David Rubinos, PhD
Research Scientist

Languages: Spanish, Galician, English, Porguese, German


  • +56 2 2307 9710 (Santiago)
    +56 41 220 4872 (Concepción)

  • d.rubinos@smiicechile.cl


David is Pharmacist with a PhD from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The topic of his PhD thesis dissertation was the utilisation of bauxite red mud as liners for storage and attenuation of hazardous toxic wastes, and it was awarded with the Prize Juan Artieda 2008-2009. He completed postdoctoral research work at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Universidad of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. His main research interests include the characterisation and reutilisation of industrial and mining wastes, remediation of soils and tailings impoundments, the (bio)geochemistry and speciation of arsenic in soils and waters impacted by mining activities, the ecotoxicology of arsenic and the assessment of ecological and human health risks by exposure to potentially toxic elements. During his scientific career, David has participated in 20 research projects and he has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (h-index 13, 917 cites), and has actively participated in numerous national and international scientific congresses and symposia in diverse countries.

He currently works as a Research Scientist, part of the Sustainability team, at SMI-ICE-Chile living and working in the city of Concepción, in his role as special liaison with Universidad de Concepción, where he conducts research on the geochemical stability, impacts and risks of potentially toxic elements in tailings of Chile, arsenic exposure pathways, reutilisation of tailings and on sustainability of the future mining in Chile.

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