Platinum and platinum group metals in the urban environment
Start of project 1998-01-01
End of project 2006-01-01
Research is still ongoing without financing.
The project uses a method, used to measure the concentrations of platinum in blood during treatment with cancer drugs. The method has been used during the project to analyze particles from car catalysts. Based on these analysis, the researchers were then able to calculate the emissions of platinum into the urban environment while these catalysts break down in the urban environment.
During the 90's, global measurments were performed in order to estimate the spread of nanoparticles of platinum. The studies revealed the distribution came through the food chain, from raptors. The project was part of the EU CEPLACA project, working to develop reliable analytic techniques.