CONTENT OF THE PROJECT
The structure of MONPLAS consists of three interconnected research WPs (4-6) supported by four non-technical WPs (1-3, 7) covering all parts of the project from research (4-6), management (1), training (2), dissemination, exploitation and public engagement (3), and Ethics (7). A large network is required to embrace the wide spectrum of research essential to address the complicated issues, which in turn will help enhancing the ESRs’ broader appreciation and understanding of multidisciplinary research through secondments. The scientific WPs consist of ESR projects, which are independent yet have synergy across WPs 4-6. A Virtual Research Environment will allow ESRs to collaborate and exchange research progress, best practices, negative results, and collaborate virtually at a higher frequency than just through network annual meetings, but additionally it will insure that MONPLAS´s research workflow and output avoids recently reported concerns about reproducibility of research in cancer biology and psychology.
Management and governance
Innovative Personal Career Training
Dissemination, exploitation & outreach
Sample manipulation technology development
Detection technology development
Application and procedure development
INNOVATIVE PERSONAL CAREER TRAINING
To provide high quality training in research to ESRs exposing them to inter-disciplinary training from academic and industry in an international environment. Thus providing them with skills required for a successful future career in industry or academic sector.
DISSEMINATION, EXPLOITATION & OUTREACH
Ensure the dissemination, exploitation and outreach of the knowledge and technology derived from MONPLAS to the research community, general public and related industrial sectors; to set out an OpenScience and OpenInnovation platform (including IPR agreement); to implement a public engagement strategy including communication with potential end-users.
SAMPLE MANIPULATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
State of art technologies for manipulating micro and nanoplastic containing samples for Raman, FTIR, PY-GCMS, PL/ultracentrifugation and SERS, both for water and for other beverages, honey and salt, for offline and inline measurements.
ESR3 (KTH): Size based μfluidic continuous particle separation
ESR4 (KTH): Filter based separation of MP/NP from media
ESR6 (RIKILT): Detection of MPs and NPs in complex matrices
DETECTION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Developing state of the art analytical detection techniques for micro and nanoplastic containing beverage samples on a substrate or in a continuous flow. Using existing techniques such as PY-GC-MS, Raman and UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, photoluminescence, scattering and FTIR or a combination hereof, to identify and quantify micro and nanoplastics and improve characteristics such as measurement speed and limit of detection to obtain low cost, easy to use, reliable and robust instrumentation.
ESR1 (Aston): Rapid vibration spectroscopy detection of NP
ESR2 (Aston): Portable and low cost PL MP/NP detection
ESR5 (Bruker): QCL IR microscopy of MP
ESR7 (VUB): Optofluidic chip for microplastics in beverages
ESR8 (VUB): SPR optofluidic detection of MP in beverages
ESR9 (IPHT): Multispectral imaging flow cytometry of MP
ESR10 (IPHT): High throughput Raman analysis of MP
ESR13 (QUB): Lateral flow vibration spectroscopy of MP/NP
APPLICATION AND PROCEDURE DEVELOPMENT
State of art instrument applications (hardware and software designed purposely for micro and nanoplastic detection/enumeration for FTIR, Raman, PY-GC-MS) for subsequent benchmarking against standard materials and trialled with samples taken from actual sources, both offline and inline. Toxicity studies will show the pathways for ingestion and accumulation of micro-nanoplastics in living organisms and their effects on the living activities of cells. The aging, deterioration and shedding of MP and NP for the plastic materials of drinking water treatment and distribution systems will be shown.
ESR11 (AAU): Occurance, formation, and fate of MP/NP in water treatment & distribution systems
ESR12 (AAU): Chemometrics for automated ID of MP/NP in water
ESR14 (QUB): Toxicity of MP and NP on living cells determined