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Department Environmental Modeling Sensing and Analysis – TNO

Contact Details


Princetonlaan 6, 3584 CB Utrecht

Dr. ir. T.J. Nijdam

+31 64 684 7430

Hotel Description

The department Environmental Modeling Sensing and Analysis (EMSA) of TNO is an internationally recognized specialist in the study of substances that are harmful for human health and the environment. Our well-equipped laboratories enable us to determine the precise composition and amounts of harmful substances (e.g. dioxins, particulates, pesticides, PAHs and asbestos) in different compartments (e.g. air, water, biological material and consumer products). We develop new samping and analysis methods for studying complex questions about the effects of harmful substances on human health and the environment.

EMSA’s wide porfolio includes the following topics relevant to the life sciences:

– Development and assessment of sampling and analysis methods, including passive sampling

– Development and assessment of detection and identification methods for particulates / (ultra)fine particles and fibers (including microplastics, mineral fibers, nanoparticles) in different compartments (including air, water and biological material)

– Bio-monitoring

– Development and assessment of bio assays





  • Biomedical & health
  • Other
  • Advanced microscopy
  • Sensor development and application
  • Enironmental Chemistry
  • Biological Imaging
  • Toxicology

Expertise and Track Record


  • Journal of Applied Toxicology RESEARCH ARTICLE A practical approach to assess inhalation toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in vitro Anita C. A. Dankers C. Frieke Kuper Anja J. Boumeester Babs O. Fabriek Ingeborg M. Kooter Mariska Gröllers‐Mulderij Peter Tromp Inge Nelissen Esther K. Zondervan‐Van Den Beuken Rob J. Vandebriel, A practical Approach to assess inhalation toxicity of metal oxide nanopartyicles in vitro, Journal of Applied Toxicicty 38(2) (2018) 160-171
  • R. Beelen, IM Kooter et al. Natural-Cause Mortality and Long-Term Exposure to Particle Components: An Analysis of 19 European Cohorts within the Multi-Center ESCAPE Project, Environmental Health Perspectives 123 (2015) 525-533
  • Aleksandra Jedynska, Peter C. Tromp, Marc M.G. Houtzager, Ingeborg M. Kooter, Chemical characterization of biofuel exhaust emissions, Atmospheric Environment 116 (2015) 172-182
  • Peter C. Tromp, Eelco Kuijpers, Cindy Bekker, Lode Godderis, Qing Lan, Aleksandra D. Jedynska, Roel Vermeulen and Anjoeka Pronk, A New Approach Combining Analytical Methods for Workplace Exposure Assessment of Inhalable Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 2017, Vol. 61, No. 7, 759–772
  • Peter C.Tromp, HenryBeeltje, Joseph O.Okemebe, RoelVermeulen, AnjoekaPronk, Miriam L.Diamond, Calibration of polydimethylsiloxane and polyurethane foam passive air samplers for measuring semi volatile organic compounds using a novel exposure chamber design, Chemosphere 227 (2019) 435-443

Hotel Characteristics


  • Field Emission Scanning electron microscopy (Tescan MAIA III GMH)
  • Fourier transform infrared microscopy (Thermo Nicolet iN10MX)
  • Modular HPLC-system UV/Fluorescence (Agilent 1100)
  • Triple Quad LC/MS (Agilent 6410)
  • LC-MS – 1100 series MSD (Agilent)
  • ATD GC-MSD (Perlin Elmer + Agilent)
  • 7000 GC/MS Triple Quad (Agilent)
  • HR-ICP MS (Agilent)
  • ICP-MS (Thermo)

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