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Microplastics are generally understood to be plastic particles with a diameter of less than 5 mm. Due to their size, they enter the food chain, are difficult to dispose of and very persistent. The pollution of water bodies is a global problem here in particular. The main sources of the small particles are components of cosmetics and mechanically crushed plastic products, such as plastic waste.

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  • Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

    A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source. The results of this research have been published in the Environmental Pollution journal. Wastewater can carry more

  • Microplastics transport metallic pollutants

    There are a relatively large number of studies on the accumulation and transport of persistent organic pollutants by microplastics, which has resulted in good data in this regard. Data, however, on the accumulation of metals that are toxic to the environment are very rare and sometimes scientificall more

  • When every particle counts

    Today, microplastics can be detected in almost every ecosystem in the world. Despite intensive research into this massive environmental problem, it is still a challenge to identify and quantify these synthetic particles made of various types of plastic in environmental samples. A team of researchers more

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  • Pollutants in ocean-floor sediment

    What kinds of contaminants are enriched in sediment – and are these then absorbed by the organisms that live there? What role do microplastics play? To answer these questions, Professor Gesine Witt’s team is using pollutant samplers made from silicone-coated glass fibre to investigate the sea floor. And not just as research for research’s sake but because the protection of our environment is a top priority. more

  • Light-regulated production of biodegradable plastics

    Light is a powerful tool to manipulate a vast variety of chemical processes. The use of specific photo-chromic molecules allows chemists to perform reactions in a reversible fashion with a high spatio-temporal resolution. more


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