There is a growing concern about the potential health risks that micro and nanoplastics pose to us whether through ingesting the harmful bacteria they pick up when coming from wastewater plants, or just through injury and death of cells through contact, possibly through absorption of nanoplastics by cells.
MONPLAS is a four year Initial Training Network that consists of some of Europe’s greatest experts who in collaboration with end-users and equipment manufacturers, will provide tomorrows talent with the skills and knowledge to deliver technologies that will permit a robust, easy to use and low cost industrial instrument, whose measurements will correspond directly to the EC directive.
To achieve a breakthrough in the detection of micro and nanoplastics in water (and other beverages, food, soil and air), as well as in the tracing of their origins and determination of their toxicity, the next generation of scientists and engineers will need to develop various novel technologies, applications and methodologies that require close collaboration within broad interdisciplinary research programs. The creation of such an environment, currently lacking in the EU and worldwide, is the principal motivating force for MONPLAS.
The project and network is innovative in many ways. According to the EU CORDIS search engine there has never been ANY EC funded project that has targetted the development of technologies for the detection of micro and nanoplastics. Moreover, outside of the marine environment there has never been an EC funded project based on the study of micro and nanoplastics.
CONTENT OF THE PROJECT
Management and governance
Innovative Personal Career Training
Dissemination, exploitation & outreach
Sample manipulation technology development
Detection technology development
Application and procedure development
The project comprises the majority of the leading experts in the field, and establishes an international collaboration to achieve its objectives.
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