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Challenges in Microplastics Research

Dr. Rui Chen interviews Jennifer Lynch, PhD, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Hawaii Pacific University, on her experience researching plastic contaminants in the Pacific Ocean. Part I covers Jennifer’s perspective on microplastic pollution, its impact on local economies, research funding and the technical challenges with microplastic identification. In part II, Jennifer shares her groups research using FTIR and FTIR Microscopy for microplastic and mesoplastic identification, from sample preparation to data reporting.

Watch this interview to hear from the experts regarding:

  • Latest trends in microplastics research
  • Techniques for analyzing samples
  • Effects of microplastics on living organisms