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
Tenure track Scientist

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