Our organisation

Loughborough University (established in 1966) is a public, research-led university based in Loughborough, England.  The University population includes ~20,000 students, and 3600 staff members organised into 20 departments. It consistently ranks as a top 10 UK university and has a strong reputation for its sports science and engineering programmes. The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering facilities include Water Engineering laboratories, with specialist equipment and instrumentation for research in areas of wastewater treatment, elemental analysis and materials characterisation, including full water analysis to ISO standards.

Our role in the project

Within SSbD4CheM, the Loughborough University team will work on the sample preparation and develop measurements to detect, identify, and quantify micro- and nanosized particles emitted from textile and automotive products to water and air. The nature and magnitude of exposure, including the routes of exposure (inhalation, dermal) and medium (wastewater and air) will be investigated for raw/recycled polyester, biopolymers and antimicrobial coatings. Different steps in the life cycle of textile materials (production, factory wash, wash by end-user) will be monitored and emissions to water and air will be investigated through the collection on dedicated membranes.

Main person involved

Tanja Radu
Research manager