This proposed research will address the urged need to study the physicochemical and biological behavior of engineered nanoparticles in marine ecosystem. This project will serve as a start-up project to generate enough data for peer-reviewed articles, master and PhD theses. In addition to producing data, the project also aims to describe key process involved in the interactions of ENPs and marine ecosystem. Such knowledge will be indispensable for environmental managers to risk assess ENPs in marine areas.

The results from this project are expected to give up many benefits to the HCMR in terms of enhanced scientific knowledge and will help to built up a well established research team in this new and exciting research area, and be strong candidates for outside funding. With two MSc and two post-doc students and one technician there is a strong recruitment component in this project. A large proportion of the total resources applied for will actually go towards funding those candidates.