Optimization of Microplastic Detection in Water Treatment Facilities and Soil
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Water and wastewater treatment plants return concentrated amounts of microplastics associated with potential health risks to water bodies and croplands. However, there is no standardized method of analysis for detecting microplastics that may vary in concentrations at different sites, making it impossible to predict the risks of exposure. The team will focus on improving and developing separation mechanisms to better characterize microplastic concentrations and look at how microplastics affect the environment once they are discharged from water treatment plants.
Amy Gruss, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Marina Koether, Ph.D.Professor of Chemistry
Daniel Ferreira, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Bharat Baruah, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry