On the hunt for nanoplastics and their biological impact

Name of applicant

Elvis Genbo Xu


Associate Professor


University of Southern Denmark


DKK 6,138,000



Type of grant

Research Infrastructure


The cutting-edge microscopy+nanospectroscopy platform, named mIRage-LS, enables rapid, precise, reproducible, and automated measurement of nanoplastics in various (a)biotic samples. It is the first and only of its kind with super spatial resolution and accurate chemical mapping features, holding unique potential to revolutionize our understanding of nanoplastics’ environmental and health impacts.


Every year, ~8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans, posing environmental and health threats, but their detection, especially at the nanoscale, remains challenging. With the ground-breaking mIRage-LS platform, we aim to bridge knowledge gaps, address ecological and human health concerns, and support evidence-based policies to combat plastic pollution in Denmark and globally.


Our project centers on precise particle, chemical, and cellular analysis using the mIRage-LS. It will foster a strong community including Danish Center for Hadal Research, Danish Center for Research in Marine Plastic Pollution, Danish Molecular Biomedical Imaging Center, Natural History Museum of Denmark. As the project starts, our user group is expected to grow largely beyond plastic research.

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