Trojan Horse Award 2022

25th ETH-Conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles

June 21-23, 2022 (online conference)

During all combustion processes, especially motor and industrial ones, toxic, partly carcinogenic molecules are released. Their adsorption on the surface of soot particles (especially in the nano range), transport mechanisms and (photo)chemical changes of the loaded soot in the atmosphere, translocation of the soot through the lungs into the human organism as well as into other living beings and effects on cells and the entire organism are summarized as the so-called Trojan Horse phenomenon. Only a pluri-disciplinary approach, as offered by the "ETH Conference for Combustion Generated Nanoparticles", provides a scientifically sound understanding of such complex processes, which is indispensable for correct information of the authorities and the general public and enables targeted technical and regulatory measures. In order to promote this understanding, the association "Ärztinnen und Ärzte für Umweltschutz" (AefU) presents the "Trojan Horse Award" of CHF 2000 for excellent publications on this topic. The AefU is dedicated to protecting human health and the basis of life for future generations. Air pollution control is one of its most important preventive measures, which it has pursued tirelessly since it was founded in 1987.

The winner of the 2022 Trojan Horse Award is:

Trojan Horse Award 2021


Anusmita Das,
Joint Mass Spectrometry Center (JMSC), "Comprehensive Molecular Analytics" (CMA), Helmholtz Munich, Germany
Generation and characterization of ultrafine soot particles with similar physical but varying chemical properties enabling differential toxicological assessment in human lung cells (pdf)

Many congratulations to the winner of the 2022 Trojan Horse Award!

Certificate (pdf)