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Microplastics

Microplastic

Plastic is an integral material in society today, but it's degradation and abrasion into micro-particles and -fibres, known as microplastics, throughout its life cycle presents a global environmental issue. Recently, the contamination of the food we eat and the air we breathe by microplastics has prompted concerns for public health due to our inevitable exposure, the consequences of which are unknown. 

Our team's interdisciplinary research addresses these important knowledge gaps across human exposure to accumulation to toxicology. Focusing on inhalation, our current work includes quantifying airborne microplastics in health-relevant size fractions as an indication of exposure; developing techniques for the detection of microplastics in complex environmental and biological matrices; and assessing the toxicity of microplastics using in vitro models of the human airway. 

 

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