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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

Corin Liddle


Corin's Project: NanoFATE – Nanomaterial fate, transport, behaviour and bioavailability/toxicity in the environment

Nanotechnology is involved in the production of many mainstream consumer products, as well as industrial processes and medicine. Given the widespread use of nanomaterials in so many applications their release (whether accidental or intentional) into the environment is inevitable.

At this point it is still unclear where these nanomaterials will end up in the environment and how much of a threat they may pose. Corin's project aims to provide the first comprehensive study on the assessment of the fate and behaviour of nanomaterials in aquatic/sedimentary systems.

In order to address this aim, Corin's work will involve practical experiments assessing the flocculant  and dissolution behaviour of specific nanomaterials in “natural” hydraulic-sediment-ecology systems. In addition, the research will also involve conducting bioavailability/toxicity assessments of these nanomaterials and assessing what forms of manufactured nanomaterials may be considered more hazardous to the environment.

Due to the prolific use of silver nanoparticles in consumer products, these particles are the main study focus of this work. 


Teresa Fernandes (SLS, Heriot-Watt University)

Heather Haynes (SBE, Heriot-Watt University)

Alan Cuthbertson (SBE, Heriot-Watt University) 

Project Funder

Heriot-Watt University, James Watt Scholarship


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Location:                          School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS