• Project No 4101
  • Project Name Understanding the interaction of engineered nanomaterials, organic matter and micropollutants
  • Lead Organisation National Measurement Institute
  • Research Lead University of Queensland
  • Main Researcher Elissa O'Malley
  • Completion Year 2013

Project Description

The increasing use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in consumer products has created concern about their fate and effect in the environment. Cosmetics and textiles may release ENMs during their life cycle, which can make their way into waterways often via discharge from wastewater treatment plants. This project assessed the toxicity of nano titanium dioxide and fullernes to green algae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata in the presence or organic matter, including treated wastewater effluent and humic acid.

Honours Thesis completed by Elissa O’Malley in October 2013.