Professor Iseult Lynch PhD, MBA

Professor Iseult Lynch

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Environmental Nanosciences
Theme lead for Environmental Sciences

Contact details

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

Professor Iseult Lynch, Chair of Environmental Nanosciences, joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham in March 2013.

She is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano, and Deputy director for the Facility for Environmental Nanomaterials Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC) at the University of Birmingham.  Her research focuses on the environmental interactions of nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces with biological entities from macromolecules to organisms.

She has a very broad overview of all aspects of nanomaterials safety assessment and the data requirements, having served as Chair of the EU Nanosafety Cluster Working Group (NSC WG) on databases for two years (and as co-Chair of the Hazed WG prior to that), as well as being theme editor for the Materials and classification section of the NSC Vision2020 research roadmap (under review for publication in June 2013). Prior to the University of Birmingham she was Strategic Research Manager at the Centre for BioNano Interactions in University College Dublin, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous large EU-funded projects.

Iseult 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.


BSc. (Hons) Chemistry (1995)

PhD (Chemistry, 2000)

MBA (2012)


Professor Lynch is the undergraduate admissions tutor for Environmental Science.

Leads and contributes to undergraduate modules on the following topics:

  • molecules and materials
  • environmental protection
  • environmental pollution

Deputy director of the MRes in Biological and Environmental Nanoscience, and module leader for the MRes module 'Biological and Environmental Nanoscience'.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Lynch’s research interests include:

Synthesis of novel composite polymeric materials for biomaterials and environmental applications
Nanoparticle interactions with biomolecules in the environment (natural organic matter, secreted proteins, organic pollutants, etc.) - the “eco-corona” and secondary pollutant effects
Determination of the fate and behavior of nanomaterials in the environment
Development of high throughput screening applications: nano(eco)toxicology, bionanointeractions and assessment of environmental fate of nanomaterials


Understanding the role of the bio-nano interface, and interactions with biomolecules, in determining nanoparticle fate and behaviour in the environment and for human health.

Other activities


Recent publications


Ammar, A, Bonaretti, S, Winckers, L, Quik, J, Bakker, M, Maier, D, Lynch, I, Rijn, JV & Willighagen, E 2020, 'A Semi-Automated Workflow for FAIR Maturity Indicators in the Life Sciences', Nanomaterials, vol. 10, no. 10, 2068, pp. 1-14.

Xu, Y, Wang, W, Ma, L, Cui, X, Lynch, I & Wu, G 2020, 'Acute toxicity of Zinc Oxide nanoparticles to silkworm (Bombyx mori L.)', Chemosphere, vol. 259, pp. 127481.

Wang, Y, Zhang, P, Li, M, Guo, Z, Ullah, S, Rui, Y & Lynch, I 2020, 'Alleviation of nitrogen stress in rice (Oryza sativa) by ceria nanoparticles', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 2930-2940.

Hannah, DM, Lynch, I, Mao, F, Miller, JD, Young, SL & Krause, S 2020, 'Author Correction: Water and sanitation for all in a pandemic', Nature Sustainability.

Drouin, N, Van Mever, M, Tobolkina, E, Ferre, S, Servais, A-C, Gou, M-J, Nyssen, L, Fillet, M, Lageveen-Kammeijer, GSM, Nouta, J, Chetwynd, AJ, Lynch, I, Thorn, JA, Meixner, J, Loessner, C, Taverna, M, Liu, S, Tran, NT, Francois, YN, Lechner, A, Nehmé, R, Al Hamoui Dit Banni, G, Nasreddine, R, Colas, C, Lindner, HH, Faserl, K, Neusüß, C, Nelke, M, Laemmerer, S, Perrin, C, Bich, C, Barbas, C, López-Gonzálvez, Á, Guttman, A, Szigeti, M, Britz-McKibbin, P, Kroezen, Z, Shanmuganathan, M, Nemes, P, Portero, EP, Hankemeier, T, Codesido, S, González-Ruiz, V, Rudaz, S & Ramautar, R 2020, 'Capillary electrophoresis-Mass spectrometry at Trial by Metabo-ring: Effective electrophoretic mobility for Reproducible and Robust Compound Annotation', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 92, no. 20, pp. 14103-14112.

Nel, HA, Smith, GHS, Harmer, R, Sykes, R, Schneidewind, U, Lynch, I & Krause, S 2020, 'Citizen science reveals microplastic hotspots within tidal estuaries and the remote Scilly Islands, United Kingdom', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 161, 111776.

Cai, R, Ren, J, Ji, Y, Wang, Y, Liu, Y, Chen, Z, Sabet, ZF, Wu, X, Lynch, I & Chen, C 2020, 'Corona of thorns: the surface chemistry-mediated protein corona perturbs the recognition and immune response of macrophages', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 1997-2008.

Guo, Z, Luo, Y, Zhang, P, Chetwynd, AJ, Qunhui Xie, H, Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Tao, W, Xie, C, Liu, Y, Xu, SL, Zhang, Z, Valsami-jones, E, Lynch, I & Zhao, B 2020, 'Deciphering the particle specific effects on metabolism in rat liver and plasma from ZnO nanoparticles versus ionic Zn exposure', Environment International, vol. 136, 105437.

Nel, HA, Chetwynd, AJ, Kelleher, L, Lynch, I, Mansfield, I, Margenat, H, Onoja, S, Goldberg Oppenheimer, P, Sambrook Smith, GH & Krause, S 2021, 'Detection limits are central to improve reporting standards when using Nile red for microplastic quantification', Chemosphere, vol. 263, 127953, pp. 1-9.

Karatzas, P, Melagraki, G, Ellis, L-JA, Lynch, I, Varsou, D-D, Afantitis, A, Tsoumanis, A, Doganis, P & Sarimveis, H 2020, 'Development of Deep Learning Models for Predicting the Effects of Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials on Daphnia magna', Small.

Martinez, DST, Silva, GHD, Medeiros, AMZD, Khan, LU, Papadiamantis, AG & Lynch, I 2020, 'Effect of the Albumin Corona on the Toxicity of Combined Graphene Oxide and Cadmium to Daphnia magna and Integration of the Datasets into the NanoCommons Knowledge Base', Nanomaterials, vol. 10, no. 10, 1936, pp. 1-20.

Hien, NV, Valsami-Jones, E, Vihn, NC, Phu, TT, Tam, NTT & Lynch, I 2020, 'Effectiveness of different biochar in aqueous zinc removal: correlation with physicochemical characteristics', Bioresource Technology Reports, vol. 11, no. 100466, 100466.

Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Chetwynd, AJ, Xie, HQ, Valsami-Jones, E, Zhao, B & Lynch, I 2020, 'Elucidating the mechanism of the surface functionalization dependent neurotoxicity of graphene family nanomaterials', Nanoscale, vol. 12, no. 36, pp. 18600-18605.

Xie, C, Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Li, X, Pang, Q, Zheng, K, He, X, Ma, Y, Zhang, Z & Lynch, I 2020, 'Elucidating the origin of the surface functionalization - dependent bacterial toxicity of graphene nanomaterials: Oxidative damage, physical disruption, and cell autolysis', Science of the Total Environment.

Ellis, L-JA, Valsami-Jones, E & Lynch, I 2020, 'Exposure medium and particle ageing moderate the toxicological effects of nanomaterials to Daphnia magna over multiple generations: a case for standard test review?', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1136-1149.

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Nanomaterials in the environment (as well as food, cosmetics, consumer products, nanomedicines, nanopesticides etc.); nanomaterials transformations; nanomaterials fate and behaviour; nanomaterials eco/toxicology; Nanosafety assessment; nanoregulation; nanogovernance; Microplastics; nanoplastics; Open data