Professor Eugenia (Éva) Valsami-Jones PhD

Professor Eugenia (Éva) Valsami-Jones

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Chair in Environmental Nanoscience
Director of FENAC

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

Eugenia Valsami-Jones - Research in 60 seconds videoProfessor Valsami-Jones’ research interests focus on understanding reactivity at the nanoscale, particularly interactions of nanoparticles with pollutants and biota and biomineralisation processes. She has carried out research on the interaction of a variety of carbon- and metal-based nano-objects with biota in vitro and in vivo and has pioneered novel methods of labelling nanomaterials. She has also worked on understanding the formation and stability of biogenic apatite.

Professor Valsami-Jones is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, philosophers, linguists, economists, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.


1990 – PhD, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1986 – BSc Geology, University of Athens, Greece


  • Course director: MRes Biological and Environmental Nanoscience.
  • Lectures on pollutant mobility and modelling (Environmental Pollution).
  • Lectures on the safety of nanotechnology (Global Environmental Issues).


Recent publications


Ibrahim, B, Akere, TH, Chakraborty, S, Valsami-Jones, E & Ali-Boucetta, H 2023, 'Gold Nanoparticles Induced Size Dependent Cytotoxicity on Human Alveolar Adenocarcinoma Cells by Inhibiting the Ubiquitin Proteasome System', Pharmaceutics, vol. 15, no. 2, 432.

Akere, TH, Zigiotto de Medeiros, AM, Martinez, DST, Ibrahim, B, Ali-Boucetta, H & Valsami-Jones, E 2023, 'Nanotoxicity of Graphene Oxide: – Gold Nanohybrid to Daphnia magna', Aquatic Toxicology, vol. 260, 106552.

Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Vijver, MG, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2022, 'An analytical workflow for dynamic characterization and quantification of metal-bearing nanomaterials in biological matrices', Nature protocols, vol. 17, no. 9, pp. 1926-1952.

Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Hansen, SF, Vijver, MG, Kentin, E, Nielsen, MB, Baun, A, Syberg, K, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2022, 'Can Current Regulations Account for Intentionally Produced Nanoplastics?', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 56, no. 7, pp. 3836-3839.

Chakraborty, S, Prakash, P, Shah, J, Mayya, C, Singh, S, Ranganathan, R, Soppina, V, Jones, EV & Misra, SK 2022, 'CuO nanoparticles as copper-ion reservoirs for Elesclomol-mediated intracellular oxidative stress: implications for anticancer therapies', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1607-1620.

Chakraborty, S, Prasad, R, Pandey, PK, Khan, A, Jain, NK, Jones, EV, Srivastava, R & Misra, SK 2022, 'Doxorubicin encapsulated hollow self-assembled CuS nanoparticles clusters for bio-responsive chemo-photo therapy', Materials Letters, vol. 327, 133017.

Zou, Z, Li, S, Wu, J, Guo, S, Zhang, Y, Huang, M, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Liu, X, Wang, J & Zou, J 2022, 'Effects of nanopolystyrene addition on nitrogen fertilizer fate, gaseous loss of N from the soil, and soil microbial community composition', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 438, 129509.

Dong, F, Quevedo, AC, Wang, X, Valsami-Jones, E & Kreft, J-U 2022, 'Experimental evolution of Pseudomonas putida under silver ion versus nanoparticle stress', Environmental Microbiology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 905-918.

Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Holm, S, Kortet, R, Bandekar, M, Kekäläinen, J, Koistinen, A, Leskinen, JTT, Akkanen, J, Huuskonen, H, Valtonen, A, Dupuis, L, Peijnenburg, W, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Kukkonen, JVK 2022, 'Quantifying the trophic transfer of sub-micron plastics in an assembled food chain', Nano Today, vol. 46, 101611.


Papadiamantis, AG, Afantitis, A, Tsoumanis, A, Karatzas, P, Doganis, P, Varsou, DD, Sarimveis, H, Ellis, LJA, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I & Melagraki, G 2022, Image Analysis and Deep Learning Web Services for Nano informatics. in K Roy (ed.), Chemometrics and Cheminformatics in Aquatic Toxicology. Wiley, pp. 547-564.


Quevedo, AC, Ellis, LJA, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2022, 'Correction: Quevedo et al. Mechanisms of silver nanoparticle uptake by embryonic zebrafish cells. Nanomaterials, 2021, 11, 2699', Nanomaterials, vol. 12, no. 2, 225.

Peters, R, Elbers, I, Undas, A, Sijtsma, E, Briffa, S, Carnell-Morris, P, Siupa, A, Yoon, TH, Burr, L, Schmid, D, Tentschert, J, Hachenberger, Y, Jungnickel, H, Luch, A, Meier, F, Kocic, J, Kim, J, Park, BC, Hardy, B, Johnston, C, Jurkschat, K, Radnik, J, Hodoroaba, VD, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2022, 'Correction: Peters et al. Benchmarking the ACEnano Toolbox for Characterisation of Nanoparticle Size and Concentration by Interlaboratory Comparison. Molecules 2021, 26, 5315.', Molecules, vol. 27, no. 15, 4849.

Conference article

Knigge, X, Guo, Z, Valsami-jones, E, Hodoroaba, V & Radnik, J 2022, 'Influence of sterilization on the surface of nanoparticles studied with XPS / HAXPES in comparison to SEM / EDS', Microscopy and Microanalysis, vol. 28, no. S1, pp. 986-988.

Review article

Harrison, DM, Briffa, SM, Mazzonello, A & Valsami-Jones, E 2023, 'A Review of the Aquatic Environmental Transformations of Engineered Nanomaterials', Nanomaterials, vol. 13, no. 14, 2098.

Wyrzykowska, E, Mikolajczyk, A, Lynch, I, Jeliazkova, N, Kochev, N, Sarimveis, H, Doganis, P, Karatzas, P, Afantitis, A, Melagraki, G, Serra, A, Greco, D, Subbotina, J, Lobaskin, V, Bañares, MA, Valsami-Jones, E, Jagiello, K & Puzyn, T 2022, 'Representing and describing nanomaterials in predictive nanoinformatics', Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 17, no. 9, pp. 924-932.

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Environmental nanoparticles, pollutants