Dr. Rainer Schulin

Colaborador, Profesor del Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) (Suiza)
Doctor Biología especialidad Zoología
Former Position

Rainer Schulin has been Professor of Soil Protection in the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology of the ETH Zurich since April 1990, at first as Associate Professor and since October 1998, as a Full Professor.

Prof. Schulin was born on July 22, 1952. He studied biology and in 1981 was awarded a doctorate in zoology from the University of Zurich (Dr. Phil. II). After a second course of study in forest sciences in Dept. VI of the ETH Zurich, he became a member of the scientific staff of Professor Flühler in Soil Physics at the ETH Zurich from 1983 to1990. During this time he spent several months at the USDA Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, California, and on a second occasion, at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Research Subjects


Rainer Schulin developed the teaching and research in this discipline. Soil protection is a field of specialization for students of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil, Geomatic and Environmental Engineering (D-BAUG), and an elective course in the Department of Environmental Sciences (D-UMNW). The main focus of research is on assessment, analysis, prevention and remediation of soil degradation by polluting heavy metals and by compaction due to mechanical stresses by heavy machinery

Recent Publications


Ma, H., Evangelou, M. W. H., & Schulin, R. (2017). The role of lupin shoot P and Zn status in root allocation and nutrient uptake in soil with heterogeneous P and Zn distribution. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 135, 38-44.

Tandy S, Meier N, Schulin R. (2017) Use of soil amendments to immobilize antimony and lead in moderately contaminated shooting range soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials 324:617-625.

Bunquin M A B, Tandy S, Johnson Beebout S and Schulin R. (2017) Influence of Soil Properties on Zn Solubility Dynamics under Different Redox Conditions in Non-calcareous Soils. Pedosphere 27: 96-105.

Mestrot A, Ji Y, Tandy S and Wilcke W.  A novel method to determine trimethylantimony concentrations in plant tissue. Environmental Chemistry 13, 919-926.

Bopp, C., Christl, I., Schulin, R., Evangelou M.W.H. (2016). Biochar as possible long-term soil amendment for phytostabilisation of TE-contaminated soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23, 17449-17458

Vaculíková M, Vaculík M, Tandy S, Luxová M, Schulin R. (2016) Alleviation of antimonate (SbV) toxicity in maize by silicon (Si). Environmental and Experimental Botany 128: 11-17.

Ma, H., Evangelou, M. W. H., Tandy, S., Federer, B., Vontobel, P., & Schulin, R. (2016). Effect of uneven root allocation on shoot Zn uptake by crop plants growing on soil with heterogeneous P and Zn distribution. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 130, 226-232.

Ma, H., Evangelou, M. W. H., Vontobel, P., & Schulin, R. (2016). Root growth and Zn uptake of three common crop plants in response to heterogeneity in soil texture and Zn distribution. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 127, 45-54.

Evangelou, M.W.H., Bürgi, A., Robinson, B.H., Günthardt-Goerg, M.S., Schöngens, M., Schulin, R. (2016). Novel method to determine element concentrations in foliage of poplar and willow cuttings. International Journal of Phytoremediation DOI:10.1080/15226514.2015.1131234

Gu, J., Zhou, W., Jiang, B., Wang, L., Ma, Y., Guo, H., Schulin. R., Ji, R., Evangelou, M.W.H. (2016). Effects of biochar on the transformation and earthworm bioaccumulation of organic pollutants in soil. Chemosphere 145:431-437.

Bachmann, H.J., Bucheli, T.D., Dieguez-Alonso, A., Fabbri, D., Knicker, H., Schmidt, H.P., Ulbricht, A., Becker, R., Buscaroli, A., Buerge, D., Cross, A., Dickinson, D., Enders, A., Esteves, V.I., Evangelou M.W.H., Fellet, G., Friedrich, K., Gasco Guerrero, G., Glaser, B., Hanke, U.M., Hanley, K., Hilber, I., Kalderis, D., Leifeld, J., Masek, O., Mumme, J., Carmona, M.P., Calvelo Pereira, R., Rees, F., Rombolà A.G., de la Rosa, J.M., Sakrabani, R., Sohi, S, Soja, G., Valagussa, M., Verheijen, F., Zehetner, F. (2016). Toward the Standardization of Biochar Analysis: The COST Action TD1107 Interlaboratory Comparison. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64(2):513-27

Michael W.H. Evangelou, Guido Fellet, Rong Ji, Rainer Schulin (2015) Phytoremediation and biochar application as an amendment. In: Phytoremediation: Management of Environmental Contaminants Volume 1 (Ed. Gill et al.,) Springer ISBN 978-3-319-10394-5.

Michael W.H. Evangelou, Eleni G. Papazoglou, Brett H. Robinson, Rainer Schulin (2015). Phytomanagement: Phytoremediation and the production of biomass for economic revenue on contaminated land. In: Phytoremediation: Management of Environmental Contaminants Volume 1 (Ed. Gill et al.,) Springer ISBN 978-3-319-10394-5.

Abbaspour, N., M. Amini, R. Hurrell, and R. Schulin.  2015.  Modeling zinc intake for inter­vention and scenario analysis. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 36: 89 – 101.

Berli, M., F. Casini, W. Attinger, R. Schulin, S. M. Springman and J. M. Kirby.  2015.  Compressibility of undisturbed silt-loam: soil-measurements and simulations. Vadose Zone Journal 14(8), DOI: 10.2136/vzj2014.10.0153.

Felderer, B., P. Vontobel, and R. Schulin. 2015. Cluster root allocation of white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) in soil with heterogeneous phosphorus and water distribution. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 61: 940 – 950.

Hockmann, K., S. Tandy, M. Lenz, R. Reiser, H. M. Conesa, M. Keller, B. Studer, and R. Schulin.  2015.  Antimony retention and release from drained and waterlogged shooting range soil under field conditions. Chemosphere 134: 536 – 543.

Cui, Xiao-Dan; Wang, Yu-Jun; Hockmann, Kerstin; Zhou, Dong-Mei. 2015. Effect of iron plaque on antimony uptake by rice (Oryza sativa L.). Environmental Pollution 204: 133-140.

Khodamoradi, K., A. H. Khoshgotarmanesh, N. Dalir, M. Afyuni, and R. Schulin. 2015. How do glycine and histidine in nutrient solution affect zinc uptake and root-to-shoot translocation by wheat and triticale? Crop and Pasture Science 66: 1105 – 1110.

Mondeshka, M., A. Daskalova, and R. Schulin. 2015. Soil-plant transfer of heavy metals in agricultural land near iron smelter of Kremikovtsi (Bulgaria). Journal of Balkan Ecology 18: 309 – 318.

Parraga-Aguado, I., M. N. Gonzalez-Alcaraz, R. Schulin, and H. M. Conesa.  2015.  The potential use of Piptatherum miliaceum for the phytomanagement of mine tailings in semiarid areas: Role of soil fertility and plant competition. Journal of Environmental Management 158: 74 – 84.

Schwabe, F., S. Tanner, R. Schulin, A. Rotzetter, W. Stark, A. von Quadt, and B. Nowack.  2015.  Dissolved cerium contributes to uptake of Ce in the presence of differently sized CeO2-nanoparticles by three crop plants. Metallomics 7: 466 – 477.

Hockmann, K., S. Tandy, M. Lenz, and R. Schulin. (2014). Leaching of antimony from contaminated soil under manganese- and iron-reducing conditions: column experiments. Environmental Chemistry 11: 624–631.

Evangelou, M.W.H., Brem, A., Ugolini, F., Abiven, S., Schulin, R. 2014. Soil application of biochar produced from biomass grown on trace element contaminated land. Journal of Environmental Management 146: 100-106

Hockmann, K., Lenz, M., Tandy, S., Nachtegaal, M., Janousch, M., Schulin, R., 2014. Release of antimony from contaminated soil induced by redox changes. Journal of Hazardous Materials 275: 215-221

Schmidt, H.P., Kammann, C., Niggli, C., Evangelou, M.W.H., Mackie, K.A., Abiven, S., 2014. Biochar and biochar-compost as soil amendments to a vineyard soil:Influences on plant growth, nutrient uptake, plant health and grapequality. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 191: 117-123.

Meyer, C., Lüscher, P., Schulin, R., 2014. Enhancing the regeneration of compacted forest soils by planting black alder in skid lane tracks. Eur. J. For. Res. 133, 453-465.

Gramlich A., Tandy S., Frossard E., Eikenberg J., Schulin R., 2014. Diffusion limitation of zinc fluxes into wheat roots, PLM and DGT devices in the presence of organic ligands. Environmental Chemistry. 11(1): 41-50.

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