Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research
We asked our early stage researchers to tell us a bit about themselves and the work they will be conducting as part of the NanoFASE project. Veronique, who is working with Bernd Nowack tells us more about her work in NanoFASE and her research interests in general.
I am French and completed most of my studies at the University of Strasbourg, where I obtained my Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences in September 2015. My work there was threefold: 1) to assess the releases of TiO2 ENMs from a production plant to water and soil, 2) to study ENM behaviour in river water through laboratory experiments and 3) to model their ecotoxicological impacts and risks to the local aquatic ecosystem.
I am now a postdoctoral researcher at EMPA in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where I work full time on the NanoFASE project. I am involved with WP4 (Identification and quantification of ENM releases from nano-enabled products). My goal is to provide a model for estimating the releases of engineered nanomaterials from the different stages of their life cycle (production, manufacturing, use, end-of-life) to various environmental compartments. Special emphasis will be placed on the recycling flows, which have presently high uncertainties in the current state of knowledge. To deal with these uncertainties, the model developed will include probabilistic and stochastic features. The end result will provide the masses and forms in which nanomaterials are released from each stage of their life cycle.
Apart from environmental risks of pollutants and ecology in general, I am very interested in cooking (and growing food), hiking, traveling… And to continue discovering the world, one piece at a time!