Polly Cooper

SAFENANO Scientist

Polly works as a Research Scientist in IOM’s Research Division within the SAFENANO group. Her work involves assessing nanomaterial exposure, namely in occupational settings, and providing guidance and advice to ensure safe working practices.

Polly began working within the Analytical section (Mineralogy) in 2017 where she was trained in the identification of asbestos in bulk and soil samples. Her job role within Mineralogy involved many areas of analysis, all of which worked to UKAS standards. She then became involved in the Chemistry section of the laboratory at the IOM, assisting in ICP/AES metal analysis. In 2018 Polly moved from a dual-role, working in both the laboratory and within SAFENANO, into a full-time post in SAFENANO. Her role within SAFENANO provides scientific and technical experience to a range of research and consultancy projects, primarily focused on supporting industry in the responsible development, commercialisation and use of nanomaterials. She is involved in providing on-site exposure measurements, which includes identifying and evaluating potential exposure to hazards and particle characterisation. During her time in SAFENANO, Polly has worked on EU H2020 projects including OptiNanoPro, EIROS and NanoTextSurf.

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Qualifications:

  • MChem Chemistry (First Class Honours, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)
  • BOHS P401 “Identification of Asbestos in Bulk samples”
  • BOHS W501 “Measurment of Hazardous Substances”

Society Membership:

  • Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS)

Research Interests:

Polly’s research interests focus on the impact of nanomaterials on human health. This consists of determining the potential exposure to both workers and users, and investigating the effects of exposure through toxicological studies.