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Human exposure to microplastics

Aims to (a) develop a human exposure probabilistic modelling framework for MP (b) build a PBPK biodistribution model for the human body, and (c) collect data for scenario analyses and validation.


Plastics Europe, Cefic

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Global probabilistic modelling of microplastic transport

Aims to (a) model fragmentation and fate of microplastics, (b) plastic-associated pathogen transport  and (c) microplastic risks on the global scale, including sensitivity and uncertainty in these models.

Wageningen University and Research

& China Scholarship Council

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Microplastic volume

Aims to (a) evaluate the existing strategies for microplastics volume estimates from 2D images and (b) develop new models for the 2D-3D translation.


Sapienza University of Rome

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Developing MP spectroscopic methods

Aims to develop a robust and high accuracy method to detect nano- and microplastic in environmental samples.

Wageningen University and Research


Microplastic in wastewater, surface and drinking water

Aims to (a) characterize how wastewater technologies affect microplastic emissions in surface waters, (b) quantify microplastic abundance in different water types and biota samples for human consumption.

Collaboration with Tsinghua University


Modelling the fate, exposure and risks of microplastics

Aims to (a) develop a harmonized microplastic emission model, (b) a multimedia fate and transport model, (c) a spatiotemporal riverine microplastic transport model, and (d) make a risk assessment for policy makers.



A JPI Oceans Microplastics Research Project

Aims to (a) improve quantification nano- and microplastics in oceans and seas, (b) develop in situ techniques and methods to improve efficacy and efficiency of microplastic monitoring.

JPI Oceans


Microplastic food web accumulation

Aims to (a) determine the microplastic affinity for chemical contaminants in the Norwegian coastal area, (b) study the food web transfer of MP contaminants from zooplankton to cod larvae and, (c) study maternal transfer from cod broodstocks to larvae.


NRC (Norwegian Research Council)

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Chemical BIOavailability from Nano- and microplastIC

Aims to (a) evaluate the chemical dynamics during digestion of plastic and food, (b) assess sorption behaviour of hydrophobic organic contaminants on plastic, (c) assess human exposure to microplastic, (d) provide a prospective assessment on chemical vector effect.

Wageningen University and Research

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Microplastic Effect Thresholds for Aquatic Species

Aims to (a) provide rational guidance on testing methods for MP, (b) assess effect thresholds for aquatic organisms, (c) understand factors influencing effect thresholds, (d) provide guidance for environmental hazard and risk assessment.



Technologies for the Risk Assessment of Microplastic

Aims at developing technologies (a) to detect nano- and microplastics in environmental samples, (b) to assess fate, hazards and effects in the freshwater environment, and (c) to provide prospective present and future risk assessments.


NWO (Netherlands Research Council)


Fate and effects of nano- and microplastic (marine)

Aims to investigate (a) nano- and microplastic pollution of the marine habitat, (b) bioaccumulation of plastic and associated chemicals by marine organisms, (c) effects of plastic ingestion, (d) risks of food web transfer of MP.

Wageningen University and Research

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