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 NUI, Galway



Selected recent publications in peer-reviewed journals (2002-)



Dao, L.G., Morrison, L., Zhang, C.S., 2012. Bonfires as a potential source of metal pollutants in urban soils, Galway, Ireland. Applied Geochemistry 27 (4): 930–935. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.01.010.

Dao, L.G., Morrison, L., Kiely, G., Zhang, C.S., 2012. Spatial distribution of potentially bioavailable metals in surface soils of a contaminated sports ground in Galway, Ireland. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s10653-012-9478-7.

Xu, D., Wu, W., Ding, S.M., Sun, Q., Zhang, C.S., 2012. A high-resolution dialysis technique for rapid determination of dissolved reactive phosphate and ferrous iron in pore water of sediments. Science of The Total Environment 421–422: 245–252.  DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.01.062,

Wang, L.Q., Liang, T., Wang, W.L., Zhang, C.S., 2012. Effects of antecedent soil moisture on losses of rare earth elements and phosphorus in runoff. Environmental Earth Sciences 66(8):  2379-2385, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-011-1463-4.

Yang, B., Chen, Z.L., Zhang, C.S., Dong, J.H., Peng, X.C., 2012. Distribution patterns and major sources of dioxins in soils of the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan urban agglomeration, China. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 84: 63–69. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2012.06.021

Wang, W.L., Liang, T., Wang, L.Q., Liu,Y.F., Wang, Y.Z., Zhang, C.S., 2012. The effects of fertilizer applications on runoff loss of phosphorus.  Environmental Earth Sciences 2012.  DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-1829-2.

Ding, S.M., Sun, Q., Xu, D., Jia, F., He, X., Zhang, C.S., 2012. High-Resolution Simultaneous Measurements of Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus and Dissolved Sulfide: The First Observation of Their Simultaneous Release in Sediments. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (15): 8297–8304. DOI: 10.1021/es301134h

Xu, D., Ding, S.M., Li, B., Jia, F., He, X., Zhang, C.S., 2012. Characterization and optimization of the preparation procedure for solution P-31 NMR analysis of organic phosphorus in sediments. Journal of Soils and Sediments 12(6): 909-920, DOI: 10.1007/s11368-012-0510-4.


Zhang, C.S., Hursthouse, A.S., Stewart, A.G., Li, X.D., Thornton, I., 2011 (editors). Special Issue: Selected papers from SEGH 2010 conference on environmental quality and human health, Environmental Geochemistry and Health 33(4).

Zhang, C.S., Tang, Y., Xu, X.L., Kiely, G., 2011. Towards spatial geochemical modelling: Use of geographically weighted regression for mapping soil organic carbon contents in Ireland. Applied Geochemistry 26(7): 1239-1248. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.04.014

Ding, S.M., Jia, F., Xu, D., Sun, Q., Zhang, L., Fan, C.X., Zhang, C.S., 2011. High-Resolution, Two-Dimensional Measurement of Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus in Sediments Using the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique in Combination with a Routine Procedure. Environmental Science & Technology 45: 9680–9686.

Fu, W.J., Zhao, K.L., Zhang, C.S., and Tunney, H., 2011. Using Moran’s I and geostatistics to identify spatial patterns of soil nutrients in two different long-term phosphorus-application plots. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 174:785–798 DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201000422.

Xu, X. Liu, W., Zhang, C., Kiely, G., 2011. Estimation of soil organic carbon stock and its spatial distribution in the Republic of Ireland. Soil Use and Management doi: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2011.00342.

Huang, M.X., Liang, T., Ou-Yang, Z., Wang, L.Q., Zhang, C.S., Zhou, C.H., 2011. Leaching losses of nitrate nitrogen and dissolved organic nitrogen from a yearly two crops system, wheat-maize, under monsoon situations. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst (2011) 91:77–89. DOI 10.1007/s10705-011-9447-z

Wang, L.Q., Liang, T., Chong, Z.Y., Zhang, C.S., 2011. Effects of soil type on leaching and runoff transport of rare earth elements and phosphorous in laboratory experiments. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 18(1):38–45. DOI 10.1007/s11356-010-0357-4 


Dao, L.G., Morrison, L., and Zhang, C.S., 2010. Spatial variation of urban soil geochemistry in a roadside sports ground in Galway, Ireland. Science of The Total Environment 408(5): 1076-1084.

Ding, S.M., Xu, D., Li, B., Fan, C.X., Zhang, C.S., 2010. Improvement of 31P NMR Spectral Resolution by 8-Hydroxyquinoline Precipitation of Paramagnetic Fe and Mn in Environmental Samples. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 2555–2561. DOI: 10.1021/es903558g

Ding, S.M., Xu, D., Sun, Q., Yin, H.B., Zhang, C.S., 2010. Measurement of Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus Using the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique with a High-Capacity Binding Phase. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 8169–8174. DOI: 10.1021/es1020873

Fu, W.J., Tunney, H., and Zhang, C.S., 2010. Spatial variation of soil nutrients in a dairy farm and its implications for site-specific fertilizer application. Soil and Tillage Research 106(2): 185-193 

Fu, W.J., Tunney, H., Zhang, C.S., 2010. Spatial variation of soil test phosphorus in a long-term grazed experimental grassland field. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 173, 323–331. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.200800275.

Xu, Y.H., Ya, T., Zhang, C.S., Wang, J.Y., Li, B., 2010. Contamination Assessment of Heavy Metals in Road Dusts and Soils of the Jiuzhaigou National Scenic Area in Sichuan, China. Journal of Mountain Science 28(3):288-293 (In Chinese with English Abstract). 


Zhang, C.S., Tang, Y., Luo, L., Xu, W.L., 2009. Outlier identification and visualization for Pb concentrations in urban soils and its implications for identification of potential contaminated land. Environmental Pollution 157: 3083–3090. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2009.05.044

Tunney, H., Stojanovic´, N., Popic´, J.M., McGrath, D., Zhang, C.S., 2009. Relationship of soil phosphorus with uranium in grassland mineral soils in Ireland using soils from a long-term phosphorus experiment and a National soil database. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 1–7 DOI: 10.1002/jpln.200800069


Zhang, C.S., Fay, D., McGrath, D., Grennan, E., Carton, O.T., 2008. Use of trans-Gaussian kriging for national soil geochemical mapping in Ireland. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis 8:255–265.

Zhang, C.S., Fay, D., McGrath, D., Grennan, E., Carton, O.T., 2008. Statistical analyses of geochemical variables in soils of Ireland. Geoderma 146(1-2): 378-390.

Zhang, C.S., Luo, L., Xu, W.L., and Ledwith, V., 2008. Use of local Moran's I and GIS to identify pollution hotspots of Pb in urban soils of Galway, Ireland. Science of The Total Environment 398 (1-3): 212-221.

Yang, J., Huang, Z.C., Chen, T.B., Lei, M., Zheng, Y.M., Zheng, G.D., Song, B., Liu, Y.Q., Zhang, C.S. Predicting the probability distribution of Pb-increased lands in sewage-irrigated region: A case study in Beijing, China. Geoderma 147(3-4): 192-196.

Liang, T., Wang, S.N., Cao, H.Y., Zhang, C.S., Li, H.T., Li, H.P., Song, W.C., Chong, Z.Y., 2008. Estimation of ammonia nitrogen load from nonpoint sources in the Xitiao River catchment, China. Journal of Environmental Sciences 20: 1195–1201.

Carr, R., Zhang, C.S., Moles, N., and Harder, M., 2008. Identification and mapping of heavy metal pollution in soils of a sports ground in Galway City, Ireland, using a portable XRF analyser and GIS. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 30(1):45-52.

Liang, T., Ding, S.M., Song, W.C., Chong, Z.Y., Zhang, C.S., and Li, H.T. 2008. A review of fractionations of rare earth elements in plants, Journal of Rare Earths 26(1):7-15.


Jordan, C., Zhang, C.S., Alex Higgins, A., 2007. Using GIS and statistics to study influences of geology on probability features of surface soil geochemistry in Northern Ireland. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 93: 135-152.

Zhang, C.S., Jordan, C., and Higgins, A., 2007. Using neighbourhood statistics and GIS to quantify and visualize spatial variation in geochemical variables: An example using Ni concentrations in the topsoils of Northern Ireland. Geoderma 137(3-4):466-476.

Cao, H.Y., Liang, T., Tao, S., Zhang, C.S., 2007. Simulating the temporal changes of OCP pollution in Hangzhou, China. Chemosphere 17(7):1335–1345.


Zhang, C.S., 2006. Using multivariate analyses and GIS to identify pollutants and their spatial patterns in urban soils in Galway, Ireland. Environmental Pollution 142(3): 501-511.

Ding, S.M., Liang, T., Zhang, C.S., Huang, Z.C., Xie, Y.N., Chen, T.B., 2006. Fractionation Mechanisms of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in Hydroponic Wheat: An Application for Metal Accumulation by Plants. Environmental Science and Technology 40(8): 2686-2691.

Ding, S.M., Liang, T., Zhang, C.S., Wang, L.J., and Sun, Q. 2006. Accumulation and fractionation of rare earth elements in soil-wheat system, Pedosphere 16(1): 82-90.


Zhang, C.S., Manheim, F.T., Hinde, J., and Grossman, J.N. 2005. Statistical characterization of a large geochemical database and effect of sample size. Applied Geochemistry 20: 1857–1874.

Zhang, C.S., and O’Connor, P. 2005. Comparison between heavy metal concentrations in sediments analysed by two methods: Analyses on detection limits and data quality. Applied Geochemistry 20(9): 1737-1745

Wang, L.J., Liang, T., Hu, A.T., Ding, S.M., Zhang, C.S., Yan, X. 2005. Accumulation and fractionation of rare earth elements in soil-rice systems. Journal of Rare Earths 23 (6): 747-751.

Ding, S.M., Liang T., Zhang, C.S., Yan, J.C., Zhang, Z.L., and Sun, Q., 2005. Role of ligands in accumulation and fractionation of rare earth elements in plants: Examples of phosphate and citrate. Biological Trace Element Research 107: 73-86.

Ding, S.M., Liang, T., Zhang, C.S., Yan, J.C., and Zhang, Z.L., 2005. Accumulation and fractionation of rare earth elements (REEs) in wheat: controlled by phosphate precipitation, cell wall absorption and solution complexation. Journal of Experimental Botany 56(420): 2765–2775.

Liang, T., Ding, S.M., Zhang, C.S., Zhang, Z.L., Yan, J.C., Li, H.T., 2005. Fractionation of rare earth elements in plants I. Fractionation patterns and their forming mechanisms in different organs of Triticum aestivum. Journal of Rare Earths 23 (2): 224-229


Liang, T., Wang, H., Kung, H.T., Zhang, C.S., 2004. Agriculture land-use effects on nutrient losses in West Tiaoxi watershed, China. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 40 (6): 1499-1510

Wang, L.J., Liang, T., Zhang, C.S., Ding, S.M., Ding, L.Q., Yan, X., 2004. Concentrations and distribution patterns of rare earth elements in water body from intertidal flat of Tianjin and influence of various factors.  Journal of Rare Earths 22 (6): 896-903

Wang, L.J., Liang, T., Ding, S.M., Zhang, C.S., Zhang, G.L., Wang, X.L., 2004. Biogeochemical cycle and residue of extraneous rare earth elements in agricultural ecosystem. JOURNAL OF RARE EARTHS 22 (5): 701-706

Ferreira da Silva, E.F., Zhang, C.S., Pinto, L.S., Patinha, C., Reis, P. 2004. Hazard assessment on arsenic and lead in soils of Castromil gold mining area, Portugal. Applied Geochemistry 19: 887-898.

McGrath, D., Zhang, C.S., Carton, O.T., 2004. Geostatistical analyses and hazard assessment on soil lead in Silvermines area, Ireland. Environmental Pollution 127(2), 239-248.

Zhang, C.S. and McGrath, D., 2004. Geostatistical and GIS analyses on soil organic carbon concentrations in grassland of southeastern Ireland from two different periods. Geoderma 119(3-4): 261-275.


McGrath, D., and Zhang, C.S., 2003. Spatial distribution of soil organic carbon concentrations in grassland of Ireland. Applied Geochemistry 18: 1629-1639.

Wang, L.J., Liang, T., Ding, L.Q., Zhang, C.S., Li, C.S., Yan, X., Wang, X.L., 2003. Geochemical characteristics of rare earth elements in sewage discharge channels of Tianjin. JOURNAL OF RARE EARTHS 21 (6): 686-690

Ding, S.M., Liang, T., Zhang, Z.L., Sun, Q., Zhang, C.S., 2003. Effect of rare earths on fractionation and transformation of soil available nitrogen. JOURNAL OF RARE EARTHS 21 (5): 582-586


Zhang, C.S., and Lalor, G., 2002. Multivariate relationship and spatial distribution of geochemical features of soils in Jamaica. Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability, 14(1): 57-65.

Zhang, C.S., Wang, L.J., Shen, W.R., Zhang, W.J., 2002. Characteristics of sludge from sewage discharge channels of Tianjin, China. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 134(1-4): 239-254.

Zhang, C.S., Wang, L.J., Li, G.S., Dong, S.S., Yang, J.R., Wang, X.L., 2002. Grain size effect on multi-element concentrations in sediments from the intertidal flats of Bohai Bay, China. Applied Geochemistry 17: 59-68.

Wang, L.J., Zhang, C.S., Li, G.S., Liang, L., 2002. Geochemical characteristics of rare earth elements in intertidal sediments of Tianjin Coastal Zone. Journal of Rare Earths 20(6): 651-657.













































































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Last update: 14/01/2013