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

Contact details

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.


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


Zhang, P, Misra, S, Guo, Z, Rehkämper, M & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Stable isotope labeling of metal/metal oxide nanomaterials for environmental and biological tracing', Nature protocols, vol. 14, pp. 2878–2899.

Carrazco-Quevedo, A, Römer, I, Salamanca, MJ, Poynter, A, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Bioaccumulation and toxic effects of nanoparticulate and ionic silver in Saccostrea glomerata (rock oyster)', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol. 179, pp. 127-134.

Briffa, SM, Lynch, I, Hapiuk, D & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Physical and chemical transformations of zirconium doped ceria nanoparticles in the presence of phosphate: increasing realism in environmental fate and behaviour experiments', Environmental Pollution, vol. 252, no. Part B, pp. 974-981.

Römer, I, Briffa, SM, Arroyo Rojas Dasilva, Y, Hapiuk, D, Trouillet, V, Palmer, RE & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Impact of particle size, oxidation state and capping agent of different cerium dioxide nanoparticles on the phosphate-induced transformations at different pH and concentration', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 6, e0217483.

Pulido-Reyes, G, Briffa, SM, Hurtado-Gallego, J, Yudina, T, Leganés, F, Puntes, V, Valsami-Jones, E, Rosal, R & Fernández-Piñas, F 2019, 'Internalization and toxicological mechanisms of uncoated and PVP-coated cerium oxide nanoparticles in the freshwater alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 2019, no. 6, pp. 1959-1972 .

Cui, X, Fryer, B, Zhou, D, Lodge, RW, Khlobystov, AN, Valsami-Jones, E & Lynch, I 2019, 'Core-Shell NaHoF4@TiO2 NPs: a labeling method to trace engineered nanomaterials of ubiquitous elements in the environment', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 11, no. 21, pp. 19452-19461.

Joossens, E, Macko, P, Palosaari, T, Gerloff, K, Ojea-Jiménez, I, Gilliland, D, Novak, J, Fortaner Torrent, S, Gineste, J-M, Römer, I, Briffa, SM, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I & Whelan, M 2019, 'A high throughput imaging database of toxicological effects of nanomaterials tested on HepaRG cells', Scientific Data, vol. 6, no. 1, 46.

Martin, P, Zhang, P, Rodger, PM & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Simulations of morphological transformation in silver nanoparticles as a tool for assessing their reactivity and potential toxicity', NanoImpact, vol. 14, 100147.,

Zhang, P, Ma, Y, Xie, C, Guo, Z, He, X, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Luo, W, Zheng, L & Zhang, Z 2019, 'Plant species-dependent transformation and translocation of ceria nanoparticles', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 60-67 .

Guo, Z, Xie, HQ, Zhang, P, Luo, Y, Xu, T, Liu, Y, Fu, H, Xu, SL, Valsami-Jones, E, Boksa, P & Zhao, B 2018, 'Dioxins as potential risk factors for autism spectrum disorder', Environment International, vol. 121, no. 1, pp. 906-915.,

Afantitis, A, Melagraki, G, Tsoumanis, A, Valsami-Jones, E & Lynch, I 2018, 'A nanoinformatics decision support tool for the virtual screening of gold nanoparticle cellular association using protein corona fingerprints', Nanotoxicology.

Briffa, SM, Lynch, I, Trouillet, V, Bruns, M, Hapiuk, D & Valsami-Jones, E 2018, 'Thermal Transformations of Manufactured Nanomaterials as a Proposed Proxy for Ageing', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 1618-1627.

Briffa, SM, Nasser, F, Valsami-Jones, E & Lynch, I 2018, 'Uptake and impacts of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) capped metal oxide nanoparticles on Daphnia magna: role of core composition and acquired corona', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 1745-1756.

Ellis, L-J, Papadiamantis, A, Weigel, S & Valsami-Jones, E 2018, 'Synthesis and characterization of Zr- and Hf-doped nano-TiO2 as internal standards for analytical quantification of nanomaterials in complex matrices', Royal Society Open Science, vol. 5, no. 171884, L-JAE, 0000-0003-2781-4509.

Review article

Fadeel, B, Farcal, L, Hardy, BJ, Vázquez-Campos, S, Hristozov, D, Marcomini, A, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E, Alenius, H & Savolainen, K 2018, 'Advanced tools for the safety assessment of nanomaterials', Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 537-543.

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Environmental nanoparticles, pollutants