Trojan Horse Award 2021

24th ETH-Conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles

June 22nd - 24th, 2021 (online conference)

During combustion processes, toxic, partially carcinogenic substances are released, especially from vehicles and industrial processes. Nanometer-sized soot particles provide much surface area for the adsorption of other compounds. "Loaded" soot changes in the atmosphere by photo-chemistry. When inhaled by humans, it translocates through our lungs into the human organism, which affects cells and the entire organism. This is what is meant by the "Trojan Horse" phenomenon, which shall be highlighted by this dedicated award that recognizes insightful research that increases knowledge in this field.

Trojan Horse Award Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser (in absentia)
  • Jacques Schiltknecht
  • Dr. Norbert Heeb

The winner of the 2021 Trojan Horse Award was also announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 24th. This dedicated award is recognized by SFr 2,000 (approx. $2,200 U.S.) in prize money.


The winner of the 2021 Trojan Horse Award is:

Trojan Horse Award 2021

Trojan Horse Award 2021

Dr. Uschi M. Graham
, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (USA)
Differentiating Translocated Exogenous vs Bio-generated Endogenous Nanoparticle Types in Olfactory Bulb of Humans with Neurodegeneration

Many congratulations to the winner of the 2021 Trojan Horse Award!

Certificate (pdf)


Article in OEKOSKOP,, 3/21, page 6

Article in OEKOSKOP, Vereinigung "Ärztinnen und Ärzte für Umweltschutz", 3/21, page 6: