Mittwoch, 01. Dezember 2021, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

ERN-Environmental Engaments: talks

Thilo Hofmann "Nano in Plant Agriculture: Risks and Opportunities"



About the talk:

Professor Hofmann´s talk will address natural (NPs), engineered (ENPs) and microplastic(nano) particles (NMPs). The production and use of industrial, agricultural and consumer products leads to the emission of emerging pollutants into the environment such as ENPs and NMPs. Concerns arise over the possibility that ENPs and NMPs might pose a threat to the environment, including drinking water and food supplies. Investigations of ENPs and NMPs are still hampered by the absence of suitable analytical methods that are capable of detecting and quantifying them in complex matrices and at very low concentrations. This knowledge is urgently needed for risk assessment and regulation. Even though many concepts have been developed in nanogeosciences for the fate of natural particles, they are sometimes overlooked for ENPs and NMPs. This talk will address specific aspects concerning the detection and fate of nanoparticles, including natural, engineered and microplastic(nano)particles. It will focus on analytical concepts and knowledge from nanogeoscience, which might be also important to NMPs research. It will address the state of knowledge of using nanotechnology in plant agriculture, and address risks from increasing plastic pollution at agricultural sites.


About the speaker:

Since 2005 Thilo Hofmann has been Full Professor for Environmental Geosciences at the University of Vienna. His group works in nanogeosciences, environmental impact of nanotechnology, investigates trace contaminants and sorption to carbonaceous materials and microplastic. In 2017 he was appointed Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (US). In 2018 he was honored as Guest Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Engineering at Nankai University, Tianjin (China). Hofmann is director of the University of Vienna's Environmental Research Network, which he established in 2014; the network includes more than 230 scientists from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, law, and economics, aiming to tackle today’s environmental challenges.


Language: English


When: 01.12.2021, 17:00-18:30 (45 min Talk, 45 min Q&A)


Where: Zoom [ ; Meeting-ID: 961 6529 8904, Kenncode: 714436] - no registration required

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Forschungsnetzwerk Umwelt / Environmental Research Network


Judith Mühlbacher
Forschungsnetzwerk Umwelt / Environmental Research Network