Position

PhD Candidate

Contact Details

Phone: +61(0)409 581 906
Fax: +61(0)7 3274 9003

Email: v.schacht@uq.edu.au
Postal:
Entox
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108
Australia

Background

Veronika completed her bachelor degree in Environmental Management at the University of Giessen (Germany). The final research project for her Bachelor degree was focused on the impact from metal nanoparticle on environmentally relevant microorganisms. Veronika commenced an Entox traineeship in February 2012 in the Source and Fate of Micropollutants Group.

Veronika started her PhD in January 2013 on “processes governing surfactant facilitated transport of super-hydrophobic organic contaminants”. The study focuses on investigating the key mechanisms driving the transport of super-hydrophobic contaminants in soil facilitated by surfactants.  In January 2014 Veronika visited the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) in Utrecht, Netherlands to investigate the effect of surfactants mixtures on critical micelle concentration and sorption behaviour as part of her PhD.
 
Veronika is funded by an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and a University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship (UQCent).

Research Interests

Transport potential, mechanisms and fate of super-hydrophobic contaminants in the environment, instrumental analysis of organic contaminants

Selected Research Projects

Entox

February 2012 - July 2012
 
Research on release and transport processes of toxic super hydrophobic organic compounds and what role surfactants may play in facilitating these processes under the supervision of A/Prof. Caroline Gaus and Dr Sharon Grant

Institute of Applied and General Microbiology, Giessen, Germany

October 2010 – October 2011

Development of a testing method to determine the toxicity of metal nanoparticle on microorganisms, exemplary shown for silver and palladium nanoparticle under supervision of Dr. M. Bunge

Current Supervisors

Dr Sharon Grant

A/Prof. Caroline Gaus

Selected Publications

V.J. Schacht, L.V. Neumann, S.K. Sandhi, L. Chen, T. Henning, P.J. Klar, K. Theophel, S. Schnell, M. Bunge, 2013. Effects of silver nanoparticles on microbial growth dynamics. Journal of Applied Microbiology 114, 25-35.

Grant, S, Schacht, V, Villa, CA, Escher, B, Gaus, C (2012), Surfactant facilitated transport of super-hydrophobic contaminants: polymer based methods to investigate partitioning to micelles. Organohalogen Compounds 74, 347-350.

K. Senior, S. Muller, V. J. Schacht and M. Bunge, 2012. Antimicrobial Precious-Metal Nanoparticles and their Use in Novel Materials. Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture 4, 200-209.