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Martina Vijver

Associate professor

Name
Dr.ing. M.G. Vijver
Telephone
+31 71 527 1487
E-mail
vijver@cml.leidenuniv.nl

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.

More information about Martina Vijver

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.

PhD-students of which Martina is co-promotor+ daily supervisor

Period

PhD student

Project title

Funding

2017-2021  

J. Wu

Fate and effect assessment of engineered nanomaterials in terrestrial systems

CSC

2017-2021

Q. Yu

Transfer of engineered nanomaterials in the food chain

CSC

2017-2021

C.F. Blanco

Life Cycle Assessment  and environmental impact assessment of the next generation of c-SI based Tandem Solar cells

EU-H2020

2016-2018

A. Horton

Microplastics emissions distribution and impacts

CEH-UK

2015-2019

G. Pallas

Life Cycle Analysis and Cost Analysis of nanowires in Photovoltaic Cells including environmental risks

EU-H2020

2015-2019

Y. Zhai

Determining the fate and exposure of nanoparticles, mimicking the natural system, so-called field conditions

CSC

2015-2019

S.H. Barmentlo

Impact of chemical induced effects on aquatic communities in the field

NWO

2014-2018

M. van Pomeren

Incorporating traits approach in metal toxicity assessment allowing read across to untested species

NWO

   

Successfull PhD-candidates

Period PhD student Project title Funding

2013-2017

Y. Xiao

Dosimetry issues of metal-based nanoparticles to invertebrates

CSC

2013-2017

G. Chen

Development of QSAR models to predict NP effects

CSC

2011-2015

Y. Liu

Development of a methodology for predicting metal-mixture effects in soil

CSC

2011-2015

J. Hua

Determining dose metrics for size dependence CuNPs to zebrafish embryos

CSC

2010-2014

O. Ieromina

Quantifying field-relevant factors in pesticides effect assessment

EU Marie Curie

2010-2014

L. Song

Metal-NPs: does chemical or physical characteristics matter?

EU Marie Curie

2010-2014

H. Qiu

Development of Biotic Ligand Models for terrestrial species, specific focus on earthworms

CSC

2009-2013

A.J. Verschoor

Optimization and implementation of Biotic Ligand Models in fresh water ecosystems

Deltares

2009-2012

T.T. Yen Le

Bioaccumulation and toxicity predictions of metals following the Biotic Ligand Modelling and the Electrostatic Toxicity Model

Radboud Univ.

   

Other staff 

Period Name Research Funding

2011-2012

C. Eckstein

MSc - Starting nanoparticle fate and response studies

EU Marie Curie

2014-2016

W. Veneman

Technical researcher and analist – imaging techniques

Faculty

2014-2016

E.R.  Hunting

Post doc aquatic ecology

NWO

2015-2018

J. Baas

Post doc theoretical modeller

EU Marie Curie

2016-2019

N.R. Brun

Post doc nano-effects and distribution

NWO VIDI

2016-2017

R. Heutink

Technician lab

Cell Observatory

2016 -2018

E. Baalbergen

Technician and animal care taker

Project funding + UWV

2016-2018

D. Arenas-Lago

Post doc nano fate in water

Galician regional government, Spain

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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