Modelling manufactured nanomaterial fate in the environment

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
24-11-2017 from 13:30 to 14:15
Where
Building F, room 0.1, Campus Coupure, Ghent
Language
English
Organizer
Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere
Contact
karel.deschamphelaere@ugent.be
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A seminar by Dr. Stephen Lofts, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster, United Kingdom. He is a leading figure in the field of environmental fate, effects and risks of engineered nanomaterials.

Description

Increased interest in the potential environmental hazards and risks of manufactured nanomaterials over the past ten years has led to an interest in and development of modelling approaches for predicting the concentrations of manufactured nanomaterials in environmental compartments such as soil, water, and organisms.

Modelling of manufactured nanomaterial fate is a challenge for a number of reasons, including the fact that nanomaterials may be chemically complex, that they may undergo important changes to their chemical composition before being released into the environment, as well as afterwards, and that their behaviour is governed by processes such as aggregation, which are not included in current chemical fate models.

This seminar will present an overview of efforts to develop fate models for nanomaterials in the environment, focusing on work in the ongoing EU-funded project NanoFASE.

The seminar is free and registration is not required.