University of Gothenburg
A man standing in a laboratory.
Azizul Hakim working on the deep-sea sediments in a 4°C thermostat room in the sedimentology laboratory at the Kristineberg Center.

Azizul Hakim investigates the aggregation of sediment particles

Azizul Hakim recently started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences. In his research, he will focus on the aggregation of sediment particles generated by deep sea mining. His workplace is at the Kristineberg Center.

What are you going to do here?

"I will conduct an experimental investigation on the processes that lead to particle aggregation in marine environments, focusing on particle dispersal during industrial activities like deep-sea mining and fishing. Seabed mining generates sediment particles that disperse over the ocean floor in plumes, far from the mining site. The aggregation of the particles can have a significant impact on the transport, deposition, and resuspension of the sediment plumes in marine water systems, and impact the water quality and deep-sea life throughout the mining operation."

"In my research, I will collaborate with the Danish Hydraulic Institute DHI, Denmark, to develop an oceanographic and hydrodynamic model of particle aggregation and transport in deep sea processes."

What did you do before?

“I am a colloid scientist with an interest in the particle aggregation mechanism and dispersion of tiny particles in water systems, the adhesion force of particles in aggregates, the aggregate strength, and the electrokinetic properties of colloidal suspension. Before joining the University of Gothenburg, I worked as a faculty member at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. During that time, my research focused on microplastic aggregation and the transport and settling of microplastics in the soil-water system.”

What do you like to do when you are not working?

"I like spending time with my family and cooking food. Sometimes I spend time thinking about society and the changes happening in science and society interactions over the last couple of years."

Something else you want to share? 

"Since my start here at Kristineberg Centre, I have felt very welcomed, and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the colleagues I haven’t met yet. Regarding work, I look forward to starting to work with researchers interested in marine particles and sediment plumes."

Interview: Susanne Liljenström