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Nano-Safety Research Group

Specialists in the assessment of nanomaterial toxicity to human health and the environment

Dr Matthew Boyles

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – investigating the toxicity of high temperature insulation wools (HTIW) and crystalline silica.Matt Website cropped

Matthew Boyles is a research toxicologist, focussing on toxicity induced by nanomaterials and fibres in mammalian in vitro systems. Matthew joined the NanoSafety Group at Heriot Watt University (HWU) in 2015 under funding provided by ECFIA, who represent the European High Temperature Insulation Wool industry in matters relating to health and safety. High-temperature insulation wools (HTIW) are largely composed of silica, and have fibrous dimensions. During use, and exposure to high temperatures, these materials form crystalline silica, primarily as cristobalite. The current work focusses on determining if the fibre dimensions and/or formation of crystalline silica can elicit toxicity.

Prior to joining HWU Matthew was employed as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular Biology at Paris Lodron University Salzburg, on the EU FP7 funded project NanoValid, and before this as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the same institute. Matthew’s PhD, entitled “The toxicity and potential pathogenicity of high-performance engineered multi-walled carbon nanotubes”, was obtained from Edinburgh Napier University.