Professor Iseult Lynch PhD, MBA

Professor Iseult Lynch

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

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

Iseult Lynch 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 Iseult Lynch undertook her PhD in Physical Chemistry at University College Dublin developing responsive polymeric materials for use in medical devices and as tissue growth substrates. She subsequently did several years of postdoctoral research at Physical Chemistry 1, Lund University in Sweden, including as an EU Marie Curie Fellow, investigating several aspects of colloid and interface science and biophysics. She returned to University College Dublin in 2006 where she led the nanoparticle synthesis and bio-characterisation group at the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI). She then became the Strategic Research Manager for CBNI, and was instrumental in securing multiple large scale national and EU funding bids. In March 2013 she joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Environmental Nanosciences, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Professor of Environmental Nanosciences in 2016.


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

Professor Lynch supervises PhD projects on a range of environmental nanoscience topics, including:

  • interactions of engineered nanoparticles with Daphnia and the secreted eco-corona
  • fate and transformation of silver nanoparticles in the environment
  • assessment of the micro- and nano-structure of Vietnamese biochars
  • routes of uptake of SPIONs in cells
  • impacts of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems

Interested students, including those with existing funding or applying for funding, should contact Professor Lynch by email to discuss potential projects.


Research interests

  • Synthesis of novel composite polymeric materials for biomaterials and environmental applications, such as controlled release and delivery, environmental remediation and Nano(eco)toxicology.
  • 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.
  • Impact and risk assessment of nanomaterials / nanoproducts / nanomedicines.

Other activities


Recent publications


do Nascimento, RDKS, Carvalho, JS, Miranda, RR, Lima, MA, Rocha, FV, Zucolotto, V, Lynch, I & Urban, RC 2023, 'In vitro toxicity and lung cancer risk: Atmospheric particulate matter from a city in southeastern Brazil impacted by biomass burning', Chemosphere, vol. 338, 139484.

Green, C, Bilyanska, A, Bradley, M, Dinsdale, J, Hutt, L, Backhaus, T, Boons, F, Bott, D, Collins, C, Cornell, SE, Craig, M, Depledge, M, Diderich, B, Fuller, R, Galloway, TS, Hutchison, GR, Ingrey, N, Johnson, AC, Kupka, R, Matthiessen, P, Oliver, R, Owen, S, Owens, S, Pickett, J, Robinson, S, Sims, K, Smith, P, Sumpter, JP, Tretsiakova‐McNally, S, Wang, M, Welton, T, Willis, KJ & Lynch, I 2023, 'A Horizon Scan to Support Chemical Pollution–Related Policymaking for Sustainable and Climate‐Resilient Economies', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1212-1228.

Rosner, A, Ballarin, L, Barnay-Verdier, S, Borisenko, I, Drago, L, Drobne, D, Concetta Eliso, M, Harbuzov, Z, Grimaldi, A, Guy-Haim, T, Karahan, A, Lynch, I, Giulia Lionetto, M, Martinez, P, Mehennaoui, K, Oruc Ozcan, E, Pinsino, A, Paz, G, Rinkevich, B, Spagnuolo, A, Sugni, M & Cambier, S 2023, 'A broad-taxa approach as an important concept in ecotoxicological studies and pollution monitoring', Biological Reviews.

Yasmin, T, Farrelly, MA, Rogers, BC, Krause, S & Lynch, I 2023, 'A tale of two cities: evidence from the Global South on established versus emerging cities' approaches to adaptive and sustainable water governance', Ecology and Society, vol. 28, no. 1, 38.

Dong, Z, Ma, J, Qiu, J, Ren, Q, Shan, Q, Duan, X, Li, G, Zuo, YY, Qi, Y, Liu, Y, Liu, G, Lynch, I, Fang, M & Liu, S 2023, 'Airborne fine particles drive H1N1 viruses deep into the lower respiratory tract and distant organs', Science Advances, vol. 9, no. 23, eadf2165.

del Giudice, G, Serra, A, Saarimäki, LA, Kotsis, K, Rouse, I, Colibaba, SA, Jagiello, K, Mikolajczyk, A, Fratello, M, Papadiamantis, AG, Sanabria, N, Annala, ME, Morikka, J, Kinaret, PAS, Voyiatzis, E, Melagraki, G, Afantitis, A, Tämm, K, Puzyn, T, Gulumian, M, Lobaskin, V, Lynch, I, Federico, A & Greco, D 2023, 'An ancestral molecular response to nanomaterial particulates', Nature Nanotechnology.

Wang, X, Jiang, M, Lynch, I, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Wu, L & Ma, J 2023, 'Construction of urchin-like core-shell Fe/Fe2O3@UiO-66 hybrid for effective tetracycline reduction and photocatalytic oxidation', Environmental Pollution, vol. 336, 122280.

Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Xie, C, Voyiatzis, E, Faserl, K, Chetwynd, AJ, Monikh, FA, Melagraki, G, Zhang, Z, Peijnenburg, WJGM, Afantitis, A, Chen, C & Lynch, I 2023, 'Defining the Surface Oxygen Threshold That Switches the Interaction Mode of Graphene Oxide with Bacteria', ACS Nano, vol. 17, no. 7, pp. 6350-6361.

Yang, K, Wang, X, Lynch, I, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Wu, L & Ma, J 2023, 'Design of cryogel based CNTs-anchored polyacrylonitrile honeycomb film with ultra-high S-NZVI incorporation for enhanced synergistic reduction of Cr(VI)', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 442, 129923.

Kukkola, A, Krause, S, Yonan, Y, Kelleher, L, Schneidewind, U, Smith, GHS, Nel, H & Lynch, I 2023, 'Easy and accessible way to calibrate a fluorescence microscope and to create a microplastic identification key', MethodsX, vol. 10, 102053.

Wu, X, Wang, X, Lynch, I, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Wu, L, Ning, P & Ren, N 2023, 'Exceptional photo-elimination of antibiotic by a novel Z-scheme heterojunction catalyst composed of nanoscale zero valent iron embedded with carbon quantum dots (CQDs)-black TiO2', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 460, 132323.


Boraschi, D, Duschl, A, Lynch, I & Stoeger, T 2023, 'Editorial: Exploring impacts of combined exposures to particles and chemicals on immune reactions across living organisms', Frontiers in toxicology, vol. 5, 1148374.


Marx-Stoelting, P, Rivière, G, Luijten, M, Aiello-Holden, K, Bandow, N, Baken, K, Cañas, A, Castano, A, Denys, S, Fillol, C, Herzler, M, Iavicoli, I, Karakitsios, S, Klanova, J, Kolossa-Gehring, M, Koutsodimou, A, Vicente, JL, Lynch, I, Namorado, S, Norager, S, Pittman, A, Rotter, S, Sarigiannis, D, Silva, MJ, Theunis, J, Tralau, T, Uhl, M, van Klaveren, J, Wendt-Rasch, L, Westerholm, E, Rousselle, C & Sanders, P 2023, 'A walk in the PARC: developing and implementing 21st century chemical risk assessment in Europe', Archives of toxicology, vol. 97, no. 3, pp. 893-908.

Review article

Meskher, H, Ragdi, T, Thakur, AK, Ha, S, Khelfaoui, I, Sathyamurthy, R, Sharshir, SW, Pandey, AK, Saidur, R, Singh, P, Sharifianjazi, F & Lynch, I 2023, 'A Review on CNTs-Based Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors: Unique Properties and Potential Applications', Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry.

Reilly, K, Ellis, L-JA, Davoudi, HH, Supian, S, Maia, MT, Silva, GH, Guo, Z, Martinez, DST & Lynch, I 2023, 'Daphnia as a model organism to probe biological responses to nanomaterials—from individual to population effects via adverse outcome pathways', Frontiers in toxicology, vol. 5, 1178482.

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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

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