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CONTENT OF THE PROJECT

Work Packages

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.

Technology

Application

Procedure

WP1

Management and governance

WP2

Innovative Personal Career Training

WP3

Dissemination, exploitation & outreach

Sample manipulation technology development

WP5

Detection technology development

WP6

Application and procedure development

WP4

WP7

Ethics requirements

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

To ensure, the overall implantation of the project, according to the GA and CA, in order for MONPLAS to achieve the deliverables within the budget and timeframe set out; to implement and update risk assessments.

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

ETHICS REQUIREMENTS

The objective is to ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in this work package.