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


Oyehan, TA, Ganiyu, SA, Pfrang, C, Walker, M & Valsami-Jones, E 2024, 'Low cost MXene synthesis for regenerative adsorption of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX)', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 492, 152217.

Ibrahim, B, Akere, TH, Chakraborty, S, Valsami-Jones, E & Ali-Boucetta, H 2024, 'Modulation of Heat Shock Protein Expression in Alveolar Adenocarcinoma Cells through Gold Nanoparticles and Cisplatin Treatment', Pharmaceutics, vol. 16, no. 3, 380.

Cassee, FR, Bleeker, EAJ, Durand, C, Exner, T, Falk, A, Friedrichs, S, Heunisch, E, Himly, M, Hofer, S, Hofstätter, N, Hristozov, D, Nymark, P, Pohl, A, Soeteman-Hernández, LG, Suarez-Merino, B, Valsami-Jones, E & Groenewold, M 2024, 'Roadmap towards Safe and Sustainable Advanced and Innovative Materials. (outlook for 2024-2030)', Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.

Ibrahim, B, Akere, TH, Chakraborty, S, Valsami-Jones, E & Ali-Boucetta, H 2023, 'Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles Suppress the Proliferation of Human Lung Alveolar Adenocarcinoma Cells by Deubiquitinating Enzymes Inhibition', ACS Omega, vol. 8, no. 43, pp. 40622-40638.

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.

Oyehan, TA, Salami, BA, Abdulrasheed, AA, Hambali, HU, Gbadamosi, A, Valsami-Jones, E & Saleh, TA 2023, 'MXenes: Synthesis, properties, and applications for sustainable energy and environment', Applied Materials Today, vol. 35, 101993.

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.


Menon, D, Chakraborty, S, Goyal, P, Valsami-Jones, E & Misra, SK 2023, Nano Metal-Organic Frameworks as a Promising Candidate for Biomedical Applications. in R Srivastava, SK Debnath & R Prasad (eds), Nanomaterials in Healthcare. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 115-132.


Quevedo, AC, Bradford, L, 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.

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.

Furxhi, I, Costa, A, Vázquez-Campos, S, Fito-López, C, Hristozov, D, Ramos, JAT, Resch, S, Cioffi, M, Friedrichs, S, Rocca, C, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Araceli, SJ & Farcal, L 2023, 'Status, implications and challenges of European safe and sustainable by design paradigms applicable to nanomaterials and advanced materials', RSC Sustainability, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 234-250.

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Environmental nanoparticles, pollutants