Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

UUNIOZ_I-NANO

Unraveling the impact of iron nanoparticles on ocean biogeochemistry (I-NANO)

When many of us hear the word ‘nanomaterials’ they think of high-tech industry. However, nanomaterials are critical components in the Earth system’s past, present and future characteristics and behaviour. Nanomaterials have been present since the origin of our planet. One of the major contributors of nanomaterials to our oceans are hydrothermal vents systems. Within the I-NANO project, Peter Kraal (NIOZ) and Oliver Plümper(UU) will step into uncharted territory and explore the world of vent nanomaterials, their role on supplying key trace metals to oceans and whether or not these nanomaterials have unique catalytic capabilities that may have a major influence on biogeochemical processes.

Black smoker. Photo: MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen (CC-BY 4.0)

Joint research

This project is part of the joint research of Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research concerning the functioning of (coastal) seas and oceans.  Pairs of scienists will carry out interdisciplinary research into pressing scientific and societal issues that tie in with the strategic themes of both organisations. In addition to the Faculties of Science and Geosciences, also the Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance, and Veterinary Medicine of the UU are involved. The projects are part of the agreement to intensify the collaboration UU-NIOZ (2016-2025), funded by UU.

Project information

Research leaders 
Dr. Peter Kraal (NIOZ)
Dr. Oliver Plümper (Utrecht University)

Theme 
Ocean of Discovery

UU-NIOZ project page
For more information on this project and other UU-NIOZ projects, visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Meet the team
Below you find the NIOZ employee(s) working in this team. For a complete overview including Utrecht University team members visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Project information
Linked department:
Funder:
Utrecht University
Duration:
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
Partner
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Meet the team

 
Kraal, Peter
Senior Scientist

Linked projects

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Supervisor
Karline Soetaert
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
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Supervisor
Rob Witbaard
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Sea-level relationships
Supervisor
Paolo Stocchi
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_How changes in gut microbiome may increase resilience against climate change
Supervisor
Jan van Gils
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_The role of Marine Flavobacteria
Supervisor
Pierre Offre
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Harmful Algal Blooms
Supervisor
Laura Villanueva
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Unravelling seasonal dust-induced productivity changes in the Mediterranean Sea
Supervisor
Jan-Berend Stuut
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_The origin and diversification of eukaryotic metabolisms
Supervisor
Anja Spang
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Calcification: Global Impact of a Microscopic Process
Supervisor
Lennart de Nooijer
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Using isotopic indicators
Supervisor
Marcel van der Meer
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Cascading effects of sea-level rise on intertidal ecosystems
Supervisor
Allert Bijleveld
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Nanoplastics pollution in the Ocean
Supervisor
Helge Niemann
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Hydrothermal vent fields
Supervisor
Sabine Gollner
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Turning the tide
Supervisor
Andi Haas
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Smile, you're on camera
Supervisor
Dick van Oevelen
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_The intermittency of large-scale ocean mixing
Supervisor
Sjoerd Groeskamp
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_The impact of atmospheric noise on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning circulation
Supervisor
Femke de Jong
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Defending our coast: Facilitating coastal ecosystems to respond to sea level rise
Supervisor
Johan van de Koppel
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_The role of the aviant nutrient pump for back-barrier island dynamics
Supervisor
Kees Camphuijsen
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Builders on the beach
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
UUNIOZ_Greenland fjords as gateways between the ice sheet and the ocean
Supervisor
Lorenz Meire
Funder
Utrecht University
Project duration
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025