600,000 euros NWO-TTW grant for research group led by AIMMS researchers

The group led by Marja Lamoree (Environmental Bioanalytical Chemistry) in collaboration with Jeroen Kool (Biomolecular Analysis) receives the grant for the development of a new technology for the identification of harmful substances in the aquatic environment.

10/17/2017 | 4:39 PM

Chemicals of Emerging Concern

The aquatic environment is contaminated with a wide variety of toxic organic substances such as drugs, hormone disruptors and perfluorinated compounds. These substances are found in wastewater, surface water and drinking water sources and are commonly referred to as "Chemicals of Emerging Concern" (CECs). Water boards and drinking water companies face the difficult task to take the removability of a very large number of compounds – often with unknown identity – into account in water purification.

RoutinEDA project

The research project of Lamoree and Kool, the RoutinEDA project, has been honored in the Partnership Programme TTW-STOWA-KWR-TKI Water Technology. The purpose of the project is to develop a new technology for the identification of unknown harmful substances in the aquatic environment. To this end, effect-directed analysis (EDA), using in vitro bioassays to map toxicity in combination with high resolution fractionation and high resolution mass spectrometry will be used. The RoutinEDA project will build on a previously funded project.

The research project starts on November 1, will run for four years and is led by Marja Lamoree (Environmental Bioanalytical Chemistry) in collaboration with Jeroen Kool (Biomolecular Analysis). In addition, Timo Hamers (Environmental Health and Toxicology) is involved in this project. As external partner, Corine Houtman (The Water Laboratory, Haarlem) complements the project consortium. In both AIMMS departments a PhD student will be appointed. The department of Environment & Health will focus on the expansion of the applicability of EDA by deploying a variety of bioassays. Biomolecular Analysis (Department of Chemistry) will focus on further miniaturization of the EDA format.

More information can be found on the STW website.