Dr Barry Noller

Position: Principal Research Fellow
Location: Sir James Foots Building, Level 5, Room 569
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Phone: +61 7 334 64069
Fax: +61 7 334 64056
Email: b.noller@uq.edu.au

Biography

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Barry completed his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of NSW, followed by Master of Chemistry formal course work Masters in Analytical Chemistry majoring in toxicology.  He then completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania on the ‘Development and Determination of Trace Metals by Furnace Atomic Absorption’.  Barry has worked in various Universities, a Government Research Institutes and a Government Department and is currently Principal Research Fellow with the CMLR at UQ.

Research Interests

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Barry’s research focus is on contaminant pathways and processes of mine wastes, chemical forms of metals and metalloids in mine wastes using Synchrotron X-ray techniques, bioaccessibility and bioavailability of metals and metalloids and risk assessment of human and environmental toxicological effects from mine wastes, management of cyanide in gold mining.  Much of his work covers the determination of contaminant issues to human health and the environment associated with current and post mining landscapes and offsite impacts.
  • Pathways of lead at Mount Isa
  • Dispersion of metals and metalloids from mining and effects on aquatic ecosystems
  • Acidity and the sulfur cycle with sulfidic mine waste
  • Bioaccessibility and bioavailability of metals and metalloids in mine wastes
  • Toxicity of cyanide and degradation products from gold mining
  • Synchrotron X-ray techniques to study metal and metalloid chemical form in mine wastes

Collaborations/ Professional Associations

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Fellow RACI and Royal Society of Chemistry; Member ANZAAS, Geochemical Society, American Chemical Society, International Humic Substance Society, CASANZ, SETAC Australasia and IWA

Donato D.B., Nichols, O., Possingham, H., Moore, M., Ricci, P.F. and Noller, B.N. (2007). A critical review of the effects of gold cyanide-bearing tailings solutions on wildlife. Environ. Int. 33 974-984.

Bruce, S., Noller, B., Matanitobua, V. and Ng, J. (2007). In Vitro Physiologically-based Extraction test (PBET) and Bioaccessibility of Arsenic and lead from Various Mine Waste Materials. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 70 1700-1711.

Donato D.B., Ricci, P.F., Noller, B.N., Moore, M., Possingham, H., and Nichols, O. (2008). The protection of wildlife from mortality: Hypothesis and results for risk assessment. Environ. Int. 34 727-736

Prabpai, S., Charerntanyarak, L., Siri, B., Moore, M.R. and Noller, B.N. (2009). Effects of residues from municipal solid waste landfill on corn yield and heavy metal content. Waste Management 29: 2316-2320.

Matanitobua, V., Ng. J., Chiswell, B., Harris, H., Aalbersberg, W. and Noller, B. (2010). Arsenic absorption and desorption processes downstream of a Fijian gold mine. Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases As2010. J.-S. Jean, J. Bundschuh and P. Bhattacharya. CRC Press / Balkema, The Netherlands 2010. pp 120 – 122.

Boonthai Iwai, C. and Noller, B. (2010). Ecotoxicological assessment of diffuse pollution using biomonitoring tool for sustainable land use in Thailand. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 22(6) 1-6.

Diacomanolis, V., Ng, J.C., Sadler, R., Nomura, M., Noller, B.N. and Harris, H.H. Consistent Chemical Form of Cd in Liver and Kidney Tissues in Rats Dosed with a Range of Cd Treatments: XAS of Intact Tissues (2010) Chem. Res. Toxicol. 23 (11): 1647–1649.

Diacomanolis, V., Ng, J. C., Sadler, R., Harris, H. H., Nomura, M. and Noller, B. N. (2010). Cadmium chemical form in mine waste materials by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The10th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation. Eds. R. Garrett, I. Gentle, K. Nugent, and S. Wilkins. American  Institute of Physics. CP1234, AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1234, pp. 915-918.

Taga, R.L., Zheng, J., Huynh, T., Ng, J., Harris, H.H. and Noller, B. (2010). Identification of lead chemical form in mine waste materials by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.The10th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation. Eds. R. Garrett, I. Gentle, K. Nugent, and S. Wilkins. American Institute of Physics. CP1234, AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1234, pp. 947 – 950.

Zheng, J., Edraki, M., Huynh, T., Gasparon, G., Ng, J., Harris, H.H. and Noller , B. (2010). Decision Process for Comparison of Partial and Complete XANES Spectra.The10th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation. Eds. R. Garrett, I. Gentle, K. Nugent, and S. Wilkins. American Institute of Physics. CP1234, AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1234, pp. 621- 624.

Diacomanolis, V., Ng, J.C., Haymont, R. and Noller, B.N. (2010) (Poster and Invited Oral). Division Symposium 4.2. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World 1 – 6 August 2010, Brisbane, Australia. Paper 1331 Published on DVD.  pp 1-3.

Peer reviewed reports

Priestly, B., Moore, M.R., Noller, B. and Ng, J. Assessment of health impacts following exposure of workers at Ranger mine to contaminated potable water. Appendix 3B in Investigation of the potable water contamination incident at Ranger mine March 2004. Supervising Scientist Report 184 Supervising Scientist Department of Environment and Heritage Darwin N.T.pp104-169.

Noller, B.N., Ng, J. and Matanitobua, V. (2009). Study of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in the Leichhardt River and Surrounding Locations: Lead Pathways Study - Phase 1 (Emissions to Land) Mount Isa Mines Limited. Mount Isa.  pp 1-126.

Noller, B.N. (2009). Community lead issues at Camberwell, NSW – Preliminary Report. Report for Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd Camberwell NSW 2330 30 June 2009. pp 1 – 34.

Woffenden, Mark, Noller, Barry (Principal Author), Noonan, Kirrily, Breuer, Paul, Cooper, Peter and Donato, David (2008). Cyanide management: Leading practice sustainable development program for the mining industry. Canberra, A.C.T., Australia: Dept. of Industry, Tourism and Resources, 2008. ISBN 0 642 72593 4. pp 1 – 99.