• Emerging technologies for risk assessment

     Professor Frank MARTIN    Lancaster Environment Centre

    Professor of Biological Chemistry

    Research Interests
    The main focus of my research is directed towards characterising factors governing susceptibility of epithelial-cell populations to the DNA-damaging (genotoxic) events that occur during the initiation and promotion of cancer. I am especially interested in the aetiology of sporadic breast and prostate cancer. Strong epidemiological evidence suggests that environmental and/or dietary factors play a significant role in the causation of these gender-associated cancers. To this end I am especially interested in the DNA-damage mechanism of action of DNA-reactive carcinogens and how this may inter-relate with the effects of endocrine-active agents. This involves the use of short-term genotoxicity assays, quantitative gene expression analyses (especially of hormone-associated metabolising enzymes), infrared micro-spectroscopy, immunohistochemistry and other cell toxicity studies. Of course, several of these experimental platforms are readily translatable to an ecotoxicological platform.

  • Brief of Prof. Frank MARTIN

  • Analytical Ecotoxicology

     Professor Marie-Claire HENNION   ESCPI – Area of major interest "Analytical Chemistry from concept to systems"  

    Research interests
    The laboratory "Analytical Sciences, Bioanalytical and miniaturization" at ESPCI is specialized in the set up of new multimode separation methods for analyzing very complex samples, to the design of new selective extraction phases for trace analysis in complex matrices and bioanalytical methods for in situ monitoring. These recent years, emphasis was put on miniaturized techniques.

    Coordination with Xavier Vitart of the new launched "DIM Analytics" (analytical challenges, from the concept to the system) which is a network of around 50 teams working in all the various fields of analytical chemistry in Ile-de-France. The main objective is to profit from the most recent technological progresses in nanosciences, miniaturization, biotechnologies, communication sciences,… which offers many prospects for innovation to develop new methods that are more adapted to the actual societal demand (more rapid, multiplex, cost-effective, analysis from drop of samples, environmentally friendly, easy-to-use on site, ...). Priority topics for innovation are advanced separation methods for complex samples, trace and ultratrace analysis, in situ and in vivo analysis, remote analysis, surface analysis, nanometric characterization, miniaturization and lab-on-chip, mass spectrometry and imagery, data analysis. Analytical toxicology is targeted in each topic.

     Xavier VITART PhD

    Graduate from Ecole Centrale de Paris, PhD in chemistry,

    Deputy Director at CEA (french Atomic Energy Commission) in Saclay

    CEA Director of  Research in Analytical Chemistry

    Co-Coordinator of the DIM Analytics


    Skills: analytical chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, radio-chemistry, tracers applications (mass transfert caracterization, in the field of industry and Environment).


    Research and development activities in the field of Eco-Toxicity: radioactive waste management, migration of radionuclides, of pollutants, in saturated and insaturated geological media, analytical developments in the field of trace and ultra trace analysis and speciation.

  • Presentation of "Analytical Ecotoxicology"

  • Environmental fate of pesticides & other organic contam.

    Dr Crispin HALSALL     Lancaster Environment Centre

    Reader in Environmental Organic Chemistry

    Research Interests
    My research investigates the atmospheric occurrence, behaviour and degradation of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) including semi-persistent pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
    I have a particular interest in the fate of these chemicals in cold environments such as the Arctic, and the processes that control chemical fate in both 'standard' and 'non-standard' environments.

  • Brief of Dr Crispin HALSALL

  • Transfer of micro-pollutants in air and water

    Professor Rémi LOSNO LISA (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques)

    Research Interests
    I work on the chemistry of transition metals (eg. Fe, Mn, Co) and heavy metals like mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb) in the atmosphere and its interface with the continental and oceanic ecosystems. I use this resource for the best analytical chemistry of trace elemental (ICP-AES and ICP-MS, XRF) in a clean room. I focus particularly on the European continent for aspects of pollution and the Southern Ocean for its impact on the carbon cycle.

  • Prof. Rémi LOSNO

  • An extract of the previous OPEN FORUM in Lancaster (10.11.2012)

  • Emerging pollutants and regulation

    Dr Andy SWEETMAN     Lancaster Environment Centre

    Reasearch Fellow

    Research Interests
    Andy’s areas of expertise include on the development of models to aid understanding of the fate and behaviour of chemicals in complex environments and to predict environmental and human exposure. Current research interests include the development of passive devices to measure atmospheric pollutants and pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in water effluents.

  • Brief of Dr Andy SWEETMAN


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