Scientific Committee

Rute Domingos

Susana Loureiro

Ailbhe Macken

Karen Tiede

Geert Cornelis

Lars Duester

Christoph Pagnout

Tommaso Serchi

Yann Sivry

  Dr. Geert Cornelis (MSc Environmental Engineering, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) finished his PhD. dissertation at KULeuven (Belgium) on geochemistry of oxyanion forming metals and metalloids in alkaline wastes. His post-docs where with Mike McLaughlin (University of Adelaide, Australia) on the fate of nanoparticles in natural soils and with Martin Hassellöv (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) on sensitive detection methods for nanoparticles in environmental samples (single-particle ICP-MS, FFF-ICP-MS). He currently researches the fate of nanoparticles and colloid-associated metals in soils at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. He has authored 36 papers, 16 of which on environmental or analytical chemistry of nanomaterials.

   Dr. Rute Domingos was born on October 1979 in Portugal. She had completed the PhD degree in Chemistry (2006) at the University of Algarve, Portugal, specialty of environmental physical chemistry. Currently she is a researcher at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. The post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Montreal, Canada, provided her the knowledge on the evaluation of the transport, fate and bioavailability of nanomaterials under environmentally relevant conditions. The main research interests lies on understanding the biophysicochemistry of environmental systems, primarily aiming at improving our understanding of the dynamic speciation, mobility and bioavailability of environmental contaminants in heterogeneous systems.

  Dr. Lars Duester is an environmental scientist and obtained his PhD in environmental analytical chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In 2010 he joined the Department for Aquatic Chemistry at the Federal Institute of Hydrology. His current research interests are the fate of metal(loid)s in surface waters, soils and sediments. Main areas of interest are the borders between particles/colloids and “dissolved” chemical species, as well as between inorganic and metal(loid) organic species within aquatic interfaces.

 Susana Loureiro is a researcher at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Her research focuses on the effects of emergent chemicals and mixtures in the environment, looking at fate, behaviour and toxicity of nanomaterials. She recently started the Horizon2020 NanoFASE project looking at fate of nanomaterials in the biota. She is member of the NanoFARM ERANET-SIINN consortium where the fate and effects of emergent agrochemicals are long-termed assessed. Susana Loureiro is member of the Advisory Group for Science for Environment Policies of the European Commission DG ENV. She is one of the MC members for Portugal in the COST Action ENTER ES1205.


 Christophe Pagnout is associate professor at the Université de Lorraine (France), Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux (LIEC – CNRS). He obtained a phD in microbiology and molecular genetics in 2005. His research focuses on understanding the effects of chemical stressors (metals, metalloids and metallic nanomaterials) on bacteria in order to better assess the environmental risk. In this framework, he study the micro-organisms at several organizational levels (local, cellular, population and community) using combination of multidisciplinary approaches in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics.


 Dr. Tommaso Serchi is Assosociate R&T at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology within the Environmental Health Group, which is part of Life Cycle Sustainability and Risk Assessment (LISRA) research Unit of Environmental Research and Innovation Department (ERIN). Dr. Serchi has a degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology and obtained a PhD in Medical Biotechnology. He is a trained proteomist and since 2015 he is also an European Registered Toxicologist (ERT). The main research interest of Dr. Serchi is the development of alternative in vitro models for toxicological studies, with a particular focus on nano-toxicology and respiratory toxicology.

  Dr Yann Sivry Associate Professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - Université Paris Diderot since 2010. His activities focus on the study, thanks to stable isotopes, of the transport and transfer processes of metallic elements at natural interfaces, their environmental impact and their speciation (ion, complexes or nanoparticles). He specifically developed stable isotopes methods i) to quantify and characterize the labile fraction of trace elements in geochemical compartments and ii) to trace metals/metallic nanoparticles in natural media.