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The training of early stage researchers for the development of technologies to MONitor concentrations of micro and nanoPLAStics in water for their presence, uptake and threat to animal and human life


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 scientists and engineers, who in collaboration with equipment manufacturers and end-users, will provide tomorrows talent with the skills and knowledge to deliver technologies that will permit a robust, easy to use and low cost in line instrument for the monitoring of microplastics and nanoplastics, that being coherent with the harmonisation of analytical methods, will directly support the implementation of the 2020 EC drinking water directive.

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Between 14-15th November 2022 MONPLAS as its first satellite symposium held a node of Micro2022 at Aalborg University where 12 ESRs presented their work as conference papers.

On 15 November 2022 MONPLAS organised a round table panel meeting on “Challenges within Instrumentation for micro and nanoplastics analysis”. On the panel there were representatives from HORIBA France, Purency, Renishaw and Bruker.

In September 2022 Mehrdad Lotfi Choobbari (ESR 7) and other colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with CNR-Istituto di Fisica Applicata Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Italy, published a paper on “Batch analysis of microplastics in water using multi-angle static light scattering and chemometric methods” in Analytical methods .

In September 2022 Clementina Vitali (ESR 6) presented a conference paper on “Multimodal characterisation of microplastics in drinking water” at the conference RAFA2022 in Prague.

In July 2022 Luca Maurizi (ESR11) contributed to a newsletter with an article for the International Day of Light.

In June 2022 – May 2023 Julia Boeke (ESR9) is working with high school students from Jena, Germany on a science project to take microplastic samples and analyse them.  The collaboration is with the local school and volunteer fire fighters

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