Department of Chemistry

260 Science and Engineering Building
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2320
fax: 370-2321

Edith Chopin


Edith Chopin

Title: Assistant Professor Environmental Chemistry
Office: 289 Science and Engineering Building
Phone: 248-370-2339



Ph.D. Soil Science - Biogeochemistry, 2004, University of Reading, United Kingdom
MSc Environmental Geology, 1997, University of Wales College of Cardiff, United Kingdom


Research Interests

Dr. Chopin's research focus is on biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in the environment via a combination of mineralogical, hydrological, geochemical and biogeochemical approaches. The main aim of the research is to determine the processes controlling trace elements adsorption, transfer and redistribution in the environment (pristine, agricultural, urban, and heavily industrialized) in order to evaluate soil, water, and living organism contamination risks.

Dr, Chopin is particularly interested in understanding the influence of vegetation, land use and global changes on solid trace element-bearing phase alteration, associated trace element release and biogeochemical cycling in anthropised environments. Practical applications are numerous (contaminated site remediation, water resources protection, wetland protection and management, sustainable agriculture, waste use to promote soil productivity).


Chopin E.I.B., Marin B., Mkoungafoko R., Rigaux A., Hopgood M.J., Delannoy E., Cancès B., Laurain M., 2008. Factors affecting distribution and mobility of trace elements (Cu, Pb, Zn) in a perennial grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) in the Champagne region of France. Environmental Pollution (In Press) DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2008.01.015

Marin B., Chopin E.I.B., Jupinet B., Gauthier D., 2008. Comparison of microwave-assisted digestions for total trace element content determination in calcareous soils. Talanta, 77, 282-288

Fronteau G., Thomachot C., Chopin E.I.B., Barbin V., Mouze D., Pascal A., 2008. Black-crust growth processes and morphology of crust-stone interface in relation with the subjacent limestone microfacies. Journal of the Geological Society, London (Accepted)

Devos A., Fronteau G., Lejeune O., Sosson C., Chopin E., Barbin V., 2008. Stone quarry spatial organization depending on geodynamics and extraction techniques, the example of ole Lutetian quarries in North-East France. Engineering Geology(Accepted)

Chopin E.I.B., Alloway B.J., 2007. Distribution and mobility of trace elements in soils and vegetation around the mining and smelting areas of Tharsis, Ríotinto and Huelva, Iberian Pyrite Belt, SW Spain. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 182, 245-261

Chopin E.I.B., Alloway B.J., 2007. Trace element partitioning and soil particle characterization around mining and smelting areas at Tharsis, Ríotinto and Huelva, SW Spain. Science of the Total Environment, 373, 488-500

Devos A., Lejeune O., Chopin E., 2007. Karstic infiltration dynamics and spatialization of chalk aquifer drain: Example of the upper Vesle basin (Dry Champagne, France). European Journal of Water Quality, 38, 23-38

Devos A., Lejeune O., Chopin E., 2007. Structural control on surface flow in karstic environment. Geodinamica Acta (In Press)

Chopin E.I.B., Black S., Hodson M.E., Coleman M.L., Alloway B.J., 2003. A preliminary investigation into mining and smelting impacts on trace element concentrations in soils and vegetation around Tharsis, SW Spain. Mineralogical Magazine, 67, 279-288