Empa, Switzerland

Tentative title: Modeling the flows and releases of micro- and macroplastics to the environment.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack holds a MSc. (1992) and a PhD (1995) in environmental sciences from ETH Zürich. After research stays at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland, and ETH Zürich, he is leading since 2007 the "Environmental Risk Assessment and Management" group at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich. His research deals with the environmental risks of engineered nanomaterials, nanobiomaterials, plastics and nano/microplastics, comprising a wide spectrum of different approaches: development and application of methods for material flow modeling, exposure modeling, biouptake modeling and environmental risk assessment; experimental studies about release of materials from products and development of methods for safe and sustainable by design (SSbD). Bernd Nowack has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has an h-factor of 71. He acted as co-advisor of 26 PhD projects and is founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal NanoImpact. He has been listed since 2014 for eight consecutive times as “Highly Cited Researcher” in the category “Environmental Sciences/Ecology” from Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science).