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Metrological traceability of measurement data from nano- to small-microplastics for a greener environment and food safety


Project timeline
October 2022
36 months
September 2025
General Information
PlasticTrace aims to address the urgent need for development and harmonisation of methods for the chemical identification, physical characterisation and quantification of released small micro/nanoplastics (SMPs/NPs) in drinking water, food and environmental matrices, as required by the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). In this context, hyphenated and complementary analytical approaches will be developed, optimised, compared and harmonised, leading to the establishment of metrological traceability of measurements through robust validation studies. Novel and environmentally relevant SMP/NP reference materials will be developed within the project. International cooperation with key stakeholders globally will be considered as the basis for a European Metrology network.
Hereon will contribute to the development of new sampling, fractionation and detection methods for small microplastic in different relevant matrices using recently developed methods based on new techniques such as Quantum Cascade Laser Based FTIR Imaging or Mass Spectrometry.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaEuropean Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR)
Project TypeResearch & Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 21GRD07
Co-ordinatorIstituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (IT)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Daniel Pröfrock, Institute of Coastal Environmental Chemistry, Department Inorganic Environmental Chemistry (KUA), phone: +49(4152)87-2846
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (DE), Danmarks Nationale Metrologinstitut DFM A/S (DK), FCIENCIAS.ID - Associacao Para A Investigacao E Desenvolvimento De Ciencias (PT), Federale Overheidsdienst Economie (BE), Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (FI), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (DE), HORIBA FRANCE SAS (FR), Instituto Hidrográfico (PT), Instituto Portugues da Qualidade (PT), Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (IT), Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (FR), LGC Limited (UK), Nestle Waters Management & Technology (FR), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NO), Postnova Analytics GmbH (DE), Sciensano (BE), SINTEF (NO), SmartMembranes (DE), Umweltbundesamt (DE), Universidade da Coruña (ES), Universita Degli Studi di Parma (IT), Università di Torino NIS (IT)
PlasticTrace website
Last Update: 28. February 2023