Special Issue "Risk Mitigation of Microplastics Pollution Towards a Sustainable Future"

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2020 (closed)
Guest Editors
Wan-Ting Chen
Wan-Ting (Grace) Chen is an Assistant Professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Grace’s ongoing work focuses on valorization of plastic waste into useful products, including pristine polymers, fuels, specialty chemicals, and monomers.
Sheree Pagsuyoin
Sheree Pagsuyoin is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. Her research interests are in the areas of emerging micropollutants' fate and transport, water treatment, and water resources management.
Onur Apul
Onur Apul is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UML. He has more than 10 years of research experience in environmental engineering field specifically focusing on novel physicochemical water treatment technologies.

Summary

Microplastic pollution stems from global plastic waste mismanagement. Microplastics include degraded or mass-produced plastics less than 5 mm in size. Due to this small size, the environmental fate and potential ecological impacts of microplastics differ from general plastic wastes. The biological toxicity of particles, their internal components, and their surface changes all present opportunities for these particles to adversely affect the environment around them (Reimonn et al., 2019).

In addition, microplastics may interact with other emerging pollutants such as xenobiotics (e.g., persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFAs)). The interaction between microplastic and these emerging pollutants remains a critical knowledge gap that makes mitigation solutions limited.

The overall goal of this special issue is to shed light in the area of risk mitigation of microplastics by developing proper methods to characterize microplastic pollution and their consequences on our health and the environment . New knowledge reported in this special issue will provide guidance for future risk mitigation of microplastics, as well as the design of sensors to detect and prevent microplastic pollution in aquatic environments. Through this special issue, we hope to 1) collect and highlight the state-of-the-art of risk mitigation of microplastic, 2) explore and document their potential interactions with emerging pollutants, and 3) evaluate lifecycle and risk assessment of microplastics/xenobiotics in the environment.


Keywords
Microplastic; Persistent organic pollutants (POPs); PFAs; Xenobiotics; Plastic recycling; Plastic additives; Life cycle analysis; Risk Assessment; Circular economy