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Microplastic Pollutants introduces the reader to the growing problem of microplastic pollution in the aquatic environment and is the first ever book dedicated exclusively to the subject of microplastics. Importantly, this timely full-colour illustrated multidisciplinary book highlights the very recent realization that microplastics may transport toxic chemicals into food chains around the world.
Microplastic pollutants is currently an important topic in both industry and academia, as well as among legislative bodies, and research in this area is gaining considerable attention from both the worldwide media and scientific community on a rapidly increasing scale.
Ultimately, Microplastic Pollutants provides an excellent source of reference and information on microplastics for scientists, engineers, students, industry, policy makers and citizens alike.
1. The emergence of plastics
2. The contemporary history of plastics
3. Plastic production, waste and legislation
4. Physiochemical properties and degradation
5. Microplastics, standardisation and spatial distribution
6. The interactions of microplastics and chemical pollutants
7. The biological impacts and effects of contaminated microplastics
8. Microplastic collection techniques
9. Microplastic separation techniques
10. Microplastic identification techniques
Christopher Blair Crawford. PhD – Researcher in Chemistry and award winning Scientist. As an experienced researcher and having achieved three Distinctions and two University Medals, he works in partnership with the government at his research institution in actively investigating the possible chemical interactions of microplastics and pollutants and identifying their potential as vectors for the uptake and trophic transfer of contaminants in the aquatic environment.
Brian Quinn PhD. – Researcher in Biology and award winning Ecotoxicologist. With experience in both the government and academic sector, he has been published over 25 times, is an active peer reviewer across 18 journals and has attracted 1.5 million in grants to fund his research investigating the biological impacts of contaminants in the aquatic environment. He is currently leading the MASTS Scottish Microplastics Research group.