This proposal aims to support the collaboration of leading researchers to study endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), with the broad aim of supporting the development of dynamic world-class human resources in the European research system. The proposal consists of a scientific project and scientific and complimentary training. The scientific project aims to develop cross flow ultra-filtration (CFUF) for assessing the interactions of EDCs and colloids in aquatic systems. The key objectives are: To develop and validate a multi-stage CFUF system suitable for aquatic colloid isolation; To refine sampling and analytical methods for EDCs in water and particulate samples; To examine the recovery of chosen EDCs through the CFUF under laboratory condition; To conduct fieldwork by separating EDCs into particulate, colloidal and dissolved phases; To characterise the aquatic colloids in order to better understand the formation of EDC-colloid complexes; To predict the transport and fate of EDCs in aquatic systems using a multi-phase (dissolved-colloid-particulate) model.
The fellow will receive scientific training to acquire further practical skills in environmental investigations and data analyses; to design, conduct and report on cutting edge research on EDCs; to operate modern instruments; and to develop pollution transport models. Complementary training will involve the fellow learning and practising transferable skills, e.g. presentation, project management and grant application, as part of his career development plan. The objectives will be achieved through careful planning and management of the fellowship. The proposed scientific project is timely and appropriate methodology has been established. Novel and state-of-the-art techniques will be used. The supervisors and the fellow have relevant expertises. Regular meetings will be held to ensure progress. The fellow is expected to become a fully independent researcher by the end of the fellowship.
Field of science
- /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
- /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
- /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
- /natural sciences/physical sciences/condensed matter physics/soft matter physics
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