Eawag, Switzerland

Tentative title: The path of microplastics to the environment: fate and transport in wastewater treatment systems

Denise Mitrano is a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) in the Process Engineering Department. She obtained her PhD in Geochemistry from Colorado School of Mines (USA) in 2012 while developing methods to measure trace levels of metallic nanomaterials in complex matrices. Through her postdoctoral work at Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science in Technology), she further investigated metallic nanomaterial release from products and subsequent transformations through their entire life cycle (production, manufacturing, use, disposal, environmental fate) both in the laboratory and using materials flow modeling. In 2017, she began leading her own research team on particulate plastic, specifically developing plastics (nanoplastics, fibers, microplastics) with a metallic fingerprint that could be more quantitatively tracked in batch and pilot scale studies to better understand plastic environmental fate and biological interactions.