New methodology to tackle eco-threat of microplastics and nanoplastics
We recognise that plastic, be it bottles, straws, bags, etc., often ends up in waterbodies, threatening aquatic fauna. Identifying and characterising these pollutants is relatively easy. However, we lack reliable quantitative results because the techniques used lack sensitivity and/or precision. The EU-funded AQUPLAST project seeks to develop a new method of monitoring microplastic and nanoplastic distribution in environmental compartments and improve risk assessment in environmental and human health. Based on liquid chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry, the methodology utilised will lead to a stronger understanding of the risks of microplastic and nanoplastic pollution, as well as a correlation of the presence of microplastics and nanoplastics with anthropogenic and seasonal factors.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Main Programme
Funding SchemeHORIZON-AG-UN - HORIZON Unit Grant
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