[Vladimir Nikiforov]

Dr. Vladimir Nikiforov

NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Tromsø, Norway

Plastic and microplastic pollution: detection, identification, quantification

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Dr. Vladimir Nikiforov graduated from Leningrad State University, Department of Chemistry, Chair of Physical Organic Chemistry in 1986. He completed his Ph.D project (Synthesis of perfluorinated ketones and their use for anion-exchange extraction) and defended the thesis in the same University in 1990. Since then he worked in the Leningrad / St. Petersburg State University in the areas of physical organic, synthetic organic and environmental analytical chemistry as scientist, senior scientist and associated professor until 2010. From 2010 to 2014 he worked in the St. Petersburg Center for Ecological Safety as head of laboratory for studies on migration of POPs, developing and implementing analytical methods for emerging contaminants, has been involved much into a number of HELCOM activities (International body on environmental control and protection of the Baltic Sea) towards holistic assessment of the ecological status.

Since 2014 Dr. Nikiforov works as senior scientists at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research in NILU's division in Tromsø, dealing with method development for emerging contaminants, especially for those of specific Arctic concern, including fluoroorganic substances and plastic/microplastic pollution. Another research area is method development for assessing and forecasting environmental transformation rates and transformation products for legacy and emerging pollutants.

Selected recent publications:
  1. Larisa Metelkova, Zoya Zhakovskaya, Galina Kukhareva, Alexander Rybalko and Vladimir Nikiforov, Occurrence of PCDD/PCDFs, dioxin-like PCBs and PBDEs in surface sediments from the Neva River and the Eastern Gulf of Finland (Russia). Environ Sci Pol Res (2018) DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-1945-y
  2. Schlabach, M., Bavel, B. van, Lomba, J. A. B., Borgen, A., Fjeld, E., Halse, A.-K., Nikiforov, V., Bohlin- Nizzetto, P., Reid, M., Rostkowski, P., & Vogelsang, C. (2017). Screening programme 2016 - Selected compounds with relevance for EU regulation (Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-818/2017) (NILU report, 34/2017). Kjeller: NILU.
  3. Even H. Jørgensen, Alec G. Maule, Anita Evenset, Guttorm Christensen, Jenny Bytningsvik, Marianne Frantzen, Vladimir Nikiforov, Erin Faught, Mathilakath M. Vijayan. Biomarker response and hypothalamus-pituitary-interrenal axis functioning in Arctic charr from Bjørnøya (74° 30' N), Norway, with high levels of organohalogenated compounds. Aquatic Toxicology, 187, 2017, 64-71
  4. Baranauskaite-Fedorova, I., Dvarioniene, J. and Nikiforov, V.A. (2016). Management of pharmaceutical substances in the environment: Lithuanian case study. Water Science and Technology, 74, 6, 1255-1265. doi:10.2166/wst.2016.289
  5. L.O. Metelkova, Z.A. Zhakovskaya, V.S. Tsarev, G.I. Kukhareva and V.A. Nikiforov. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sediments from the Neva river and the eastern Gulf of Finland. Regional Ecology (in Russian). 2016, no. 1(43), pp. 63-71.
  6. Thomas, K.V., Langford, K., Reid, M., Vogelsang, C., Øxnevad, S., Bæk, K., Fjeld, E., Brooks, S., Pampanin, D.M., Nikiforov, V., Schlabach, M. (2016). Screening programme 2015. Pharmaceuticals and hormones (Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-597/2016) (NIVA report, 7076-2016). Oslo: NIVA.
  7. Tineke Slootweg, Helmut Segner, Philipp Mayer, Kilian Smith, Elizaveta Igumnova, Vladimir Nikiforov, Milena Dömötörová, JörgOehlmann, Markus Liebig, Transfer and effects of 1,2,3,5,7-pentachloronaphthalene in an experimental food chain, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, Volume 169, March 2015, Pages 46-54
  8. Youssouf Djibril Soubaneh, Jean-Pierre Gagné, Michel Lebeuf, Vladimir Nikiforov, Bruno Gouteux, Mohamed Osman Awaleh. Sorption and competition of two persistent organic pesticides onto marine sediments: relevance to their distribution in aquatic system. Chemosphere (2015) 131, 48-54.

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