Anders Baun

Environmental Contamination & Chemicals

  • Bygningstorvet, 115, 140

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Personal profile


Anders Baun is professor in risk assessment of nanomaterials and head of the Environmental Fate and Effects of Chemicals Section at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He has a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering (DTU, 1994) and holds a Ph.D. in application of biotests for characterization of contaminated water samples (DTU, 1998). His post doc. research focused at risk assessment, chemical, and biological aspects of groundwater pollution. His main research area has since 2006 been environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials. Here he works in the interface between science and regulation with a strong focus on novel experimental approaches for fate and effects assessment of nanomaterials.

In 2011 Anders Baun received one the European Research Council’s Consolidator Grants for excellent European researchers. He has been the project leader at DTU for several research projects receiving both national and international funding, e.g. five EU FP7/H2020 projects.

He is the author of more than 250 scientific peer-reviewed contributions, >130 of which are ISI papers. Several of his papers are published in very high ranked journals like Nature Nanotechnology and Angewandte Chemie (invited review).  In 2021 his ISI papers were cited more than 1,000 times.

Since 2012 he has been associate editor for Nanotoxicology one of the world’s leading journals in toxicity of nanomaterials. He has been an expert member of several international committees on nanomaterials and risk, e.g. EU’s scientific committee for new and emerging risks (SCENIHR) and the Swiss Research Foundation programme for nanotechnology

In 2008 he received the DADES Environmental Award, in 2011 the Statoil Technology Prize, and the World Cultural Council’s Special Recognition Award 2012 for his research in environmental effects of nanomaterials.  In 2009 he was awarded as “PhD Supervisor of the Year” at DTU.

Anders Baun has supervised 19 Ph.D. students (13 as main supervisor), two of which has been rewarded for the excellence of their PhD theses. He has supervised 42 M.Sc. projects at DTU and given more than 500 lectures at M.Sc. and B.Sc. level at Danish universities.

Other information

Associate editor of Nanotoxicology (2012-)

Associate editor of Water Research (2004-2008).

 Member of the Steering Committee of NRP (National Research Project) 64 "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials", Swiss Research Foundation (2009-2013).

Member of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) task force for the research programme “Solving Environmental Problems with Nanotechnology (2012-2013)

Invited expert member: “Nanosilver, Safety, Health and Environmental effects and role in antimicrobial Resistance”. SCENIHR, European Commission (2012-2013)

Member of the Expert Group “Impact of nanomaterials on human health.” European Academies Science Advisory Council/ European Commission Joint Research Centre (2010-2011)

Organizer and teacher of continuing education courses in environmental risk assessment for the staff at the European Chemicals Agency, European Commission, Helsinki, Finland (2012-2013)

 Member of scientific committee of the conference NanoToxicology 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

Member of the Advisory Board for NanoSphere Research Centre, Gothenburg University, Sweden (2009-2014)

Team leader in NanoREM, MARINA, NanoImpactNet and ENRHES. Four EU FP7 projects on nanomaterials and risks.

Member of scientific committee of the conference NanoToxicolgy 2010, Edinburgh, UK.

Member of the scientific committee for NanoImpactNet – QNano conference, “From theory to practice - development, training and enabling nanosafety and health research”, 27 February to 2 March 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Member of the scientific committee of the 3rd NanoImpactNet Conference, Lausanne, CH.

Invited speaker/keynote speaker at fourteen international conferences/workshops, e.g. the 6th International Conference of Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, London, 19-21 September 2011.

Reviewer of research proposals for Danish Research Council (DK), Natural Environmental Research Council (UK), Environmental Protection Agency (UK), The Norwegian Research Council (N), FORMAS (S), The Estonian Science Foundation (Estonia), The Finnish Research Council (FI), The Research Council of Switzerland (CH), Luxembourg Research Council (L), National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (CA).

Reviewer for Aquatic Toxicology, Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Research, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Nanomedicine, Nanotoxicology, Waste Management, Water Research, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Invited expert in the EU FP6 project RiskBridge on environmental impacts of nanotechnology.

Organizer of Nano-Ecotox-Risk session at 16th SETAC Europe Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, 7-11 May 2006 & 17th SETAC Europe Conference in Porto, Portugal, 20-24 May 2007.

Member of expert group in nanomaterials, the Norwegian Technological Council (2007-2008).

 Member of the working group “Aquatic Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” under the German Water Chemical Society (2007-2009).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineer, Technical University of Denmark


External positions

Head of Section, DTU Environment

2013 → …

Professor, DTU Environment

2011 → …

Head of Innovation, DTU Environment


Associate professor, DTU Environment


Assistant research professor, DTU Environment


Scientific advisor, Phuket Marine Biological Center, Thailand


PhD Student, DTU Environment


Research Assistant, DTU



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  • Nanomaterials
  • Risk assessment
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Chemicals
  • Environmental Chemistry


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