Dr. J.L.M. (Joop) Hermens

Dr. J.L.M. (Joop) Hermens

Assistant Professor
One Health Toxicology
j.l.m.hermens@uu.nl

Positions
associate professor, Utrecht University
honorary professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane
head of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry section
(retired in June 2016)

Research interests
The research was directed towards a better understanding of the exposure of contaminants in the environment in relation to effects on ecosystems and on human health. Within this line of research, new technologies have been developed for the estimation of the bioavailable and internal concentrations of organic contaminants in both aquatic and terrestrial organisms and compartments (soil and sediment). In a broader perspective, the group is interested in dynamic aspects of exchange processes at a micro scale (from cells to clay minerals).

Selection of research projects
- Dutch Science Foundation (STW) (2013-2017), 4 year project (PhD and post doc) “Hydrophobicity of Surfactants”.
- Netherlands Forensic Institute (2012-2016), 4 year PhD project “Solid-phase microextraction as a new fast tool for sampling in postmortem redistribution studies”.
- Unilever (2012-2016), 4 year PhD project “Environmental fate and bioavailability of organic cationic compounds”, jointly with Dr. Steven Droge.
- European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC (2010-2012), 3 year project “Critical Body Residue Validation for Aquatic Organisms Exposed to Chemicals Causing Toxicity by Baseline Narcosis”, jointly with Dr. Michiel T.O. Jonker.
- European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC (2008-2012), 4 year PhD project “Towards an understanding of the bioavailability and partition behaviour of cationic surfactants”, jointly with Dr. Steven Droge.
- Natural Environment Research Council, UK, Environment and Health Programme (ERA-NET), 3 year post doc project “”Environmental change and rising DOC trends: Implications for public health”, jointly with Dr. Michiel T.O. Jonker.
- EU-FP7 Integrated project (2008-2012), 4-year PhD project "Profiling the toxicity of new drugs: a non animal-based approach integrating toxico-dynamics and biokinetics, Predict-IV” (in collaboration with Dr. B.J. Blaauboer).
- Concawe (2007-2008), 2 year scientist project “Liposome-water partitioning and baseline toxicity of hydrophobic petroleum hydrocarbons”. Jointly with Dr. Michiel T.O. Jonker.
- EU-FP6 Integrated project (2006-2009), 3-year post doc project "Dynamic Sensing of Chemical Pollution Disasters and Predictive Modelling of their Spread and Ecological Impact".
- EU-FP6 Marie Curie Host Fellowships for Early Stage Researchers (2004-2008), 4-year PhD project "Risk Assessment of surfactants in Coastal Environments".
- EU-FP6 Integrated project (2004-2008), 4-year PhD project "Optimization and pre-validation of an in vitro test strategy for predicting human acute toxicity" (in collaboration with Dr. B.J. Blaauboer).