Aristide Ganci

Aristide Ganci

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Exploring the Potential of High Mass Resolution and Mass Accuracy Mass Spectrometric Techniques to Track the Environmental Metabolism and Fate of BFRs: Application to the Ambient Environment

Supervisor: Professor Stuart Harrad

Aristide Ganci is conducting doctoral research on the environmental fate and presence of degradation/metabolic products of a number of legacy and novel BFRs (NBFRs) in a range of matrices from a variety of ambient environmental compartments.

The research includes the analysis of environmental samples such as dust, soil and sediments, followed by extraction and clean-up using accelerated solvent extraction (ASE). Subsequent analysis via Thermo Scientific (industrial project partner) will use state-of-the-art high resolution accurate mass orbitrap mass spectrometry interfaced with liquid chromatography (LC) and later on gas chromatography (GC) as appropriate.

He will also challenge trout liver microsomes with NBFR standards and analyse them. These in vitro studies have the aim of providing a preliminary insight into the likely piscine metabolism, their metabolic products of target (N)BFRs and their formation pathways. The high accuracy in orbitrap mass spectrometry will be applied together with the so called "mass defect filtering" approach to elucidate and characterise degradation/metabolic products of both legacy and novel BFRs. Data interpretation will help understand the environmental fate and behaviour of BFRs that are pertinent to the ambient environment.


  • Master in Food Science and Technology (Austria, 2013)
  • Master (Double Degree) in Analytical Biotechnology (UK, 2012) 


Aristide Ganci studied food science and technology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. He conducted his master thesis at Eurofins in Hamburg, Germany in the field of food contaminants and residue analysis. He later obtained a double degree in Analytical Biotechnology at Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Aristide Ganci’s PhD is part of the ELUTE project and funded by the Marie Curie FP7 Initial Training Networks Programme (Industrial Doctorate).


“Novel” BFRs, environmental fate, degradation products, metabolism, mass defect filtering  

Research group: Environmental Health Sciences

Other activities

Aristide Ganci actively collaborates with following laboratories or received on-site training: 

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen and Dreieich, Germany; Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Toronto, Canada
  • Environmental Change Research Centre at UCL, London, United Kingdom
  • Food Standards Agency FSA, London, United Kingdom
  • Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, Stockholm, Sweden