Thesis with the Functional Aquatic Ecotoxicology team

In this post the Functional Aquatic Ecotoxicology team offers a Master’s thesis topic addressing the effects of nanoparticles on freshwater invertebrates.

Silver nanoparticle suspension (photo by S. Lüderwald)

Silver nanoparticles (photo by S. Lüderwald)

Nanotechnology has become a major technology of the 21st century. Over the last few years engineered nanoparticles have experienced an increasing demand for commercial products and industrial purposes. As a consequence of their heavy use, they will be inevitably released into surface waters through various pathways such as waste water treatment plant effluents.

Once in the aquatic system organisms like the leaf shredding amphipod Gammarus fossarum may be exposed towards these nanoparticles via different exposure pathways.

This thesis aims to investigate the importance of two exposure pathways, namely waterborne or diet related for the overall effect caused by silver nanoparticles.

Stream inhabiting leaf shredding amphipods (photo by K. Newton)

Stream inhabiting leaf shredding amphipods (photo by K. Newton)

You will have the opportunity to work in a young and motivated research team engaged in the cutting edge of effect related nanoparticle research. For more information, see the pdf file:


Please contact us if you have any further questions or you are interested:

Prof. Dr. Mirco Budschuh via

Simon Lüderwald via