Building bridges between specialists on computational and empirical risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials

Przemysław Jurczak (UG) in National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba

DSCN2102Thanks to the NanoBRIDGES project I had an amazing opportunity to spent three months (15.07.2014-13.10.2014) in National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba (Japan). The goal of my project was to determine the level of toxicity of various nanomaterials against E. Coli bacterial cells.

The toxicity level determination was possible thanks to minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and inhibition zone tests. Tested nanomaterials were based on Ti2O and doped with such elements as silver, gold, platinum and palladium. It appears that from among ninety tested nanomaterials those containing silver show the highest probability of toxicity occurrence. 

My stay at NIES was a great opportunity to familiarize myself with working in international scientific environment and extend my language skills. It also allowed me to broaden my knowledge in the field of nanomaterials and microbiology.

The scientific development was however not the only thing that I brought home from Japan. During my stay there I met wonderful people who I hope to stay friends with for as long as possible and saw amazing places which I will not forget until the end of my life. From my journey to Japan I brought a set of wonderful memories which I would not exchange for anything in the world.


University of Gdansk
Faculty of Chemistry
ul. Wita Stwosza 63
80-952 Gdansk

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