Mary-Lou Tercier-Waeber

 

B.Sc. in chemistry
Senior Research Engineer
CABE, Dept. of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry
Institut F.-A.Forel

Address: Sciences II, 30 Quai E.-Ansermet, 1211 Geneva 4
Phone: 0041-22-3796048
E-mail: Marie-Louise.Tercier@unige.ch


 

Research Activities and Competence:

 

Development of :

· microsensors, mini/micro integrated analytical systems for the measurement of well defined metal species or group of metal species in complex media (natural waters, soils)
· individually addressable microsensor arrays and probe allowing real time measurements of concentration micro-profiles and the determination of trace elements fluxes in stratified or non-homogeneous environmental media (sediment-water interfaces, bio-films)
· submersible probes, with remote control from land stations, allowing in situ, autonomous and simultaneous measurements of specific fractions of trace metals and master bio-physicochemical variables in aquatic systems
· portable instrument allowing automatic, continuous measurements of trace metal speciation in shallow rivers or run-off waters.

 

Application in laboratory, on site and in situ of the analytical tools and methodologies developed to :


· study the complexation of trace metals by the natural ligands (organic and inorganic species, colloids and particles)
· study the trace metal speciation in soils as a function of the growing of hyper-accumulator plants.
· monitor the concentration profiles of trace compounds at natural interfaces
· measure at the site or in situ trace metal speciation in the aquatic ecosystems (rivers, lakes, ground-waters, estuaries, sea waters)
· monitor the temporal and spatial evolution of trace metal speciation in the aquatic systems as a function of the bio-physicochemical conditions
· evaluate the water quality and give timely appropriate warning/alarm in case of significant/sudden increase of priority pollutant levels.

 

Complementary measurements with traditional laboratory techniques for the characterization and validation of the analytical tools and methodologies developed and the interpretation of the in situ measurements of trace metal speciation.

 

Organisation of and participation to multi-disciplinary field campaigns

 

Projects (since 1995):

 

2008-2011: "Mobile Water Quality Sensor System: MOBESENS": 7th EU program: ICT for
Environmental Management and Energy Efficiency.
(Co-applicant; UNIGE leader).

2005-2008: "Dynamic Sensing of pollution Disasters and Predictive Modelling of their ecological impact: ECODIS": 6th EU Program: Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development ; Key action : Technologies and risk assessment in pollution disaster areas.
(Co-applicant; leader of the Work-Package: Disaster/site field campaigns; in charge of the administrative and scientific organisation of the ECODIS field campaigns involving 8 EU partners and up to 25 persons ( including up to 20 PhD students and Post-Docs).

2001-2004: "Sensor development for routine prediction of metal biouptake in freshwaters and soil solutions: BIOSPEC". 5th EU Program : Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development ; Key action : Sustainable management and quality of water: ecological quality of freshwater ecosystems.
(Head of the organization of the field campaigns for CABE and of the in situ voltammetric measurements).

2000-2003: "In situ Monitoring of Trace Metal speciation in Estuaries and Coastal Zones in relation with biogeochemical processes : IMTEC". 5th EU Program : Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development ; Key action : Marine Ecosystems : Monitoring and managing coastal processes and the coastal zone.
(Co-applicant ; scientific coordinator ; in charge of the developments, tests and applications of voltammetric sensors, submersible FIAs and probe)

2000-2002: "Development of a microelectrode array based electrochemical flow-through ultratrace analyzer". Swiss CTI Program.
(CABE leader; supervision of the analyzer tests by the HES of Winterthur).

1996-1999: "Elchem: Development of voltammetric microsensors". Swiss Priority Program
MINAST on microtechnology.

1995-1998: "Voltammetric Autonomous Measuring Probes for trace metals in the water column (500m. max. depth) and at water-sediment interfaces (6000m. max. depth): VAMP". 4th EU Program : Marine Science and Technology (MAST-III).
(CABE leader).


Participation in external projects (since 1995):

 

2004 - 2008 : "Voltammetric measurements with gel integrated microsensor arrays of the dynamic fraction of Cu, Pb, Cd and Zn in the soil interstitial waters as a function of the growth of non- or hyperaccumulator plants ". Collaboration at the PhD thesis of J. Dessureault-Rompré, "Hyperaccumulation of Cd and Zn by Thlaspi caerulescens: the role of root exudation and risk for metal leaching in groundwater". Director : B. Nowack, Institut d'Ecologie Terrestre, ETH, Zurich.

2006 : "Trace element regulation and removal by algal bloom in the surface water of lake Geneva (TERRAB - 2006)". In collaboration with the Forel Institut-Versoix-Switzerland and the INRA Institut-Thonon-France. Responsible for the in situ monitoring of trace metal speciation.

2000-2004 : "Water quality assessment and protection of the Venice lagoon". Consultant for the Governmental Institutes Magistrato alle Acque and Consorzio Venezia Nuova of Venice-Italy for the analysis and speciation of the trace elements and the interpretation of the annual whole data bank.

1999-2000: "Development of an autonomous trace metal analyzer for real-time monitoring in estuarine and coastal waters". Project of the General Oceanic company and the SeaKeepers Society - Miami-USA : "Monitoring and protecting the health of the world's oceans by equipping yachts, vessels and platforms around the world with sophisticated ocean and weather monitoring modules". Consultant for the development, tests and optimization of an on-line metal analyzer.

1997-1999 : "Development of a methodology for detecting deep metal ore deposits through physico-chemical analysis of fluids in shallow boreholes". EU Brite-EuRam program, 1997-1999. Consultant for the Département de Métallogénie et Géodynamique, BRGM - Orléans for the analytical analysis and speciation of the trace elements ; responsible of the in situ monitoring of trace metals during a field campaign.

1996-1998 : "Mesures de Mn(II), Fe(II) et S(-II) dans des carottes de sediments par voltamétrie sur micrélectrode à gel intégré". Collaboration for a Canadian National Project - Prof. André Tessier, INRS Eaux - Québec.


Publications


Book chapters :


3. Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Buffle J. Microcapteurs et sondes voltamétriques pour la mesure in situ des éléments traces dans les milieux aquatiques, Ch. 11 in "Microcapteurs chimiques et biologiques: Applications en milieu liquide ". P. Fabry, J. Fouletier (Eds.), Hermes Science Publication, Paris, 2003.

2. Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Buffle J., Koudelka-Hep M., Graziottin F. Submersible voltammetric probes for in situ real-time trace element monitoring in natural aquatic systems, Ch. 2 in :"Environmental Electrochemistry: Analysis of Trace Element Biogeochemistry". M. Taillefert, T.F. Rozan (Eds.), American Chemical Society Symposium Series No. 811, Washington DC, (2002).

1. Buffle J., Tercier-Waeber M.L. In situ voltammetry: concepts and practice for trace analysis and speciation, chap. 9 in "In situ monitoring of aquatic systems; Chemical analysis and speciation" J. Buffle, G. Hoarvai (Eds.), IUPAC Series on Analytical and Physical Chemistry of Environmental Systems, Vol. 6, Wiley, Chichester (2000).

Patent :


1. Buffle J., Tercier M.-L., Belmont C., Koudelka-Hep M., Fiaccabrino G.C. Integrated electrochemical microsensors and microsystems for direct reliable chemical analysis of compounds in complex aqueous solutions. US Patent number : 5,865,972, (1999).


Peer-reviewed publications :


45. Dessureault-Rompré J, Nowack B, Schulin R, Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Luster J.
Mobilization and complexation of Zn and Cd in the rhizosphere of Thlaspi caerulescens,
Env. Poll., submitted.

44. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Hezard T., Masson M., Schäfer J. In situ monitoring of the diurnal cycling of the dynamic metal species in a stream under contrasting photobenthic biofilm activity and hydrological conditions. Env. Sci. Technol., 2009, DOI: 10.1021/es900247y.

43. Braungardt C.B., Achterberg E.P.*, Axelsson B., Buffle J., Graziottin F., Howell K.A., Illuminati S., Scarponi G., Tappin A.D., Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Turner D. Analysis of dissolved metal fractions in coastal waters : An intercomparison of five voltammetric in siotu profiling (VIP) systems. Mar. Chem. 114 (2009) 47-55.

42. Dallemagne P.*, Sénéclauze M., Farserotu J., Tercier-Waeber M-L., Cros J., Dussud L.,
Grisel A., Mitcheson P., Muralt P., Zeghlache D.. MOBESENS: Monitoring water quality at large and in long term. CGI Report: "Sensing a Changing World". Kooistra L. and Ligtenberg A. (Eds.), Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherland, 2008, pp. 103-106.

41. Dessureault-Rompré J, Nowack B, Schulin R, Tercier-Waeber M-L, Luster J. Metal solubility and speciation in the rhizosphere of Lupinus albus. Env. Sci. Tech., 42 (2008) 7146-7151.

40. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Taillefert M. Remote in situ voltammetric techniques to characterize the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in aquatic systems. (Invited review).Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 10 (2008) 30-54.

39. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Confalonieri F., Koudleka-Hep M., Dessureault-Rompré J.,
Graziottin F., Buffle J.. Gel-integrated voltammetric microsensors and submersible probes as reliable tools for environmental trace metal analysis and speciation. (Invited review). Electroanalysis, 20 (2008) 240-258.

38. Bayen, Stephane; Tercier-Waeber, Mary-Lou; Parthasarathy, Nalini; Buffle, Jacques. Highlights of analytical chemistry in Switzerland - analytical concepts and tools for speciation studies. Chimia 62 (2008) 170.

37. Dessureault-Rompré, J.; Tercier-Waeber, M.-L.*; Koudelka-Hep, M.. Speciation analysis of Cu, Pb, Cd and Zn in soil solutions by square wave anodic stripping voltammetric technique with gel integrated microelectrode arrays. In: Luster, J.; Finlay, R. (eds.). Handbook of methods used in rhizosphere research. Birmensdorf, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, 2006, pp. 247-248.
36. Noël S., Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Lin L., Buffle J., Guenat O., Koudelka-Hep M.
Integrated micro-analytical system for simultaneous voltammetric measurements of free metal ion concentrations in natural waters. Electroanalysis, 18 (2006) 2061-2069.

35. Dessureault-Rompré J., Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Koudelka-Hep M. Speciation analysis of Cu, Pb, Cd and Zn in soil solutions. Handbook of methods used in rhizosphere research - Understanding and modelling plant-soil interections in the rhisosphere environment, in press.

34. Unsworth E.R., Warnken K.W, Zhang H., Davison W.*, Black F., Buffle J., Cao J., Cleven R., Galceran J., Gunkel P., Kalis E., Kistler D., van Leeuwen H.P., Martin M., Noël S., Nur Y., Odzak N., Puy J., Riemsdijk van W., Sigg L., Temminghoff E., Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Toepperwien S., Town R.M., Weng L., Xue H. Model predictions of metal speciation in freshwaters compared to measurements by in situ techniques. Env. Sci. Tech., 40 (2006) 1942-1949.

33. Sigg L.*, Black F., Buffle J., Cao J., Cleven R., Davison W., Galceran J., Gunkel P., Kalis E., Kistler D., Martin M., Noël S., Nur Y., Odzak N., Puy J., van Riemsdijk W., Temminghoff E., Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Toepperwien S., Town R.M., Unsworth E.R., Warnken K., Weng L., Xue H., Zhang H. Comparison of analytical techniques for dynamic trace metal speciation in natural freshwaters. Env. Sc. Tech., 40 (2006) 1934-1941.

32. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Confalonieri F., Riccardi G., Sina A., Noel S., Buffle J., Graziottin F.. Multi Physical-Chemical Profiler for real-time in situ monitoring of trace metal speciation and master variables: development, validation and field application. Mar. Chem., 97 (2005) 216-235.

31. Buffle J.*, Tercier-Waeber M.-L.. Voltammetric environmental trace-metal analysis and speciation : from laboratory to in situ measurements. (Review). Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 24 (2005) 172-191.

30. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Confalonieri F., Sina A., Graziottin F., Buffle J. Multi Physical-Chemical Profiler for Real-time Continuous In situ Monitoring of Specific Fractions of Trace Metals and Master Variables. Proceeding of the XIIth International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, J. Phys. IV France, 107 (2003) 1297-1300.

29. Noel S., Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Lin L., Buffle J. Complexing Gel Integrated Microelectrode Array for Direct Detection of Free Metal Ion Concentrations in Natural Waters. Proceeding of the XIIth International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, J. Phys. IV France, 107 (2003) 965-968.

28. Pauwels H.*, Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Arenas M., Castroviejo R., Deschamps Y., Lassin A., Graziottin F., Elorza F.-J. Chemical characteristics of groundwaters at two massive sulphide deposits in an area of previous mining contamination, South Iberian Pyrite Belt, Spain. J. Geochem. Expl. 75 (2002) 17-41.

27. Parthasarathy N.*, Pelletier M., Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Buffle J. On-line coupling of flow through voltammetric microcell to hollow fiber permeation liquid membrane device for subnanomolar trace metal speciation measurements. Electroanalysis 13 (2001) 1305-1314.

26. Pei J., Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Buffle J., Fiaccabrino G.C., Koudelka-Hep M. Individually addressable gel-integrated voltammetric microelectrode array for high resolution measurements of concentration profiles at interfaces. Anal. Chem. 73 (2001) 2273-2281.

25. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Buffle J. Submersible on-line oxygen removal system coupled to an in situ voltammetric probe for trace element monitoring in freshwater. Env. Sci. Technol., 34 (2000) 4018-4024.

24. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Pei J., Buffle J., Fiaccabrino G.C., Koudelka-Hep M., Riccardi G., Confalonieri F., Sina A., Graziottin F. A novel probe with individually addressable gel-integrated microsensor arrays for real-time high spatial resolution concentration profile measurements. Electroanalysis, 12 (2000) 27-34.

23. Pei J., Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Buffle J.*. Simultaneous determination and speciation of Zinc, Cadmium, Lead and Copper in natural water with minimum handling and artefacts by voltammetry on gel-integrated microelectrode array. Anal. Chem., 72 (2000) 161-171.

22. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Buffle J., Graziottin F., Koudelka-Hep M. Novel voltammetric probe for in situ trace element monitoring. Sea Technol. , 40 (1999) 74-79. (Invited paper for a special issue : Communications, Telemertry Data Processing).


21. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Buffle J., Confalonieri F., Riccardi G., Sina A., Graziottin F., Fiaccabrino G.C., Koudelka-Hep M. Submersible voltammetric probes for in situ trace element measurements in surface water, groundwater and sediment-water interface, Meas. Sci. Technol., 10 (1999) 1202-1213. (Invited paper for a special issue : Subsea Measurement and Instrumentation).

20. Tercier-Waeber M.-L.*, Belmont-Hébert C., Buffle J. Real-time continuous Mn(II) monitoring in lakes using a novel voltammetric in situ profiling system. Env. Sci. Technol., 32 (1998) 1515-1521.

19. Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J., Graziottin F. A novel voltammetric in situ profiling system for continuous, real-time monitoring of trace elements in natural waters. Electroanalysis, 10 (1998) 355-363.

18. Belmont-Hébert C., Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J., Fiaccabrino G.C., Koudelka-Hep M. Gel-integrated microelectrode arrays for direct voltammetric measurements of heavy metals in natural waters an other complex media. Anal. Chem., 70 (1998) 2949-2956.

17. Fiaccabrino G.C., Van der Wal P.D., De Rooij N.F., Koudelka-Hep M.*, Tercier-Waeber M.-L., Belmont-Hebert C., Buffle J., Confalonieri F., Riccardi G., Graziottin F. Microfabricated voltammetric microsensors for trace metals analysis. Proc. SPIE_Int. Soc. Opt. Eng., 3539 (Chemical microsensors and applications), (1998) 157-160.

16. Fiaccabrino, G. C.; de Rooij, N. F.; Koudelka-Hep*, M.; Belmont-Hebert, C.; Tercier, M. L.; Buffle, J. Microfabricated voltammetric sensors for trace metal monitoring, in: Chemical Sensors, Technical Digest of the International Meeting, 7th, Beijing, China, July 27-30 (1998) 166-168 Publisher: International Academic Publishers, Beijing, Peop. Rep. China.

15. Buffle J.*, Tercier M.-L., Parthasarathy N., Wilkinson K.J. Analytical techniques for in situ measurement and speciation of trace compounds in natural waters, Chimia, 51 (1997) 690-693.

14. Buffle J.*, Wilkinson K.J., Tercier M.-L., Parthasarathy N., (1997). In situ monitoring and speciation of trace metals in natural waters. Ann. Chim. (Rome), 87 (1997) 67-82.

13. Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J. Antifouling membrane-covered voltammetric microsensor for in situ measurements in natural waters. Anal. Chem., 68 (1996) 3670-3678.

12. Belmont C., Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J., Fiaccabrino G.C., Koudelka-Hep M. Mercury-plated Ir-based microelectrode arrays for trace metal detection by voltammetry: Optimum conditions and reliability. Anal. Chim. Acta, 329 (1996) 203-214.

11. Tercier M.-L.*, Parthasarathy N., Buffle J. Reproducible, reliable and rugged Hg-plated Ir-based microelectrode for in situ measurements in natural waters. Electroanalysis,7 (1995) 55-63.

10. Town R.M., Tercier M.-L., Parthasarathy N., Bujard F., Rodak S., Bernard C., Buffle J.* A versatile macro- to micro-size stationary drop electrode. Anal. Chim. Acta, 302 (1995) 1-8.

9. Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J. In situ voltammetric measurements in natural waters : futur prospects and challenges. (Review). Electroanalysis 5 (1993) 187-200.

8. Jerman R., Tercier M.-L.*, Buffle J. Pressure insensitive solid state reference electrode for in situ voltammetric measurements in natural waters. Anal. Chim. Acta 269 (1992) 49-58.

7. De Vitre R.R.*, Tercier M.-L., Tsacopoulos M., Buffle J. Preparation and properties of a mercury-plated iridium-based microelectrode. Anal. Chim. Acta 249 (1991) 419-425.

6. De Vitre R.R.*, Tercier M.-L., Buffle J. In situ voltammetric measurements in natural waters : the advantages of microelectrodes. Anal. Proc. (London) 28 (1991) 74-75.

5. Tercier M.-L., Buffle J.*, Zirino A. In situ voltammetric measurement of trace elements in lakes and oceans. Anal. Chim. Acta 237 (1990) 429-437.

4. Tercier M.-L., Buffle J.*. Photomicroscopic measurement of the diffusion layer around mercury drop electrodes. Part II: Choice of the optimal conditions. Electroanalysis 2 (1990) 99-105.

3. Tercier M.-L., Bernard C., Bujard F., Rodak S., Buffle J.*. Photomicroscopic measurement of the diffusion layer around mercury drop electrodes. Part I: Description of the electrochemical system. Electroanalysis 2 (1990) 89-97.

2. Buffle J.*, Bernhard J.P., Tercier M.-L. Extension of the sensitivity limit of amalgam electrodes, in dilute aquatic media, based on the study of their oxidation process. J. Electroanal. Chem. 236 (1987) 67-86.

1. Buffle J.*, Vuilleumier J.J., Tercier M.-L., Parthasarathy N. Voltammetric study of humic and fulvic substances. V. Interpretation of metal ion complexation measured by anodic stripping voltammetric methods. Sci. Total Environ. 60 (1987) 75-96.