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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 December 2022 and February 2023 Clementina Vitali (ESR 6) and other colleagues at Wageningen Food Safety Research, Wageningen University and Unilever published a two-part review paper in TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry :

Microplastics and nanoplastics in food, water, and beverages, part II. Methods

Microplastics and nanoplastics in food, water, and beverages, part I. Occurrence in Trends in Analytical Chemistry

In December 2022 Aisha Bibi (ESR1), Udit Pant (ESR13) and Ali Can (ESR14) published, along with other colleagues at Aston University (Daniel Hill) and QUB (Cuong Cao, Chris Elliot and Gary Hardiman), a Book Chapter in the series of  Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry entitled “A review on state-of-the-art detection techniques for micro- and nano-plastics with prospective use in point-of-site detection


In November 2022 Julia Boeke (ESR9) presented a Demonstration of Imaging Flow Cytometry to the public at the Long night of the sciences Jena


In January / February 2023 Aisha Bibi (ESR1) and Julia Boeke (ESR9) presented posters at SPIE Photonics West 2023 (31 Jan- 2 Feb 2023):

Salt-induced aggregation of gold nanoparticles for sensitive SERS-based detection of nanoplastics in water” and ,” Imaging flow cytometry for modern particle analysis” respectively.

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