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Nanoparticles: Characterization and Environmental Risk Assessment

Advanced Trainning Workshop

Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

May 9-13, 2011
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This one-week post-graduate workshop aims to provide knowledge on the Environmental Risk Assessment of Nanoparticles, their Chemistry and Geochemistry, including aspects related with synthesis and environmental detection. Moreover, emphasis will be put on the implications of environmental conditions to the fate and bioavailability of nanoparticles. The course is addressed to scientists and PhD and M.Sc. students with a background in Biology, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental engineering or related fields, members of consulting companies and of private and public institutions responsible for environmental management.

Lecture Topics

  • Nanoparticles

        * Synthesis Approaches

        * Characterization Methods

        * Detection in the Environment

        * Laboratory: preparation of goldnanoparticles and UV characterization

  • Geochemical Considerations

        * Effect of water chemistry on

            - Aggregation and settling

            - Dissolution

        * Surface reactions (sorption)

  • Role of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in Environmental Behavior NOM-nanoparticle interactions Environmental Transport

  • Bioavailability

  • Impact of Released Metals

        * Biotic Ligand Model for dissolved metals

  • Materials Characterization Necessary for Environmental Fate and Effects Research

  • Influence of Particle Characteristics on Nanoparticle Toxicity

        * Laboratory: Assessment of toxicity of gold nanoparticles to aquatic organisms

    This course will comprise a combination of lectures and practical work in which hands-on experience will be gained and case studies will be presented and discussed.