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Isotopic fingerprints solutions to environmental studies: a new company for technological innovation and consulting specialized in source identification, discrimination and tracing of pollutants in the environment using isotopes

Grant number: 17/15860-6
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: January 01, 2019 - September 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Carlos Eduardo Souto de Oliveira
Grantee:Carlos Eduardo Souto de Oliveira
Host Company:Environ Finger Solutions Consultoria em Soluções Ltda
CNAE: Pesquisa e desenvolvimento experimental em ciências físicas e naturais
City: Osasco
Associated researchers: Daniel Ferreira Araújo ; Dominik Jakob Weiss ; Marly Babinski ; Veridiana Teixeira de Souza Martins
Associated scholarship(s):18/26322-8 - Isotopic fingerprints to solve environmental problems: a company of technological innovation and consulting specialized to identify, characterize, discriminate and tracing polluting sources in the environment with the use of isotopes, BP.PIPE


Environmental pollution is a topic of great concern to several sectors of society and is directly linked to efforts improving public health and combating climate. Gradually improving environmental legislation in Brazil and other countries in South America, has led industries to review their emission processes and to remediate contaminated areas by their activities. Identifying the pollutant sources and developing approaches and techniques to achieve are fundamental to pin point the responsible industries. Using isotopic fingerprinting has proven very successful and is based on the distinct isotopic compositions of different pollutant sources. This approach is well established with Pb and Sr isotopes and new isotope systems for other metals such as Zn and Cu are being developed in research. The isotopic compositions of these elements are measured by multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). To date, no company in Brazil offers consultancy or conducts research in the area of metal isotopes and source tracing and only selected research centers provide Pb, Sr, Zn and Cu isotopic analysis. As a consequence, there are few specialists in this area, and environmental professionals know little about this powerful approach. The aim of this project is stablishing a company that provides consulting and research services of isotopic fingerprints to the industries and companies of environmental advising. (AU)

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