Abolfazl Naji

Dr. Abolfazl Naji

Senior Scientist

Phone: +49 421 23800 - 179

Fax: +49 (421) 23800 - 30

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Office: Wiener Str. 7
28359 Bremen
Room: 5304 (3rd floor)

Research interests

My current research interests and projects are as following:
Micro- and Nano plastics in environments
Trace metals in ecosystem
Oil pollution in ecosystem
Emerging threats, such as nano-particles, and chemical mixtures
Ecological indicators for aquatic ecosystem health assessment resulting from chemical stress
Eco-toxicology of marine litter and microplastics
Trophic transfer, bio-accumulation and effects of chemical contaminants in food webs
Innovative technologies for pollution monitoring and control
Integrated environmental assessment methods.


Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2021 Guest researcher at the Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen
  • 2013- 2021 Associate Professor at  University of Hormozgan (Iran)
  •  2008-2012 Doctoral student in Ecotoxicology (Environmental Pollution), UPM (KL/Malaysia)
  •  2004-2006 M.Sc. in Natural Resources Engineering, Control and protection Marine Pollution, Department of Environmental Sciences, Tehran (Iran)
  • 2000-2004 B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, Tehran (Iran)

Some of Publications

Naji A, Ismail A., Ismail AR. (2010). Chemical speciation and contamination assessment of Zn and Cd by sequential extraction in surface sediment of Klang River, Malaysia. Microchemical Journal, 95(2), 285-292. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2009.12.015

Naji A & Ismail A. (2011). Assessment of Metals Contamination in Klang River Surface Sediments by using Different Indexes. Environmentasia, 4(1)  30-38.

Naji A & Ismail A. (2012). Sediment quality assessment of Klang Estuary, Malaysia. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society 15 (3): 287–293.https://doi.org/10.1080/14634988.2012.706108

Naji A, Ismail A, Kamrani E, Sohrabi T (2014). Correlation of MT Levels in Livers and Gills with Heavy Metals in Wild Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) from the Klang River, Malaysia. Bulletin Environmental Contamination Toxicology 92,  674–679. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-014-1243-4

Naji A, FR Khan, SH Hashemi (2016). Potential human health risk assessment of trace metals via the consumption of marine fish in Persian Gulf, Marine Pollution Bulletin. 109,1667-671. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.05.002

A Naji, Z Esmaili, FR Khan (2017). Plastic debris and microplastics along the beaches of the Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf. Marine Pollution Bulletin 114 (2), 1057-1062. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.11.032

Nasab, S.M.H., Naji A, Yousefzadi, M (2017). Kinetic and equilibrium studies on biosorption of cadmium(II) from aqueous solution by Gracilaria corticata and agar extraction algal waste. J Appl Phycol 29, 2107–2116 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10811-017-1117-3

Naji A, Esmaili Z, Mason S, Vethaak D (2017). The occurrence of microplastics contamination in littoral sediments of the Persian Gulf, Iran. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24: 20459–20468 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-9587-z.

Naji A, Nuri M, Vethaak AD (2018). Microplastics contamination in some shellfishes from the Persian Gulf . Environmental Pollution 235 113-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.12.046

Ghasemi S, MoghaddamS S, Rahimi A, Damalas Ch, Naji A (2018). Phytomanagement of trace metals in mangrove sediments of Hormozgan, Iran, using gray mangrove (Avicennia marina). Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25, 28195–28205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-018-2684-9

Souri A, Niyogi S, Naji A (2019). Distribution, source apportionment, bioavailability and ecological risks of metals in reef sediments and corals of the Persian Gulf (Iran): Khark Island, Chirouyeh, and Hendorabi Island. Marine Pollution Bulletine 149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110654

Naji A, Nuri M, Amiri P, Niyogi S (2019). Small microplastic particles (S-MPPs) in sediments of mangrove ecosystem on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf. Marine Pollution Bulletin 146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.06.033

Souri A, Masoodi M, Niyogi S, Naji A (2020). Speciation and risk assessment of selected trace metals in bottom sediment of coral reef ecosystems of the Persian Gulf, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-08632-4

Zakeri M, Naji A, Akbarzadeh,A, Uddin S (2020). Microplastic ingestion in important commercial fish in the southern Caspian Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111598.

Kadhum SA, Abed SA, Ewaid SH, Al-Ansari N, Naji A (2020). Microplastic contamination of surface sediment of Euphrates River, Iraq: a preliminary study. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. IOP Publishing, p. 012139.

Uddin S, Fowler SW, Saeed T, Naji A, Al-Jandal N (2020). Standardized protocols for microplastics determinations in environmental samples from the Gulf and marginal seas. Marine Pollution Bulletin 158, 111374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111374

Uddin S, Fowler SW, Uddin MF, Behbehani M, Naji A (2021).A review of microplastic distribution in sediment profiles.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 163, 111973.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.111973

Naji A, Azadkhah SH, Farahani H, Uddin S, Khan FR (2021). Microplastics in wastewater outlets of Bandar Abbas city (Iran): A potential point source of microplastics into the Persian Gulf 262, 128039 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128039

Aliabad HS, Naji A, Seyed Mortezaei SR, Sourinejad I, Akbarzadeh A (2022). Effects of restricted feeding levels and stocking densities on water quality, growth performance, body composition and mucosal innate immunity of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fry in a biofloc system 546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.737320.

St ̈ofen-O′Brien A, Naji A, Brooks AL, Jambeck JR, Khan FR (2022). Marine plastic debris in the Arabian/Persian Gulf: Challenges, opportunities and recommendations from a transdisciplinary perspective, Marine policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104909