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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.

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Project "MONPLAS" data sheet

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Coordinator
ASTON UNIVERSITY 

Organization address
address: ASTON TRIANGLE
city: BIRMINGHAM
postcode: B4 7ET
website: www.aston.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 3˙908˙325 €
 EC max contribution 3˙908˙325 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-01-01   to  2023-12-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ASTON UNIVERSITY UK (BIRMINGHAM) coordinator 606˙345.00
2    THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST UK (BELFAST) participant 606˙345.00
3    AALBORG UNIVERSITET DK (AALBORG) participant 595˙044.00
4    KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN SE (STOCKHOLM) participant 563˙965.00
5    VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BE (BRUSSEL) participant 512˙640.00
6    LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER PHOTONISCHE TECHNOLOGIEN E.V. DE (JENA) participant 505˙576.00
7    STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 265˙619.00
8    BRUKER OPTIK GMBH DE (ETTLINGEN) participant 252˙788.00

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 Project objective

Micro and nanoplastics have recently been found in our soil, tap water, bottled water, beer and even in the air we breathe, with a growing concern about the potential health risks they pose to us. Whether that is 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 absorbtion of nanoplastics by cells, we really don’t know. Which is why there is an urgent need for more research on their toxicity and also why a new EC drinking water directive is to be published in 2019 stating that water companies will need to measure concentrations of microplastics from within two years for positive release and inspection. However, even though a standard measurement method will be published in 2019 for water, its necessary use of exisiting and expensive scientific laboratory equipment, such as microscopy and FTIR or Raman spectroscopy, will make it prohibitively expensive for in line use for many companies across Europe especially considering its need for highly trained personnel. There is therefore a need to develop suitable technologies for a robust, easy to use and low cost industrial instrument, whose measurements will correspond directly to the aforementiond standard, as well as train engineers for method development and operation. Given these multiple technical and analytical challenges, and that global production of plastic, that can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, is expected to triple by 2050; we propose a timely four year Initial Training Network to train multiple Early State Researchers throughout various scientific areas. Consisting of some of Europes greatest experts in their fields it will provide tomorrows talent with the skills and knowledge to tackle possibly one of mankinds greatest threats to its existence whilst they jointly develop the technologies for the industrial instrument in collaboration with end-users and equipment manufacturers.

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