I am a soil ecotoxicologist working at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research. I am specialized in assessing the environmental fate of metallic nanoparticles in soils and conducting ecotoxicity tests required for the environmental risk assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials. Amongst others I am working with the characterization of nanomaterials (TEM, SEM/EDX, DLS, ultrafiltration and chemical extractions coupled to elemental analysis) and operate the robotized incubation system with GC-FID/EDC/TCD, used to describe microbial metabolism and effects of environmental pollutants on soil microorganisms.
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) is a national R&D institute under the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The main areas of competence are linked to food quality and safety, environmental protection and natural resources management. International collaboration is given high priority. NIBIO has a staff of about 700, with an annual turnover of ca. 85 M€. The Environment and Climate Division, with a scientific staff of approx. 60 persons, are specialized in research on fate and impact of environmental pollutants, including ecotoxicology, hazard assessment and soil remediation.
NIBIO has well equipped research laboratories including analytical chemistry instrumentation (LC-MS/MS, LC-HRMS, GC-MS/MS), climate controlled rooms, continuous cultures of test organisms (earthworms and collembolans), laminar flow cabinet, centrifuges, incubators, light microscopes, RT-PCR, state-of-the-art robotized incubators for studying anaerobic soil processes (GC-ECD/TCD/FID/NOA). In addition, nanoparticle characterization instrumentation is available on Campus Ås (NMBU), including electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), dynamic light scattering, Asymmetrical Flow Field Flow Fractionation.
My major interests are in the area of environmental fate of nanomaterials, with particular emphasis in processes occurring in terrestrial environments and functional ecotoxicity tests.
Published February 13, 2011