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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


MONPLAS 1/1/2020-31/3/2024:

The project has now ended


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.

Read more here about the project: its objectives, workpackages, consortium and innovation >

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Between December 2023 – April 2024

In November 2024 Yuanli Liu (ESR 12) and other colleagues at Aalborg University, published in collaboration with Stephan Lüttjohan at Bruker GmbH & Co. KG, published a paper in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin: “Detecting small microplastics down to 1.3 μm using large area ATR-FTIR 

In December 2024 Daniel Hill, the MONPLAS PI, prepared an article for CORDIS on MONPLAS 

In March 2024 Mehrdad Lotfi Choobbari (ESR 7) and other colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, published a paper in the journal Applied Spectroscopy: “A Study of High-Frequency Noise for Microplastics Classification Using Raman Spectroscopy and Machine Learning” 

In April 2024 Mehrdad Lotfi Choobbari (ESR 7) and other colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel presented two papers at SPIE Photonics Europe 2024 entitled “Towards a quantitative approach for the accurate analysis of blended microplastics based on 3-D micro-Raman spectroscopy” and “Towards online monitoring of water pollutants: an optofluidic chip for characterizing microplastics in water”.

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