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


Nel, HA, Chetwynd, AJ, Kelly, CA, Stark, C, Valsami-Jones, E, Krause, S & Lynch, I 2021, 'An untargeted thermogravimetric analysis-Fourier transform infrared-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry approach for plastic polymer identification', Environmental Science & Technology.

Peters, R, Elbers, I, Undas, A, Sijtsma, E, Briffa, SM, Carnell-Morris, P, Siupa, A, Yoon, TH, Burr, L, Schmid, D, Tentschert, J, Hachenberger, Y, Jungnickel, H, Luch, A, Meier, F, Radnik, J, Hodoroaba, V-D, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Benchmarking the ACEnano toolbox for characterisation of nanoparticle size and concentration by interlaboratory comparisons', Molecules, vol. 26, no. 17, 5315.

Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Chakraborty, S, Chetwynd, AJ, Monikh, FA, Stark, C, Ali-Boucetta, H, Wilson, S, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Biotransformation modulates the penetration of metallic nanomaterials across an artificial blood–brain barrier model', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 118, no. 28, e2105245118.

Quevedo, AC, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Cellular repair mechanisms triggered by exposure to silver nanoparticles and ionic silver in embryonic zebrafish cells', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 8, no. 9, pp. 2507-2522.

Papadiamantis, AG, Afantitis, A, Tsoumanis, A, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I & Melagraki, G 2021, 'Computational enrichment of physicochemical data for the development of a ζ-potential read-across predictive model with Isalos Analytics Platform', NanoImpact, vol. 22, 100308.

Dong, F, Quevedo, AC, Wang, X, Valsami-Jones, E & Kreft, J-U 2021, 'Experimental evolution of Pseudomonas putida under silver ion versus nanoparticle stress', Environmental Microbiology.

Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Monikh, FA, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Zhang, Z 2021, 'Growing rice (Oryza sativa) aerobically reduces phytotoxicity, uptake, and transformation of CeO2 nanoparticles', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 55, no. 13, pp. 8654-8664.

Quevedo, AC, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Mechanisms of silver nanoparticle uptake by embryonic zebrafish cells', Nanomaterials, vol. 11, no. 10, 2699.

Ellis, L-JA, Kissane, S, Hoffman, E, Valsami-Jones, E, Brown, JB, Colbourne, JK & Lynch, I 2021, 'Multigenerational exposure to nano‐TiO2 induces ageing as a stress response mitigated by environmental interactions', Advanced NanoBiomed Research.

Monikh, FA, Chupani, L, Arenas-Lago, D, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Darbha, GK, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Vijver, MG, Bodegom, PMV & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2021, 'Particle number-based trophic transfer of gold nanomaterials in an aquatic food chain', Nature Communications, vol. 12, no. 1, 899.

Brennan, ME & Valsami-jones, E 2021, 'Safe by Design for nanomaterials—late lessons from early warnings for sustainable innovation', NanoEthics, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 99-103.

Quevedo, AC, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Silver nanoparticle induced toxicity and cell death mechanisms in embryonic zebrafish cells', Nanoscale, vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 6142-6161.

Monikh, FA, Vijver, MG, Mitrano, DM, Leslie, HA, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2021, 'The analytical quest for sub-micron plastics in biological matrices', Nano Today, vol. 41, 101296.

Bobyk, L, Tarantini, A, Beal, D, Veronesi, G, Kieffer, I, Motellier, S, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Jouneau, P-H, Pernet-Gallay, K, Aude-Garcia, C, Sauvaigo, S, Douki, T, Rabilloud, T & Carriere, M 2021, 'Toxicity and chemical transformation of silver nanoparticles in A549 lung cells: dose-rate-dependent genotoxic impact', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 2021, no. 00, pp. 1-16.

Diabaté, S, Armand, L, Murugadoss, S, Dilger, M, Fritsch-Decker, S, Schlager, C, Béal, D, Arnal, M-E, Biola-Clier, M, Ambrose, S, Mülhopt, S, Paur, H-R, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E, carriere, M & Weiss, C 2020, 'Air–Liquid Interface Exposure of Lung Epithelial Cells to Low Doses of Nanoparticles to Assess Pulmonary Adverse Effects', Nanomaterials.

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Environmental nanoparticles, pollutants