Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Surface Processes

Dr. Ariette Schierz
Phone:+49 351 260 2759
Email: a.schierz@hzdr.de
AddressBautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

Scientific career

  • Seit 2018:
    Research Scientist/Project Coordinator at Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute for Resource Ecology
  • 2015-2017:
    Senior Scientist at Exponent Inc., Ecological and Biological Science Practice, USA
  • 2011-2015:
    Research Scientist and Lab Manager, Research group Prof. D. Reible at Texas Tech University, Center for Water Resources and at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), Center for Research in Water Resources, USA
  • 2008-2011:
    Postdoc, Research group Prof. L. Ferguson at Duke University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the University of South Carolina, Department of Chemistry, USA
  • 2007-2008:
    Research Associate at HZDR, Institute for Radiochemistry
  • 2007:
    PhD at the Leipzig University, Faculty for Chemistry and Mineralogy
  • 2004-2007:
    Research Associate at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ
  • 2003:
    Graduated from Leipzig University in Chemistry/Environmental Chemistry (Diploma)

Research fields

  • Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Remediation
    • Reactive transport and geochemistry of contaminants, colloids and engineered nanoparticles in the environment
    • Management and monitoring of contaminated sites


  • Integrity of nuclear waste repository systems – Cross scale system understanding and analysis (Zukunftsthemen – 2017)


  • 2013 Fall semester “Water chemistry” seminar series, UT Austin
  • Supervision of (under)graduate students and interns (REU, DAAD RISE) from the degree programs Chemistry, Environmental Engineering and Toxicology

Memberships / Board activities

  • American Chemical Society - ACS
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry - SETAC


  • Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) PhD Fellowship 2004-2006
  • DECHEMA Student Award 2003


Comparative persistence of engineered nanoparticles in a complex aquatic ecosystem.
Espinasse B.P.; Geitner N.K.; Schierz A.; Therezien M.; Richardson C.J.; Lowry G.V.; Ferguson P.L.; Wiesner M.R.


Comparison of the characteristics and mechanisms of Hg(II) sorption by biochars and activated carbon.
Xu X.; Schierz A.; Xu N.; Cao X.


Colloidal activated carbon for in-situ groundwater remediation—Transport characteristics and adsorption of organic compounds in water-saturated sediment columns.
Georgi, A.; Schierz, A.; Mackenzie, K.; Kopinke, F.D.


Fate of single walled carbon nanotubes in wetland ecosystems.
Schierz, A.; Espinasse, B.; Wiesner, M.; Bisesi, J.B.; Sabo-Attwood, T.; Ferguson; P.L.


Fractal structures of single-walled carbon nanotubes in biologically relevant conditions: Role of chirality vs. media conditions.
Khan, I.; Aich, N.; Afrooz, A.R.M.; Flora, J.; Schierz, A.; Ferguson, P.L.; Sabo-Attwood, T.; Saleh, N.

Bioaccumulation and toxicity of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to benthic organisms at the base of the marine food chain.
Parks, A.N.; Portis, L.M.; Schierz, A.; Washburn, K.; Perron, M.M.; Burgess, R.M.; Ho, K.T.; Chandler, G.T.; Ferguson, P.L.

Chirality affects aggregation kinetics of single-walled carbon nanotubes.
Khan, I.; Afrooz, A.R.M.; Flora, J.; Schierz, A.; Ferguson, L.; Sabo-Attwood, T.; Saleh, N.


Engineered Nanoparticles and Their Identification Among Natural Nanoparticles
Zänker, H.; Schierz, A.;

Characterization and quantitative analysis of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the aquatic environment using near-infrared fluorescence spectroscopy.
Schierz, A.; Parks, A.N.M; Washburn, K.; Chandler, G.T.; Ferguson, P.L.


Aqueous Suspensions of Carbon Nanotubes: Surface Oxidation, Colloidal Stability and Uranium Sorption
Schierz, A.; Zänker, H.;


Humic acid modified Fenton reagent for enhancement of the working pH range.
Georgi, A.; Schierz, A.; Trommler, U.; Horwitz, C.P.; Collins, J.P.; Kopinke, F.D.