Technologies for the Risk Assessment of MicroPlastics (TRAMP)

The presence and effects of plastics in the aquatic environment have raised considerable concerns over the past years. Governmental agencies, water managers, food safety authorities and plastic producers face uncertainties with respect to abundance and effects of plastics in the environment, which hampers the development of sustainable solutions and feeds alarm within the public opinion. This project aims at (a) developing technologies to detect nano- and microplastics in freshwater environmental samples, (b) developing technologies to assess fate, hazards and effects of plastic in the freshwater environment including the possible abatement options, and (c) providing a prognostic assessment of the present and future risks of plastic in the Dutch freshwater environment. The novel detection and transport modelling technologies will be utilised for monitoring purposes as defined in national and international regulatory frameworks. They will also be used to identify sources of plastic in order to optimize emission reduction policies. The assessment of fate, effects and risk will assist sustainable production of plastics and will inform policymakers and the public on the urgency of the problem.

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 13940
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Universiteit Utrecht - Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum
  • Projectleider / Project leader: prof. dr. A.A. Koelmans - Wageningen Universiteit & Researchcentrum – Omgevingswetenschappen - Aquatisch Ecologie & Waterkwaliteitsbeheer (AEW)
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend 
  • Startdatum / Start date: 1-09-2015
  • Einddatum / End date: 31-03-2020
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Analytische chemie


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