Nordic Network for Research on Fluorinated Compounds

This network focuses on enhancing our understanding of the effects of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) on the environment and on humans.

Per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) have been used since the 1950s in a multitude of industrial applications and consumer products. However, they do not break down, and have toxic effects on humans and animals. Given the potential adverse effects of these substances on the environment and humans, we need better understanding of the behaviour of existing substances as well as potential replacements.

This research issue is particularly important for close to industrialised areas, but also for pristine environments that need to be protected. The fact that large quantities of non-biodegradable and toxic chemicals are conveyed to pristine environments in the Nordic region is unacceptable, and competence in this research field is necessary in order to protect the environment.

22 participating research groups with complementary expertise in research on PFCs participate in this network. The network will organise scientific symposia, discussion workshops and PhD courses. Graduate students and researchers can apply for exchange grants to get access to complementary research methods not available at their institutions. This can also contribute to transferring knowledge between network partners and to stimulating joint research applications (e.g. joint European or other international projects).

Facts about the project
Project leader

Ian Cousins, Stockholm university, Sweden