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Microplastics' Composition and Role as Vectors for Persistent Organic Pollutants

Show simple item record Nguyen, Han Rhoades, Benjamin Wigode, Evan Hutchinson, Thomas Foster, Gregory D. Sklarew, Daniel M. 2019-10-31T19:44:05Z 2019-10-31T19:44:05Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Plastic is everywhere and once in a water body, some break down into pieces less than 5mm known as microplastics (MPs). MPs come from various sources, and it is hard to know where they originate. Previously published studies have relied on Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) to identify the types of MPs. In this study, FTIR imaging system was used to determine the composition of MPs in the samples collected in the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Recent studies have also raised concern over the ability of plastic particles to accumulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs), organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation. Therefore, this study also aimed to investigate the presence and distribution of POPs absorbed to the post-consumer microplastics deployed into the Occoquan River.
dc.description.sponsorship Patriot Green Fund; Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
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dc.subject Freshwater Ecology en_US
dc.subject Microplastics en_US
dc.title Microplastics' Composition and Role as Vectors for Persistent Organic Pollutants en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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