Amina Salamova, native of Azerbaijan, developed a love for chemistry in high school. And in her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies, she has been devoted to applying science to “issues that matter.” Amina received her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Baku State University in Azerbaijan. She then came to Indiana University for her Master of Science in Environmental Science and is now working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Science under the direction of Professor Ron Hites.
Amina’s dissertation research focuses on applying organic analytical chemistry to the understanding of environmental problems. As a part of Dr. Hites’ team, she is participating in the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), a project that focuses on persistent organic pollutants in the Great Lakes, one of biggest environmental concerns in the Unites States. The project originally began in 1990 through mandates of the Clean Air Act and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement as a joint venture between Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the United States EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office. Dr. Hites’ laboratory operates five out of the seven IADN sampling sites around the Great Lakes and systematically collects vapor, particle and precipitation samples from each of sites. Amina specifically studies the levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a group of major emerging environmental pollutants, in the Great Lakes atmosphere. PBDEs are widely used as flame retardants and are found in many consumer goods—such as electrical equipment, coatings, construction materials and furniture—and have been associated with various adverse effects on human health.
Amina is also working on a project that involves research on several types of environmental pollutants using tree bark as a passive sampler. She has pursued this project because it is a means of sampling that is easy, fast and inexpensive and can be applied in underdeveloped countries. “Tree bark sampling is easier and less expensive and can be used as a way for poor countries to conduct preliminary research on potential environmental problems,” she said.
Amina is a recipient of the Muskie Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia.
Amina and her husband, Teymur, live in Bloomington with their two daughters, Layaan and Miriam.
For more information, please contact Amina Salamova.