Caring about the future

Exposure and bioaccumulation assessment of novel anti-fouling nanomaterials in marine organisms from temperate and tropical waters
Coordinator - Roberto Carlos Domingues Martins
Programme - Cooperação Científica e Tecnológica FCT/CAPES
Execution dates - 2018-05-01 - 2020-04-30 (24 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia; CAPES - Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
Funding for CESAM - 4500 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (Brasil)
Universidade Federal de Sergipe (Brasil)

Project Description

Marine biofouling is a global problem with massive economic and environmental costs. This project aims to carry out an integrative assessment of the fate, behaviour and toxicity of an innovative anti-fouling nanoadditive, developed by the company Smallmatek, Lda. that offers high performance solutions to tackle corrosion and biofouling. Thus, the project intends to assess the environmental fate and behaviour (Task 1), exposure effects (Task 2) and bioaccumulation and biomagnification trends along the temperate and tropical marine trophic chains (Task 3), induced by the encapsulated and free biocides. The most relevant data will be disseminated in congresses and published in ISI journals. The project will contribute to: a) reinforce the institutional relationships between institutions; b) promote the mobility and qualification of young researchers; (c) promote best industrial practices (e.g. safe by design strategies) and the blue growth; and d) respond to current societal challenges.

CESAM members on this project
Maria Pavlaki

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020