Willie Peijnenburg

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands


Willie Peijnenburg graduated from Eindhoven University Technology (from 1984 to 1988) and received the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering. From 1995 to 2001, Peijnenburg was a Senior Researcher/Project Manager, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands; since 2001, Peijnenburg has been a Scientific Coordinator at the Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands, and since 2009 a Professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University, The Netherlands and Extraordinary Chair Position “Environmental Toxicology and Biodiversity.” Peijnenburg's research interests are implementation of bioavailability of metals in risk assessment; development and application of quantitative structure activity relationships (QSARs) for the estimation of physical chemical properties and transformation rates of chemical substances in the environment, with the aim of using these QSARs in models for ecological risk assessment; transformation processes of chemical substances in natural ecosystems: development of methods for extrapolating data obtained in laboratory settings to realistic field conditions; fate and effects of nanomaterials in the environment: fate studies as affected by interactions with biotic and abiotic matrices and effect studies on aquatic and benthic organisms following assessment of the bioavailable form. Peijnenburg is an Editor of environmental chemistry of “Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry”; Editor of “Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management”; Member of the Editorial Board “Environmental Pollution”; Member of the Editorial Board “Journal of Safety and Environment”; Secretary of the IUPAC Division on Chemistry and the Environment; Board Member of the Section on Environmental Chemistry of the Dutch Royal Chemical Society; Project Leader of various projects in the fields of risk assessment and implementation of the Water Framework Directive; Member of the Founding Steering Committee of the Nano Advisory group of SETAC (Leader of Work Stream “Toxicokinetics/bioconcentration (ADME)”); Recipient of the 2009 “Excellence in Review Award” of ES&T.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2012

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