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FENOMENO Project Kick-Off

Researchers of the University of Siegen investigate in the ERA-Net SIINN project "FENOMENO" the impact of nanomaterials on the environment.


In sunscreen and functional sportswear one finds more than the human eye still can see: Small particles, so-called nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are tiny (smaller than 100 nm [Nanoparticles are particles with a diameter smaller than 100 nm; 1 nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a typical human hair is thousand times thicker than a nanoparticle with 100 nm diameter.]) and may be found in many products that are commonplace and used sometimes even on a daily basis. During normal use, e.g. during washing, these nanoparticles find their way into household waste water and hence via waste water treatment plants into the environment. But what has happened to the nanoparticles on their passage? Are the particles altered by the waste water treatment and what does this mean for our environment and our health? Researchers of the University of Siegen tackle these and related questions in the framework of the project "FENOMENO" (Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems).


FENOMENO is a European project located in the ERA-NET SIINN programme (http://www.siinn.eu), coordinated by Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr (University Siegen) and be jointly executed with Prof. Dr. Christian Schlechtriem of the Fraunhofer Institute IME (Schmallenberg, Germany), the Research Institute for Limnology of the University of Innsbruck at the lake Mondsee (Austria) and the University Aveiro (Portugal). National funding comes from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The 36 month project started on April 1st 2015 and receives in total more than 1.1 million Euros funding. From the School of Science and Technology of the University of Siegen (Faculty IV) specialists from the fields of chemistry, biology, informatics and ethics participate in FENOMENO. The interaction between these different Departments within the School of Science and Technology renders the highly multidisciplinary research project feasible...........


The complete press release can be accessed via the following Link http://www.uni-siegen.de/presse/press_releases/635585.html


More information on the FENOMENO project, the involved partners, goals and achievements
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