Trojan Horse Award 2022

25th ETH Nanoparticles Conference (NPC)

June 21-23, 2022 (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
  • Jacques Schiltknecht

The winner of the 2022 Trojan Horse Award was also announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 23rd. This dedicated award is recognized by SFr 2,000 (approx. $2,100 U.S.) in prize money.

The winner of this year's Trojan Horse Award was:

Trojan Horse Award 2021

Certificate (pdf)

Anusmita Das with the Trojan Horse award certificate

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 Ms. Das for winning the 2022 Trojan Horse Award!


Article in OEKOSKOP 3/22, page 6, edited by Dr. Oliver F. Bischof, Awards Chair of the ETH-NPC (in German)

Anusmita Das, winner of the Trojan Horse Award 2022