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Microplastics' Composition and Role as Vectors for Persistent Organic Pollutants

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dc.contributor.author Nguyen, Han
dc.contributor.author Rhoades, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author Wigode, Evan
dc.contributor.author Hutchinson, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Foster, Gregory D.
dc.contributor.author Sklarew, Daniel M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-31T19:44:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-31T19:44:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11625
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 *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
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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