Research project: Silver nanoparticles
Silver nanoparticle presence and toxicity in Sundarban wetland, India
This is a collaborative research project, funded by UKIERI, between researchers at IIE, Edinburgh University (research group of Dr Blanca Antizar-Ladislao), UK and Calcutta University, India (research group of Dr Santosh Sarkar).
Silver nanoparticles are being increasingly released into the environment, which is a concern due to their anti-microbial properties.
The aim is to investigate presence of silver nanoparticles in the Sundarban wetland and the toxicity of such particles to the marine eco-system.
The research involves developing extraction methods of the silver nanoparticles from the sediments to allow analysis using spICP-MS. The method development using spICP-MS is carried in collaboration with Geert Cornelis at Gothenburgh University and Margaret Graham, Edinburgh University.