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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Luo, W, Monikh, FA, Xie, C, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I & Zhang, Z 2020, 'Graphene oxide induced pH alteration, iron overload and subsequent oxidative damage in rice (Oryza. sativa L.): a new mechanism of nanomaterial phytotoxicity', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 3181-3190.

Ellis, L, Kissane, S, Hoffman, E, Brown, J, Valsami-Jones, E, Colbourne, J & Lynch, I 2020, 'Multigenerational exposures of Daphnia magna to pristine and aged silver nanoparticles: epigenetic changes and phenotypical ageing related effects', Small.

Papadiamantis, AG, Jänes, J, Voyiatzis, E, Sikk, L, Burk, J, Burk, P, Tsoumanis, A, Ha, MK, Yoon, TH, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Melagraki, G, Tämm, K & Afantitis, A 2020, 'Predicting Cytotoxicity of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles using Isalos Analytics Platform', Nanomaterials, vol. 10, no. 10, 2017, pp. 1-19.

Christidis, GE, Knapp, CW, Venieri, D, Gounaki, I, Elgy, C, Valsami-Jones, E & Photos-Jones, E 2020, 'The interweaving roles of mineral and microbiome in shaping the antibacterial activity of archaeological medicinal clays', Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Papadiamantis, T 2020, 'Zeta‐potential read‐across model utilizing nanodescriptors extracted via the nanoxtract image analysis tool available on the Enalos Nanoinformatics Cloud platform', Small.

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.

Review article

Antreas Afantitis; Georgia Melagraki; Panagiotis Isigonis; Andreas Tsoumanis; Dimitra Danai Varsou; Eugenia Valsami-Jones; Anastasios Papadiamantis; Laura-Jayne A. Ellis, Haralambos Sarimveis; Philip Doganis; Pantelis Karatzas; Periklis Tsiros; Irene Liampa; Vladimir Lobaskin; Dario Greco; Angela Serra; Pia Anneli Sofia Kinaret; Laura Aliisa Saarimäki; Roland Grafström; Pekka Kohonen; Penny Nymark; Egon Willighagen; Tomasz Puzyn; Anna Rybinska-Fryca; Alexander Lyubartsev; Keld Alstrup Jensen; Jan Gerit Brandenburg; Stephen Lofts; Claus Svendsen; Samuel Harrisono; Dieter Maier; Kaido Tamm; Jaak Jänes; Lauri Sikk; Maria Dusinska; Eleonora Longhin; Elise Rundén-Pran; Espen Mariussen; Naouale El Yamani; Wolfgang Unger; Jörg Radnik; Alexander Tropsha; Yoram Cohen; Jerzy Leszczynski; Christine Ogilvie Hendren; Mark Wiesner; David Winkler; Noriyuki Suzuki; Tae Hyun Yoon; Jang-Sik Choi, Natasha Sanabria; Mary Gulumian, Iseult Lynch 2020, 'NanoSolveIT Project: Driving nanoinformatics research to develop innovative and integrated tools for in silico nanosafety assessment', Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, vol. 18, pp. 583-602.

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Environmental nanoparticles, pollutants