Overview Work packages

NANO-Transfer - Nanomaterials in the aquatic environment 


The EU project with the acronym "NANO-Transfer" constitutes a wide range of different sub projects which all work on the retrospective and prospective effects of carbon manufactured nanomaterials in the aquatic environment.

Initiating with the manufacturing of aged (weathered) C-MNMs and the characterization and analysis of unaltered and aged nanomaterials a huge amount of other assessments like the fate and effects, the bioaccumulation, the food web transfer, the Trojan horse effects and green applications will be analyzed.

Although the whole project is divided into seven different work packages (WP) , a strong connection and conjunction of the data, results, discussions and analyses is one of the main aims of the project.

The material and data of WP1 - (Fate, occurrence & behavior) will be used in nearly all other WP´s as a basis for the experiments.

The effects during the food chain and the different concentrations of C-MNMs will be analyzed in WP2 - (Bioaccumulation) and WP4 - (Case studies). WP2 especially takes into account the exposure and the accumulation in the food chain. WP4 will focus on the biomagnification of CNTs containing algae, sediment, blackworms, fish, biofilms, estuarine and freshwater riverine mesocosms.

The impact of C-MNMs on aquatic organisms will be analyzed in WP3- (Effects) working on low dose effects of different trophic levels and habitats and the analysis and interpretation of the Trojan horse effect (C-;NMs als pollutant carriers).

Green applications will be developed in WP5 - (Green applications) with a special view on the sorption of the pollutant bisphenol A and the biocide triclocarban to C-MNMs under various environmental conditions.

All results will be analyzed with different statistical tools and indissemination will be organized by WP6 - (Dissemination). Furthermore, different forms of external communication and presentation like a summer school and a congress will be organized.

All in all aim of the project is to, develop new methods to analyze the fate and effect of carbon manufactured nanomaterials which are nowadays present in many products from which they can be released by weathering after use. The project should be an example how different working groups from various European countries are able to with combine their knowledge and techniques in in a forward-looking branch of scientific research.