Research grant for identification of harmful compounds in the aquatic environment
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been awarded a research grant of 600.000 euros from NWO-TTW for the project RoutinEDA. The project aims to develop new technologies to detect harmful substances in the aquatic environment.
The aquatic environment is contaminated with a large diversity of toxic organic substances that may negatively affect public and ecosystem health. These substances are found in waste water, surface waters and drinking water sources and are known as ‘Chemical of Emerging Concern’ (CECs). Water boards and drinking water companies that are responsible for treating and purifying the water are faced with a difficult task, as not all substances are easily identified or even known.
The RoutinEDA project is one of five projects to receive a grant within the Partnership programme TTW-STOWA-KWR-TKI Watertechnologie. The aim of RoutinEDA is to develop new technologies for the detection of unidentified harmful compounds in the aquatic environment. The researchers will make use of Effect-Directed Analysis (EDA), whereby in vitro bio-assays are used to map toxicity in combination with high resolution mass spectrometry.
RoutinEDA will build on earlier work funded by STW and aims to finally advance EDA to nanoscale in which post separation microfluidic spotters will be combined with microarray toxicity bioassays.
Two PhD positions
The four-year project will start 1 November and is led by Marja Lamoree (department Environment & Health, Vrije Universiteit), in collaboraton with Jeroen Kool (BioAnalytical Chemistry). Also involved is Timo Hamers (Environment & Health). The project will include two PhD positions.