Research Type: American Chemistry Council

  • Assessing microplastic deposition in sediment cores from a contiguous water system (microDETECT)

    Researchers / Institutional Affiliations Principal Investigator Collaborators Timeline The project runs from early 2024 to early 2026 (24 months). Additional information It will assess how the composition and abundance of transported MP have changed over time by determining deposition rates in riverine, estuarine and marine sediment cores collected from multiple sampling sites, as well as […] Read more

  • Using software assisted literature review to identify critical micro- and nanoplastic (MNP) literature and areas for high-impact research

    Collaborators ToxStrategies, LLC (US) Timeline Completion 3Q 2024 Additional information Professional Presentations Presented at Society of Toxicology Annual meeting, March 2024 in Salt Lake, UT. Published Papers N/A Read more

  • Characterization of indoor and outdoor exposures to airborne microplastic particles

    Collaborators Timeline Analyses via Pyro-GC-MS to commence in spring 2024, with results being prepared fo publication by the end of 2024 Additional information Studies of indoor and outdoor air and settled dust have found plastic particles with varying compositions (polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, polyvinyl chloride, nylon), morphologies (fibers, fragments, spheres), and sizes, including submicrometer particles up […] Read more

  • Lower size limits of microplastics and challenges for detection in complex samples

    Researchers / Institutional Affiliations Co-principal Investigators Collaborators Timeline Kick-off date: October 13, 2023; projected completion date: October 2024. A presentation and a paper describing study results are planned. Additional information Professional Presentations N/A Published Papers N/A Read more

  • Polymer Kit 2.0: Reference materials to help standardize microplastics research

    Collaborators Timeline Donated materials were received in December 2022. Two LDPE powders will be ready to market in 2024. Additional information Two polyethylene microplastic materials were well-characterized to provide researchers with standardized materials for microplastic research. Analysis of materials included use of various polymer identification methods, including attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR FTIR), […] Read more

  • Polymer Kit 1.0: Reference materials to help standardize microplastics research

    Collaborators Timeline Funding and polymers were received in June 2020; Polymer Kit 1.0 was completed and launched onto the market in November 2020. Additional information Professional Presentations Polymer Kit 1.0 – To Harmonize Plastic Pollution Research, Pacific Northwest Consortium on Plastics (virtual) Polymer Kit 1.0 – Usefulness of Polymer Reference Materials in Marine Debris […] Read more

  • Method development for the extraction of microplastics from sediment

    Collaborators Timeline Estimated publication date of study findings, March 2023. Additional Information Professional Presentations A Novel Method for the Extraction of Microplastics from Marine Sediment, PacifiChem (virtual) Effective microplastic extraction from deep sea sediment with an affordable and easily accessible density separation device, 7th International Marine Debris Conference (IMDC; Busan, Republic of Korea), September 18-23, […] Read more

  • Reliably generating microplastic particles using novel methods

    Collaborators Timeline Q3 2024 Additional information Professional Presentations N/A Published Papers N/A Read more

  • Development of silicon nanomembrane analysis pipelines (SNAPs) to characterize microplastics

    Researchers / Institutional Affiliations Co-principal Investigators Collaborators Timeline Project is expected to be completed by September 2024 with publication of findings to follow in late 2024 or early 2025. Additional information Microplastics are found in natural waters and in foods and drinks derived from these waters; microplastics are thus ingested and inhaled by humans and […] Read more

  • Microplastics systematic review for mammalian developmental and reproductive toxicity endpoints

    Researchers / Institutional Affiliations Timeline Completion 3Q24 Additional Information Professional Presentations Fitch S, Rogers J, Marty S, Ellis-Hutchings R, Becker R, Wikoff D. Development of a Study Quality Tool for Use in a Systematic Review of Literature Reporting Microplastic Exposure andReproductive and Developmental Toxicity. Society of Toxicology’s 62nd Annual Meeting, March 2023, Nashville Tennessee (US). […] Read more