"Air concentrations of heavy metals are significantly higher at El Morell than at a background site (Cambrils)". This is the main conclusion on a recenty presented investigation led by Dr. Joaquim Rovira and Prof. Marta Schuhmacher.

TecnATox researchers analyzed the presence of several trace elements (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel, lead and vanadium) in air particulate matter (PM10) for three consecutive weeks at 2 different sites (El Morell and Cambrils), and the results were of great concern.

The study was financially supported by El Morell Town Council, and it was executed in parallel of another investigation led by Dr. Eva Gallego and Dr. José Francisco Perales, researchers of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), who focused on another group of air pollutants of high concern: volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) has published the Proposal for the provisional resolution of SGR-Cat 2021 to support the scientific activity of research groups in Catalonia. We are pleased to inform that all TecnATox research groups have been recognised by AGAUR as SGR:

2021 SGR 00213 - Nutrition and Metabolic Health - NuMeH
2021 SGR 00105 - Laboratori de Toxicologia i Salut Mediambiental - LTSM
2021 SGR 00149 - Recerca en Neurocomportament i Salut - NEUROLAB
2021 SGR 00738 - Environmental Analysis and Management using Computer Aided Process Engineering - AGACAPE
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Do you want to work on the determination and elimination of microplastics and other pollutants in biological, food and environmental samples?

We are hiring new personnel!

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In the framework of the EarlyCLOTHES project, researchers of TecnATox and the University of Sao Paulo, have published an article focused on the presence of 20 regulated amines (AAs) in clothes marketed in Brazil and Spain. Generally, higher levels of regulated AAs were found in samples sold in Brazil than in Spain, which is linked to the lack of regulation. Concentration values in clothing were also used to evaluate the dermal exposure to AAs in 3 vulnerable population groups: pregnant women, newborns and toddlers.

After the publication of the first results of the project, not only regulated amines but also formaldehyde, the investigation is now focused on the co-occurrence of other textile additives, such as non-regulated AAs, trace elements and bisphenols.

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Oliveira Souza MC, González N, Herrero M, Marquès M, Rovira J, Nadal M, Barbosa F, Domingo JL. Screening of regulated aromatic amines in clothing marketed in Brazil and Spain: Assessment of human health risks. Environ Res. 2023: 115264.

Dr. Jordi Sierra gave a presentation at the 1st Meeting of Microplastics in River Basins in México. The meeting was held in Puebla (Mexico) and also online (January, 10 and 11). The objective of this event, organized jointly by Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana de Puebla (UPMP) and Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), was to present topics related to sampling and quantification of microplastics, as well as their treatment, circular economy and policy. More information of this event can be found at



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On December 16, 2022, the Editorial Office of the Journal of Environmental Exposure Assessment (JEEA) conducted a special interview with Prof. José L. Domingo, Emeritus Director of TecnATox. Dr. Rui Hou (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China) was invited as the Guest Moderator. The full interview can be listened at


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Last weekend, Prof. José L. Domingo, Emeritus Director of TecnATox, was interviewed by Leafbox, and old school 2000s style blog that features a collection of interviews, notes, tunes, photography/art and personal interest projects. The full interview is available at


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As year 2022 is coming to an end, TecnATox is delighted to present a summary of the main actions of the research center performed this year. This information has been summarized in the newsletter, which can be dowloaded by clicking at this link.
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Prof. José L. Domingo, Emeritus Professor of Toxicology, was one of the scientific experts consulted by Antonio Cerrillo, journalist of La Vanguardia, to provide information about a very important healthy habit: the best way to wash fruits and vegetables with traces of food contaminants. The full piece of news can be found at



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The Erasmus + Project “DISCERN-A customised Digital Space to Foster Circular Economy Entrepreneurship with SMEs” has released the second newsletter. We invite you to read it in Spanish or English by clicking on this news.

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