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Martina Vijver

Associate professor

Dr.ing. M.G. Vijver
+31 71 527 1487

Martina has expertise is in the field of ecotoxicology. An important milestone in her research career is that fact that she received a VIDI grant (2014) from NWO. The focus is on nano-ecotoxicology.

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Leader of the research line "Chemical stressors and impacts on biodiversity"

Brief summary of research over the last years

My expertise is in the field of ecotoxicology. An important milestone in my research career is that fact that I received a VIDI grant (2014) from NWO. The focus is on nano-ecotoxicology. 
The nanotoxicological research field is new, multidisciplinairy and moves fast both a scientific perspective, the policy that will be developed and at the production perspective where many different NPs have been and will be manufactured rapidly. I believe that NPs give new solutions in many different branches, e.g. biomedical and technical, and I am very positive on this. Nevertheless, I am aware of unwarranted side-effects and my ambition is to create a scientific understanding on the potential risks that can occur. 
Another milestone is the NWO ASPASIA grant (2013) that I received to quantify joint effects of mixtures of chemicals with low concentrations on aquatic communities. In this project I collect data and develop models in order to answer the research question: “how can we quantitatively predict the ecological effects on aquatic communities of low, individually non-toxic concentrations of both chemical dissolved molecules and particles that co-occur in the field?” 
And earlier in my career I achieve the VENI-grant (2008) from NWO in which I aimed to quantify metal-induced ecological effects in the field. In this research I gathered knowledge on the mechanisms underlying such effects, accounting for explicit field parameters to improve predictive effect models by incorporating bioavailability.   
My research is broad in nature, but concentrates around the impacts of physical and chemical stressors on biodiversity, with a focus on unraveling effect mechanisms. Apart from science, I am projectleader of several projects in which we advise policymakers. Examples of valorization of scientific results to the larger public are our websites  www.pnecpro.com and  www.bestrijdingsmiddelenatlas.nl.

Supervisor in dissertations, co-promotor of PhD-students

Period               PhD student   Project title
2016-2020 N. Brun Development of AOP for metallic nanoparticles
2015-2019 G.Pallas Life Cycle Analysis and Cost Analysis of nanowires in Photovoltaic Cells including environmental risks
2015-2019 S.H. Barmentlo Impact of chemical induced effects on aquatic communities in the field
2015-2019 Y. Zhai Determining the fate and exposure of nanoparticles to organisms, mimicing the natural system, so-called field conditions
2014-2018  M. van Pomeren  Ecophysiological and morphological traits explaining sensitivity and uptake mechanisms for metal-based nanoparticles
2013-2017 Y. Xiao Dosimetry issues – experimental verification to aquatic invertebrate species
2013-2017 G.Chen Development of QSAR models to predict NP effects


  • Roel Heutink is working as techician in the research group.
  • Wouter Veneman is working as a technical research assistant. His main research focus is on detecting nanoparticles in zebrafish embryos.
  • Ellard Hunting is an aquatic ecologist working as post doc. His main research focus is on dispersion constrains of macrofauna in the field.
  • Jan Baas is a theoretical modeller and works as (guest) post doc. His main research focus is on chemical mixtures and field effects.

Succesfully completed PhD-candidates

Period  PhD student      Project title
Finished 2015 J. Hua Determining the most appropriate dose metrics for evaluating dose-response relationships of metal-based nanoparticles to Zebrafish embryos
Finished 2015 Y. Liu Quantifying the toxicity of mixtures of metals and metal-based nanoparticles to higher plants
Finished 2015 O. Ieromina Effects of pesticides on aquatic macrofauna in the field
Finished 2015 L. Song Towards understanding the toxicity of copper nanoparticles in aquatic ecosystems
Finished 2014 H. Qiu Quantitative modelling of the response of earthworms to metals
Finished 2013 A.J.Verschoor The power of biotic ligand models : site-specific impact of metals on aquatic communities
Finished 2012 T.T. Yen Le Bioaccumulation and toxicity predictions of metals following the Biotic Ligand Modelling and the Electrostatic Toxicity Model

Associate professor

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden
  • CML/Conservation Biology

Work address

Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A304



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