Analysis of Micro(nano) plastics in the environment

This special issue’s focus on micro-plastics in the environment supports multiple SDGs. As a result of global plastic production and consumption practices, micro- and nanoplastics are emerging pollutants in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Research continues to identify microplastic’s detrimental impacts on biota, ecosystem services and human health.

SDG 9, target 5 encourages enhanced scientific research and technological capabilities across all countries. This special issue seeks to explore current microplastic research and enhance scientific methodologies and analytical techniques surrounding micro- and nanoplastic in the environment. Strengthening of microplastic research will significantly support many of the SDGs, including SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 62-72.

This article expresses the need for standardized analytical methods and techniques in microplastic research, supporting SDGs 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life under water) and 15 (life on land).
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019,Pages 37-46.

Contributing to SDGs 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 14 (life under water) and 15 (life on land), this article identifies research priorities for current and future studies on microplastics and their interaction with organisms.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 112, 2019, Pages 234-240.

This research examines the effects of microplastic pollution on aquatic ecosystems from an ecology perspective, supporting SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 14 (life below water).
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 112, March 2019, Pages 248-254.

Directly contributing to SDG's 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 14 (life below water), this review explores current methods to identify sources of freshwater microplastic pollution. Effective identification of these sources will help shape and develop future best management practices.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 113, April 2019, Pages 392-401.

This article explores a previously overlooked form of microplastic pollution. Directly relevant to SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 14 (life below water), this research investigates the interactions between tire derived microplastics and organic matter within the environment.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 375-392.

This critical review develops SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 14 (life below water), exploring the impact of microplastics and smaller nanoplastics within freshwater ecosystems.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 116, July 2019, Pages 346-359.

Focussing on SDG's 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 14 (life below water), this review piece identifies limitations in current methodologies and practices used to study microplastics in seafood. Future studies may be improved by harmonising research methods, including sampling, isolation, quantification, polymer identification, and contamination management procedures.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 150-159.

This critical review evaluates environmental microplastic research methodologies. Developing standardized sampling techniques may advance the efficiency, accuracy and ease of future microplastic research. Improved understanding of microplastic impacts will advance progress towards multiple SDG's.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 113, April 2019, Pages 402-408.

This review discusses the need for standardized research methodologies within freshwater microplastic research. Standardized techniques will improve the accuracy of microplastic abundance records within freshwater environments, supporting progress towards SDG 14 (life below water) and 12 (responsible consumption and production).
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 321-326.

Directly relevant to SDG 14 (life below water) and 12 (responsible consumption and production), this review explores the abundance, distribution and composition of microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea.