Research Cluster I: Behaviour, exposure and effects of environmental contaminants and nutrients
If we consider Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring (1962) on bio-accumulation of pesticides as one of the founding writings of environmental awareness and science, then this general focus field on the fate and impact of environmental contaminants is arguably one of the cornerstones of our current environmental understanding.
While this research field is characterized by a high scientific complexity, on the one hand, it continues to have a (very) high societal relevance at the same time. Participants in this SENSE Research Cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with clear societal communication.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
chemical speciation, bioavailability, mobility, uptake and eco(toxico)logical risk assessment of nutrients and micropollutants
developing and testing of new analytical and measurement techniques
risk-based toxicity profiling of new pollutants, organic compounds and heavy metals (from molecular level to the thermodynamic macroscopic scale and field scale)
We welcome experts in the field of environmental contaminants and nutrients to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
To read more about the SENSE research clusters in general, click HERE.