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Project Publications: University of Arizona: Prediction and Properties of Airborne Dust Arising from Mining Sites

Superfund Research Program

Prediction and Properties of Airborne Dust Arising from Mining Sites

Project Leader: A. Eduardo Saez
Co-Investigators: Eric A. Betterton, Armin Sorooshian
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2010-2020
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  • Cuevas-Robles A, Soltani N, Keshavarzi B, Youn J, MacDonald AB, Sorooshian A. 2021. Hygroscopic and chemical properties of aerosol emissions at a major mining facility in Iran: Implications for respiratory deposition. Atmos Pollut Res 12:245-254. doi:10.1016/j.apr.2020.12.015


  • Manjon I, Ramirez-Andreotta M, Saez AE, Root RA, Hild J, Janes MK, Alexander-Ozinskas A. 2020. Environmental monitoring and exposure science dataset to calculate ingestion and inhalation of metal(loid)s through preschool gardening. Data Brief 29:105050. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2019.105050 PMID:32055651 PMCID:PMC7005369
  • Moradi Q, Mirzaei R, Alipour M, Bay A, Ghaderpoori M, Asadi A, Fakhri Y, Sorooshian A, Khaneghah AM. 2020. The concentration, characteristics, and probabilistic health risk assessment of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in street dust: A case study of Kashan, Iran. Toxin Rev 10:doi:10.1080/15569543.2020.1728336


  • Dadashazar H, Ma L, Sorooshian A. 2019. Sources of pollution and interrelationships between aerosol and precipitation chemistry at a central California site. Sci Total Environ 651:1776-1787. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.086 PMID:30316095 PMCID:PMC6246821
  • Maleki H, Sorooshian A, Goudarzi G, Baboli Z, Birgani YT, Rahmati M. 2019. Air pollution prediction by using an artificial neural network model. Clean Technol Environ Policy 21(6):1341-1352. doi:10.1007/s10098-019-01709-w
  • Manjon I, Ramirez-Andreotta M, Saez AE, Root RA, Hild J, Janes MK, Alexander-Ozinskas A. 2019. Ingestion and inhalation of metal(loid)s through preschool gardening: An exposure and risk assessment in legacy mining communities. Sci Total Environ 22:134639. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134639
  • Zeb B, Alam K, Sorooshian A, Chishtie F, Ahmad I, Bibi H. 2019. Temporal characteristics of aerosol optical properties over the glacier region of northern Pakistan. J Atmos Sol Terr Phys 186:35-46. doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2019.02.004


  • Dehghani M, Fazlzadeh M, Sorooshian A, Tabatabaee HR, Miri M, Baghani AN, Delikhoon M, Mahvi AH, Rashidi M. 2018. Characteristics and health effects of BTEX in a hot spot for urban pollution. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 155:133-143. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.02.065 PMID:29510308
  • Dehghani M, Sorooshian A, Ghorbani M, Fazlzadeh M, Miri M, Badiee P, Parvizi A, Ansari M, Baghani AN, Delikhoon M. 2018. Seasonal variation in culturable bioaerosols in a wastewater treatment plant. Aerosol Air Qual Res 18(11):2826-2839. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2017.11.0466
  • Dehghani M, Sorooshian A, Nazmara S, Baghani AN, Delikhoon M. 2018. Concentration and type of bioaerosols before and after conventional disinfection and sterilization procedures inside hospital operating rooms. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 164:277-282. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.08.034 PMID:30121503 PMCID:PMC6151147
  • Delikhoon M, Fazlzadeh M, Sorooshian A, Baghani AN, Golaki M, Ashournejad Q, Barkhordari A. 2018. Characteristics and health effects of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in an urban area in Iran. Environ Pollut 242:938-951. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2018.07.037 PMID:30373039 PMCID:PMC6221454
  • Gil-Loaiza J, Field JP, White SA, Csavina J, Felix O, Betterton EA, Saez AE, Maier RM. 2018. Phytoremediation reduces dust emissions from metal(Ioid)-contaminated mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 52:5851-5858. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b05730 PMID:29701964
  • Hossein Mardi A, Khaghani A, MacDonald AB, Nguyen P, Karimi N, Heidary P, Karimi N, Saemian P, Sehatkashani S, Tajrishy M, Sorooshian A. 2018. The Lake Urmia environmental disaster in Iran: A look at aerosol pollution. Sci Total Environ 633:42-49. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.148 PMID:29573690 PMCID:PMC5949080
  • Keshavarzi B, Abbasi S, Moore F, Mehravar S, Sorooshian A, Soltani N, Najmeddin A. 2018. Contamination level, source identification and risk assessment of Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in street dust of an important commercial center in Iran. Environ Manage 62(4):803-818. doi:10.1007/s00267-018-1079-5 PMID:30014346 PMCID:PMC6148378
  • MacDonald AB, Dadashazar H, Chuang PY, Crosbie E, Wang H, Wang Z, Jonsson H, Flagan RC, Seinfeld JH, Sorooshian A. 2018. Characteristic vertical profiles of cloud water composition in marine stratocumulus clouds and relationships with precipitation. J Geophys Res Atmos doi:10.1002/2017JD027900 (accepted for publication)
  • Namdari S, Karimi N, Sorooshian A, Mohammadi G, Sehatkashani S. 2018. Impacts of climate and synoptic fluctuations on dust storm activity over the Middle East. Atmos Environ (1994) 173:265-276. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.11.016 PMID:30344444 PMCID:PMC6192056
  • Soltani N, Keshavarzi B, Sorooshian A, Moore F, Dunster C, Dominguez AO, Kelly FJ, Dhakal P, Ahmadi MR, Asadi S. 2018. Oxidative potential (OP) and mineralogy of iron ore particulate matter at the Gol-E-Gohar Mining and Industrial Facility (Iran). Environ Geochem Health 40(5):1785-1802. doi:10.1007/s10653-017-9926-5 PMID:28281141 PMCID:PMC561010
  • Thomas AN, Root RA, Lantz RC, Saez AE, Chorover J. 2018. Oxidative weathering decreases bioaccessibility of toxic metal(loid)s in PM10 emissions from sulfide mine tailings. Geohealth 2(4):118-138. doi:10.1002/2017GH000118 PMID:30338309 PMCID:PMC6191178
  • Zeb B, Alam K, Sorooshian A, Blaschke T, Ahmad I, Shahid I. 2018. On the morphology and composition of particulate matter in an urban environment. Aerosol Air Qual Res 18:1431-1447. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2017.09.0340 PMID:30344547 PMCID:PMC6192059


  • Dotor-Almazan A, Armienta-Hernandez M, Talavera-Mendoza O, Ruiz J. 2017. Geochemical behavior of Cu and sulfur isotopes in the tropical mining region of Taxco, Guerrero (southern Mexico). Chemical Geology 471:1-12. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.09.005
  • Mora M, Braun RA, Shingler T, Sorooshian A. 2017. Analysis of remotely sensed and surface data of aerosols and meteorology for the Mexico Megalopolis Area between 2003 and 2015. J Geophys Res Atmos 122:8705-8723. doi:10.1002/2017JD026739 PMID:28955600 PMCID:PMC5611832
  • Schlosser JS, Braun RA, Bradley T, Dadashazar H, MacDonald AB, Aldhaif AA, Azadi Aghdam M, Hossein Mardi A, Xian P, Sorooshian A. 2017. Analysis of aerosol composition data for western United States wildfires between 2005 and 2015: Dust emissions, chloride depletion, and most enhanced aerosol constituents. J Geophys Res Atmos 122:8951-8966. doi:10.1002/2017JD026547 PMID:28955601 PMCID:PMC5611831
  • Soltani N, Keshavarzi B, Moore F, Sorooshian A, Ahmadi MR. 2017. Distribution of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in tailings, soils, and plants around Gol-E-Gohar iron mine, a case study in Iran. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 24:18798-18816. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-9342-5 PMID:28620857



  • Crosbie E, Youn J, Balch B, Wonaschutz A, Shingler T, Wang Z, Conant W, Betterton EA, Sorooshian A. 2015. On the competition among aerosol number, size and composition in predicting CCN variability: a multi-annual field study in an urbanized desert. Atmos Chem Phys 15:6943-6958. doi:10.5194/acp-15-6943-2015 PMID:26316879 PMCID:PMC4548966
  • Felix O, Csavina J, Field JP, Rine K, Saez AE, Betterton EA. 2015. Use of lead isotopes to identify sources of metal and metalloid contaminants in atmospheric aerosol from mining operations. Chemosphere 122:219-226. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.11.057 PMID:25496740 PMCID:PMC4277909
  • Sorooshian A, Crosbie E, Maudlin LC, Youn J, Wang Z, Shingler T, Ortega AM, Hersey S, Woods RK. 2015. Surface and airborne measurements of organosulfur and methanesulfonate over the western United States and coastal areas. J Geophys Res Atmos 120(16):8535-8548. doi:10.1002/2015JD023822 PMID:26413434 PMCID:PMC4581448
  • Youn J, Crosbie E, Maudlin LC, Wang Z, Sorooshian A. 2015. Dimethylamine as a major alkyl amine species in particles and cloud water: Observations in semi-arid and coastal regions. Atmos Environ (1994) 122:250-258. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.061 PMID:26807039 PMCID:PMC4719122



  • Youn J, Wang Z, Wonaschutz A, Arellano A, Betterton EA, Sorooshian A. 2013. Evidence of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation from biogenic emissions in the North American Sonoran Desert. Geophys Res Lett 40:3468-3472. doi:10.1002/grl.50644 PMID:24115805 PMCID:PMC3792583


  • Breshears DD, Kirchner TB, Whicker JJ, Field JP, Allen CD. 2012. Modeling aeolian transport in response to succession, disturbance and future climate: Dynamic long-term risk assessment for contaminant redistribution. Aeolian Res 3:445-457. doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2011.03.012
  • Csavina J, Field JP, Taylor MP, Gao S, Landazuri A, Betterton EA, Saez AE. 2012. A review on the importance of metals and metalloids in atmospheric dust and aerosol from mining operations. Sci Total Environ 433:58-73. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.06.013 PMID:22766428 PMCID:PMC3418464
  • Sorooshian A, Csavina J, Shingler T, Dey S, Brechtel FJ, Saez AE, Betterton EA. 2012. Hygroscopic and chemical properties of aerosols collected near a copper smelter: Implications for public and environmental health. Environ Sci Technol 46(17):9473-9480. doi:10.1021/es302275k PMID:22852879 PMCID:PMC3435440


  • Csavina J, Landazuri A, Wonaschutz A, Rheinheimer P, Barbaris B, Conant W, Saez AE, Betterton EA, Rine K. 2011. Metal and metalloid contaminants in atmospheric aerosols from mining operations. Water Air Soil Pollut 221:145-157. doi:10.1007/s11270-011-0777-x PMID:23441050 PMCID:PMC3576728
  • Ela WP, Sedlak DL, Barlaz MA, Henry HF, Muir DG, Swackhamer DL, Weber EJ, Arnold RG, Ferguson PL, Field JA, Furlong ET, Giesy JP, Halden RU, Henry T, Hites RA, Hornbuckle KC, Howard PH, Luthy RG, Meyer AK, Saez AE, vom Saal FS, Vulpe CD, Wiesner MR. 2011. Toward identifying the next generation of superfund and hazardous waste site contaminants. Environ Health Perspect 119(1):6-10. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002497 PMID:21205582 PMCID:PMC3018501
  • Sorooshian A, Wonaschutz A, Jarjour EG, Hashimoto BI, Schichtel BA, Betterton EA. 2011. An aerosol climatology for a rapidly growing arid region (southern Arizona): major aerosol species and remotely sensed aerosol properties. J Geophys Res Atmos 116(D19):16. doi:10.1029/2011jd016197 PMID:24707452 PMCID:PMC3975630


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