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Dr Thavamani Palanisami 

Position: Research Fellow
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: Division Office Research IEE
Group: Centre Envir Risk Ass & Remed
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus
Office: X2-06
Telephone: +61 8 830 26233
Email: Thavamani_dot_Palanisami_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Thavamani.Palanisami

Links to other sites

Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation

CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remdiation of the Environment(CRC CARE)

Professional associations

Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE)


Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry(SETAC)

American society of Soil science

Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM)


PhD(Environmental Remediation, Public Health)

M.Sc(Environmental Sciences)

B.Sc(Agricultural Sciences)

Research publications

Luchun Duan, Thavamani Palanisami, Yanju Liu, Zhaomin Dong, Megharaj Mallavarapu, Tim Kuchel, Kirk T Semple, Ravi Naidu.2014.Effects of ageing and soil properties on the oral bioavailability of benzo [a] pyrene using a swine model. Environment international 70, 192-202

Lamb, D. T., Matanitobua, V. P., Palanisami, T., Mallavarapu, M. and Naidu, R.2013. Bioavailability of Barium to plant and invertebrates in soils contaminated by Barite. Environmental Science and Technology, 47(9):670–4676.

Naidu R, Channey R, McConnell S, Johnston N, Semple KT, McGrath S, Dries V, Nathanail P, Harmsen J, Pruszinski A, Macmillan J, Palanisami T.2013. Towards bioavailability-based soil criteria: past, present and future perspectives. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI 10.1007/s11356-013-1617-x

Luchun, D., Naidu R., Thavamani P., Megharaj M and Meaklim J. 2013. Managing long-term polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contaminated soils: a risk based approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Accepted).

Thavamani, P., Megharaj, M. and Naidu, R.2013. Metal tolerant PAH degrading bacteria: development of suitable test medium and effect of cadmium and its availability on PAH biodegradation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research DOI:10.1007/s11356-013-1850-3.

Thavamani, P., Megharaj,M. and Naidu, R.2012. Bioremediation of high molecular weight polyaromatic hydrocarbons co-contaminated with metals in liquid and soil slurries by metal tolerant PAHs degrading bacterial consortium. Biodegradation, 23: 823-835.

Thavamani, P., Malik, S., Beer, M., Megharaj, M. and Naidu, R.2012. Microbial activity and diversity in long-term mixed contaminated soils with respect to Polyaromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals. Journal of Environmental Management,99:10-17.

Thavamani,P., Megharaj, M.,Krishnamurti,GSR, McFarland, R. and Naidu, R. 2011. Finger printing of mixed contaminants from former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site soils: Implications to bioremediation. Environment International, 37: 184-189.

Thavamani, P., Megharaj, M. and Naidu, R.2012. Multivariate analysis of mixed contaminants (PAHs and heavy metals) at manufactured gas plant site soils. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.184:3875-3885.

Thavamani,P., Megharaj, M., Kadiyala,V. and Naidu, R.2012. Mixed Contamination of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons and Metals at Manufactured Gas Plant Sites: Toxicity and Implications to Bioremediation. Accepted in: Environmental Contamination: Health Risks, Bioavailability and Bioremedation, ed: Ming H. Wong, ISBN: 9781439892381 Taylor and Francis, Publication Date: May 15, 2012.

S. Rajakumar, P.M. Ayyasami, K. Shanthi, P. Thavamani, P. Velmurugan, Y.C. Song and P. Lakshmanaperumalsamy.2008. Nitrate removal efficiency of bacterial consortium (Pseudomonas sp. KWI and Bacillus sp. YW4) in synthetic nitrate-rich water, J. Hazard. Mater. 157:553–563.

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