Svenja Mintenig is a PhD student at Utrecht University (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development) and also working in the team Chemical Water Quality and Health (CWG) of KWR under the supervision of prof. dr. Annemarie van Wezel.
Before coming to the Netherlands Svenja studied (Marine) Environmental Science at Oldenburg University and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helgoland, where she started examining microplastics in marine plankton, waste and drinking water samples. Although research on plastic pollution is being conducted for some time, there is no consistent methodology and especially information about small plastics are lacking. Thus, one aim of her PhD is the development of an analytical protocol that consistently determines plastic in water and sediment samples. Complete consideration from the so far unknown nano-fraction to visible plastic is achieved by combining spectroscopic and thermo-chemical methods. Further, Svenja is interested in processes that determine fate and behaviour of plastic particles in the environment or during water processing. Her PhD topic is part of the STW- financed project TRAMP (Technologies for the Risk AssessMent of MicroPlastic).