Microbial driven transformation of ferrous minerals in magnetite tailings for soil formation

Qing Yi specialises in sustainable tailing rehabilitation through soil formation (in physical, chemical and biological aspects) and nutrient cycle reconstruction driven by microorganisms in tailing with major focuses on: mineral, sulfur, nitrogen and organic carbon bioweathering, and geo-microbial ecology in mined environments.

The research will investigate carbon and sulfur metabolism to prime primary conditions of tailing, and the couple of sulfur and nitrogen cycling primed by nitrogen fixing bacteria for extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) formation to accelerate the aggregation formation in tailing.

Qing Yi is an experienced multi-disciplinary environmental and hydrogeological scientist with over five years’ industry experience in the Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences as an environmental assistant researcher. He graduated from China University of Geosciences in 2012, with a Master of Environmental Science and Engineering, and gained a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons I) from Tianjin Agricultural University.


Leader of a project from China Geological Survey: “Compilation Specification of Hydrological Geological Map (1:50 000) 
Professional Standard: Specification of Hydrological Geological Map (1:50 000).
Maps: Groundwater Serial Map of Asia; Groundwater Environment Serial Map of Asia; Groundwater Serial Map of ASEAN and Mekong River Regions; Karst Environmental Geology Serial Map of China and Southeast Asia.
Monograph: Groundwater and Environment of Asia.


Industry experience has encompassed over 10 years of environmental science and engineering research, and 5 years working experience in Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences as an environmental assistant researcher.


Academic collaborations include the Advanced Water Management Center, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of Agriculture and Food Science at The University of Queensland, and School of Plant Biology in University of Western Australia.

Key Publications

Zhang, F. W., Yi, Q., Cheng, Y. P., Yue, C. & Dong, H. (2016). Groundwater system division and description of Asia. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 90(4), 1434-1443.

Yi, Q., Ge, L. Q. & Cheng, Y. P. (2015). The compilation of the groundwater quality map and the study of hydrogeochemical characteristics of Asian groundwater. Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering, 3(2), 176-185.

Yi, Q., Cheng, Y. P. & Zhang, J. K. (2014). Impact of climatic change on ecological environment of Heilongjiang-Amur River basin.

Yi, Q., Hu, X. Y. & Ke, Y. J. (2013). Impact of different biomass black carbon amendments on retention capacity of Cadmium in soil. Journal of Agro-Environment Science, 32(1), 88-94.

Hu, X. Y., Yi, Q. & Yu, H. H. (2012). Several key issues related to black carbon in soil ecosystems. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 21(1), 153-158.

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Qing_Yi6


Associate Professor Longbin Huang