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Environmental Nanoscience - Understanding the impacts of nanomaterial eco-corona formation on toxicity and working towards a Brazil-EU nanosafety research e-infrastructure

Grant number: 18/25140-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Diego Stéfani Teodoro Martinez
Grantee:Diego Stéfani Teodoro Martinez
Host Investigator: Iseult Lynch
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Birmingham, England  
Associated research grant:14/50906-9 - INCT 2014: in Functional Complex Materials, AP.TEM


Understanding the interactions of nanomaterials with environmental and biological systems is essential for the safe innovation and responsible development of nanotechnology. In this direction, nano(eco)toxicity assessment, nanoinformatics and the regulation of nanomaterials are priority areas in the Brazil-EU Science & Technology cooperation roadmap (2018-2020). The aims of this visiting research project at the University of Birmingham (UoB) are: (1) to study the interaction of nanomaterials with natural organic matter isolated from Brazilian tropical soils and soil-biochar systems by performing analytical excellence characterization; (2) to evaluate the impacts of nanomaterial eco-corona formation on toxicity of nanomaterials in the Daphnia magna model, focusing on co-exposure protocols with other pollutants and metabolomics; and (3) to collaborate with the NanoCommons H2020 platform for developing a Brazil-EU nanosafety research e-infrastructure to support in silico toxicity assessment and nanoinformatics. Eco-coronas, Brazilian tropical soils, and sugarcane bagasse biochar are therefore key strategic and innovative systems in this scientific cooperation. Additionally, a nanomaterial library developed by UoB Environmental Nanoscience group will be utilized during this research cooperation for establishment of systematic nanomaterial structure-activity (effect) correlations. Finally, the execution of this project will contribute to the advancement of fundamental issues in environmental health and nanosafety research, promoting international cooperation towards open transnational access of harmonized nano-protocols, experimental data and safety-by-design approaches.

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MARTINEZ, DIEGO STEFANI T.; DA SILVA, GABRIELA H.; DE MEDEIROS, ALINE MARIA Z.; KHAN, LATIF U.; PAPADIAMANTIS, ANASTASIOS G.; LYNCH, ISEULT. Effect of the Albumin Corona on the Toxicity of Combined Graphene Oxide and Cadmium to Daphnia magna and Integration of the Datasets into the NanoCommons Knowledge Base. NANOMATERIALS, v. 10, n. 10, . (19/07058-0, 18/25140-3)
REILLY, KATIE; ELLIS, LAURA-JAYNE A.; DAVOUDI, HOSSEIN HAYAT; SUPIAN, SUFFEIYA; MAIA, MARCELLA T. T.; SILVA, GABRIELA H. H.; GUO, ZHILING; MARTINEZ, DIEGO STEFANI T.; LYNCH, ISEULT. Daphnia as a model organism to probe biological responses to nanomaterials-from individual to population effects via adverse outcome pathways. FRONTIERS IN TOXICOLOGY, v. 5, p. 21-pg., . (18/25140-3)
MARTINEZ, DIEGO STEFANI T.; ELLIS, LAURA-JAYNE A.; DA SILVA, GABRIELA H.; PETRY, ROMANA; MEDEIROS, ALINE M. Z.; DAVOUDI, HOSSEIN HAYAT; PAPADIAMANTIS, ANASTASIOS G.; FAZZIO, ADALBERTO; AFANTITIS, ANTREAS; MELAGRAKI, GEORGIA; et al. Daphnia magna and mixture toxicity with nanomaterials - Current status and perspectives in data-driven risk prediction. NANO TODAY, v. 43, p. 37-pg., . (18/25140-3, 19/07058-0)

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