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Research Interests:

Fate assessment of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in natural environments; development of environmental fate models and identification of suitable fate descriptors for ENPs; detection of ENPs in complex environmental matrices; interaction of ENPs with natural particles and surfaces.

Curriculum Vitae:

Since October 2014: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosciences.

PhD studies at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering.
Thesis: Development of environmental fate models for engineered nanoparticles.

Visiting researcher at the CEREGE (France).

M.Sc. in Chemistry, ETH Zurich (Switzerland).
Thesis: Synthesis of functionalized fullerene (C60) derivatives for creation of cross-linked monolayers on a Langmuir air/water interface.

B.Sc. in Chemistry, Jacobs University Bremen (Germany).
Thesis: Rational design of a fluorescent dye for indicator displacement from cucurbiturils.


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Hüffer, T., Praetorius, A., Stephan, W., von der Kammer, F., & Hofmann, T. (2017). Microplastic Exposure Assessment in Aquatic Environments: Learning from Similarities and Differences to Engineered Nanoparticles. Environmental Science & Technology (Washington), 51(5), 2499-2507. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04054
Praetorius, A., Gundlach-Graham, A., Goldberg, E., Fabienke, W., Navratilova, J., Gondikas, A.,... von der Kammer, F. (2017). Single-particle multi-element fingerprinting (spMEF) using inductively-coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ICP-TOFMS) to identify engineered nanoparticles against the elevated natural background in soils. Environmental Science: Nano, 4(2), 307-314. DOI: 10.1039/C6EN00455E
Peijnenburg, W., Praetorius, A., Scott-Fordsmand, J., & Cornelis, G. (2016). Fate assessment of engineered nanoparticles in solids dominated media – Current insights and the way forward. Environmental Pollution, 218, 1365-1369. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.11.043
Navratilova, J., Praetorius, A., Gondikas, A., Fabienke, W., von der Kammer, F., & Hofmann, T. (2015). Detection of Engineered Copper Nanoparticles in Soil Using Single Particle ICP-MS. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(12), 15756-15768. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph121215020
Sani-Kast, N., Martin, S., Slomberg, D., Labille, J., Praetorius, A., Ollivier, P., & Hungerbühler, K. (2015). Addressing the complexity of water chemistry in environmental fate modeling for engineered nanoparticles. Science of the Total Environment, 535, 150–159.
Praetorius, A., Labille, J., Scheringer, M., Thill, A., Hungerbuehler, K., & Bottero, J-Y. (2014). Heteroaggregation of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles with Model Natural Colloids under Environmentally Relevant Conditions. Environmental Science & Technology (Washington), 48(18), 10690-10698. DOI: 10.1021/es501655v
Praetorius, A., Tufenkji, N., Gross, K-U., Martin, S., von der Kammer, F., & Elimelech, M. (2014). The road to nowhere: equilibrium partition coefficients for nanoparticles. Environmental Science: Nano, 4(1), 317-323. DOI: 10.1039/C4EN00043A
Praetorius, A., Arvidsson, R., Molander, S., & Scheringer, M. (2013). Facing complexity through informed simplifications: a research agenda for aquatic exposure assessment of nanoparticles. Environmental Science: Processes & Impact, 15(1), 161-168. DOI: 10.1039/c2em30677h
Praetorius, A., Scheringer, M., & Hungerbuehler, K. (2012). Development of Environmental Fate Models for Engineered Nanoparticles-A Case Study of TiO2 Nanoparticles in the Rhine River. Environmental Science & Technology (Washington), 46(12), 6705-6713. DOI: 10.1021/es204530n
Hornung, J., Fankhauser, D., Shirtcliff, L. D., Praetorius, A., Schweizer, W. B., & Diederich, F. (2011). Cycloalkane and Alicyclic Heterocycle Complexation by New Switchable Resorcin[4] arene-Based Container Molecules: NMR and ITC Binding Studies. Chemistry: A European Journal, 17(44), 12362-12371. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201101861
Reinoso, S., Piedra-Garza, L. F., Dickman, M. H., Praetorius, A., Biesemans, M., Willem, R., & Kortz, U. (2010). Trilacunary A-beta-Keggin tungstogermanates and -silicates functionalized with phenyltin(IV) electrophiles. Dalton Transactions (Print Edition): a journal of inorganic chemistry, 39(1), 248-255. DOI: 10.1039/b910889k
Reinoso, S., Dickman, M. H., Praetorius, A., Piedra-Garza, L. F., & Kortz, U. (2008). Phenyltin-substituted 9-tungstogermanate and comparison with its tungstosilicate analogue. Inorganic Chemistry, 47(19), 8798-8806. DOI: 10.1021/ic800852d
Praetorius, A., Bailey, D. M., Schwarzlose, T., & Nau, W. M. (2008). Design of a fluorescent dye for indicator displacement from cucurbiturils: A macrocycle-responsive fluorescent switch operating through a pK(a) shift. Organic Letters, 10(18), 4089-4092. DOI: 10.1021/ol8016275
Reinoso, S., Dickman, M. H., Praetorius, A., & Kortz, U. (2008). Low-temperature phase of hexaguanidinium heptamolybdate monohydrate. Acta Crystallographica. Section E: Structure Reports Online, 64, M614-U111. DOI: 10.1107/S1600536808008234
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