Main research interest of the university staff and PhD students from the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics is the application of novel chemometric and chemoinformatic methods for risk assessment of new chemicals.
One of the main tools used and developed by the team is Quantitative Structure-Property/Activity Relationship (QSPR/QSAR) modeling. This method, originally created for designing new drugs, became nowadays very useful in the process of human and environmental risk assessment performed for new chemicals.
The application of computational methods (including QSPR/QSAR) in the risk assessment, instead of conducting traditional experiments, is recommended by majority of the European regulations, i.e. REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006, REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals). It is because computational methods enable saving time, costs and reducing the use of laboratory animals.
Staff working in the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics participated in and/or coordinated a number of national and international research projects. This includes two projects within the 7th Framework Programme (NanoPUZZLES and NanoBRIDGES) and HORIZON 2020 (NanoReg2 project).
Amongst the most important research achievements of the team, there is the introduction of QSAR methods to nanotechnology (Nano-QSAR). The results have been published in Nature Nanotechnology, Small, Nanoscale, Nanotoxicology and other prestigious journals. In parallel, researchers from the laboratory developed a series of QSPR/QSAR models for designing and risk assessment of ionic liquids (results published in Green Chemistry, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere and other journals).
Currently conducted research includes the following research topics:
- Risk assessment of nanoparticles and nanomaterials safe-by-design;
- Designing and risk assessment of ionic liquids;
- Designing safe biomaterials;
- Development of computational methods for risk assessment of classical chemicals (e.g. drugs, cosmetics, personal care products).
Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics closely collaborates with „QSAR Lab sp. z o. o.” - a spin-off company that commercializes the results.
NCN GRANT FOR DR AGNIESZKA GAJEWICZ
We are happy to announce that dr Agnieszka Gajewicz from our Laboratory was awarded a grant from the SONATA call of the National Science Centreread more
NanoReg2 WP1 meeting at the UG
A one-day face-to-face NanoReg2 project meeting was organized and conducted at Gdansk University on 14th June 2017.read more
Best poster award for dr Agnieszka Gajewicz at the conference in Boston
Congratulations to Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz on her success at the 8th International Nanotoxicology Congress - Nanotox2016 held in Boston, USA.read more