Bachelor/Master thesis Isolation of nanoplastics from environmental samples

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research - AWI - Helmholtz Association

Bremerhaven, Germany

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Job description:

Bachelor/Master thesis
Isolation of nanoplastics from environmental samples

Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Helgoland

The topic of microplastics has increasingly moved into the focus of research and the public. Various studies demonstrate that plastic particles of a few micrometres in diameter are already ubiquitous in the environment. Far less examined is the even smaller fraction of particles with sizes below 1 µm, so-called nanoplastics. One of the reasons for this is the need for developing reliable methods to isolate these particles from environmental samples and prepare them for analysis, for example by nano-FTIR spectroscopy. Nano-FTIR is a young technology that combines atomic force microscopy and infrared spectroscopy to achieve nanoscale resolution in polymer analytics. In this project, we will test and evaluate different treatments known from microplastics isolation and evaluate other methods for nanoparticle purification with the aim of finding the best conditions for identifying nanoplastics from different environmental sample matrices.

We are looking for a master student of chemistry, environmental chemistry, nano sciences or environmental sciences.

You are interested? Then please send us your application by e-mail to:

Dr. Michaela Meyns (

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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15092797