Iseult Lynch is a physical chemist specialising in understanding the interface between engineered nanomaterials and the environment (biotic and abiotic components) and how this determines their ultimate fate and behaviour.
Iseult Lynch has been actively involved in research to elucidate the mechanisms involved in potential toxicity of nanomaterials, including being centrally involved in the pioneering studies regarding the nanoparticle-protein corona, for which she received the US National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize for 2007 (with her co-authors). She is now applying these concepts to assessing nanomaterial behavior in more complex environments and whole organisms, looking for example at the role of secreted proteins and polysaccharides as well as dissolved organic matter in determining nanomaterials environmental fate, transformation and biouptake. Her expertise spans nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and environmental interactions (biomolecules, cells, organisms). She is WP leader in Horizon2020 projects NanoFASE, NanoGenTools, a partner in EC4SafeNano and Coordinator of NanoCommons (starting January 2018) and part of the UoB Coordination team for ACEnano. Recent projects also include research on the impacts of microplastics on aquatic organisms such as Daphnia and biofilms, and industry-sponsored projects Life Cycle Assessment of new processes for treatment of waste and waste water. She has co-authored over 120 scientific publications, several of which have >500 citations, leading to a h-index of 42 (Research Gate, December 2016). She is Chair (Professor) in Environmental Nanosciences at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UoB), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano (impact factor 5.896).