Summer School 2015

Summer School 2015

Experimental Analytical Techniques for Characterization of Nanoparticles and their Effects


12th - 16th October, 2015

Landau in der Pfalz, Germany




The summer school will give a general overview in the field of modern methods for nanoparticle characterization and determination covering advanced microscopic, chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, the experimental methods for the characterization of transport, aging and biological effects of engineered nanoparticles (ENP) will be addressed. The summer school will offer the opportunity for young researchers to gain multidisciplinary knowledge on analytical characterization of nanoparticles and on their interaction, toxicity, aging and transport mechanisms in complex environmental media. The theoretical sessions will be complemented by lab works in which selected methods will be applied.


Analytical techniques

  • DLS, NTA, Zeta potential
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Electron microscopy
  • Single particle ICP-MS
  • Raman spectroscopy

Fate and transport of nanoparticles in soils and waters

  • Colloidal stability of nanoparticles
  • Fate of nanoparticles in soils
  • Nanoparticle - NOM interactions
  • Transport of nanoparticles in soils

Biological effects

  • Interactions between nanoparticles and bacteria
  • Impact of nanoparticles on aquatic invertebrates


Summer school fees:

Standard (until September 30, 2015):       100 EUR

Late (after September 30, 2015)               120 EUR

The summer school fee includes: Access to all lectures and lab works, lunch and coffee breaks.

For registration please complete and submit the Registration Form by e-mail to


September 30, 2015          Regular registration ends

October 12, 2015                Summer school starts


Summer school program

Registration Form

Summer school flyer

Local Organizing Committee

Gabriele E. Schaumann, George Metreveli


Institute for Environmental Sciences

University of Koblenz-Landau

Fortstr. 7

76829 Landau in der Pfalz, Germany


Fax:      +49(0)6341 280 31577


Financial Support

We acknowledge financial support from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) within the INTERNANO project "Mobility, aging and functioning of engineered inorganic nanoparticles at the aquatic-terrestrial interface" (FOR 1536).

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