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Nicola Senesi

Professor of Soil Chemistry (1986-2013, now retired) at the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences at the University of Bari, Head of the Department of Agroforestal and Environmental Biology and Chemistry (2005-2011).

Courses taught: Soil Chemistry, Soil Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Wood Chemistry and Technology, Organic Chemistry, and General and Inorganic Chemistry.

Visiting professor and/or scientist for various periods at universities in Canada, USA, Somalia, Indonesia, Switzerland, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela and Colombia.

Doctor Honoris Causa Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France (2000), Fellow of American Society of Agronomy (ASA) (1995) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) (1996), Honorary Member of Int. Humic Substances Society (IHSS) (2009), Polish Soil Science Society (2011) and Int. Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) (2012).

Currently President of the Italian Soil Science Society (SISS) and Chair of the Subcommittee Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems of the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC). Previously, President of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS), President of Division VI-Chemistry and the Environment, President of the Mediterranean Scientific Assoc. for Environ. Protection (MESAEP), President of the Int. Humic Substances Society (IHSS) and Chairman of Division II-Soil Properties and Processes of the Int. Union of Soil Science (IUSS). Currently Associate Editor of Geoderma, Soil Science, Pedosphere, Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC), CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water and other technical and scientific journals.

Research focused on fundamental and applied aspects of chemistry and biochemistry of organic matter from soils and other systems and materials, and its interactions with soil-applied organic chemicals and trace metals, by the use of advanced physico-chemical techniques and biochemical tools. Recently, physiological and antimutagenic effects of humic substances on plants, and implications of recycling organic wastes on soil fertility and crop production.

Pioneered the application of fractal geometry to the study of molecular conformation and aggregation processes of natural soil organic colloids and the view of humic substances as natural nanomaterials. The results of his research are documented in about 360 scientific and technical papers and about 60 book chapters and invited reviews. Dr. Senesi has also co-edited 20 books and Proceedings Volumes.

Scholar-Google citations: 9304, h-Index: 47

Citation report (Web of Science): 4198 times cited; h-index: 31.

Top Italian Scientists of VIA-Academy: n.77, H-Index: 47

Updated January 2014.

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