledge and future perspectives, 7: 255-2921.
VALSAMI-JONES E, Baltatzis E, Bailey E H, Boyce A J, Alexander J L, Magganas A, Anderson L, Waldron S & Ragnarsdottir K V 2005. The geochemistry of fluids from an active shallow submarine hydrothermal system: Milos Island, Hellenic Volcanic Arc. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 148: 130-151.
Schofield P F, Knight K S, van der Houwen J A M, VALSAMI-JONES E, 2004. The role of hydrogen bonding in the thermal expansion and dehydration of brushite di-calcium phosphate dehydrate. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 31: 606-624.
Pasteris J D, Wopenka D, Freeman J J, Rogers, K, VALSAMI-JONES, E, van der Houwen J A M and Silva M J, 2004. Lack of OH in nano-crystalline apatite as a function of degree of atomic order: implications for bone and biomaterials. Biomaterials, 25: 229-238.
Papazisimou S, Kalaitzidis S, Christanis K, Cressey G. & VALSAMI-JONES E 2004. Accurate phase quantification of mineral matter in bulk lignite samples from Western Peloponnese (Greece). Energy & Fuels 18: 547-559.
Van der Houwen J A M, Cressey G, Cressey B A, VALSAMI-JONES E 2003. The effect of organic ligands on the crystallinity of calcium phosphate. Journal of Crystal Growth, 249: 572 – 583.
VALSAMI-JONES E, 2001. Mineralogical controls on phosphorus recovery from wastewaters. Mineralogical Magazine 65: 611-620.
Hodson M E, VALSAMI-JONES E, Cotter-Howells J D, Dubbin W E, Kemp A J, Warren A 2001. Effect of bone meal (calcium phosphate) amendments on metal release from contaminated soils - a leaching column study. Environmental Pollution 112: 233-243.
Hodson M E, VALSAMI-JONES E, Cotter-Howells J D 2000. Bone meal additions as a remediation treatment for metal contaminated soil. Environmental Science and Technology 36: 3501-3507.
VALSAMI-JONES E, Ragnardsottir K V, Putnis A, Bosbach D, Kemp A J, Cressey G 1998. The dissolution of apatite in the presence of aqueous metal cations at pH 2-7. Chemical Geology 151: 215-233.