P11 - Wageningen Marine Research
- Last Updated: 18 October 2016
Wageningen Marine Research specialises in strategic and applied marine ecological research with a focus on Marine Living Resource Management (the sustainable conservation, harvesting and multiple use of the sea and coastal areas). The institute is composed of the former Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research (RIVO) and divisions of Alterra and TNO. The institute has modern research facilities and is ISO-9001 certified. The core competencies are (salt) water ecology, water quality and the related environmental risks of contaminants, biological production systems and optimisation of the sustainable multifunctional use within the marine environment, coastal and catchments areas. To this end, the focal areas include field research, experiments on a realistic scale, laboratory-scale exploratory studies, data management and modelling. Our chemical analytical laboratory is specialized in environmental and food safety samples. The chemical laboratory of Wageningen Marine Research has specially trained and accreditated analysis of a wide variety of organic contaminants (BFRs, PFOS, OCP, TBT, PAHs) in environmental matrices (water, particulate matter, biota), as well as parameters as dry weight, ash and fat. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art analysis equipment like two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC), a Time of Flight mass spectrometer (GC-TOF-MS), gas chromatography with mass selective detection (GC-MS) and several gas chromatographs with several configurations and injection techniques. Also the lab has liquid chromatography equipment with UV, scatter or fluorescence detection (HPLC), but also mass selective detection (HPLC-ESI-MS). Wageningen Marine Research has been involved in many EU research projects, notably are STAMPS, development and deployment of passive samplers, MODELKEY, looking for key (emergent) toxic components in the aquatic environment and BIOTOX, in which new methods for biotoxin analysis as well as HACCP protocols were developed.
Key personnel involved
Michiel Kotterman PhD is project leader at Wageningen Marine Research, department of Environment. He has been involved for over 10 years in national monitoring programmes in both seas as inland waters, concerning analysis of known and emerging contaminants in biota, water, sediments and passive samplers.
Christiaan Kwadijk is senior analyst with a vast experience in development and validation of analysis methods for e.g. fluorinated compounds, organotin compounds and finger printing techniques with GC-GC-MS.