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Nanoplastics are produced industrially for uses such as cosmetics and also generated by erosion of consumer plastic products. Nanoplastic properties are largely unstudied; understanding how these particles act will allow us to evaluate their environmental impact, design methods of detection, and remediation. Microplastics bioaccumulate and absorb harmful chemicals. Smaller nano-sized plastics may have an even higher affinity for chemical adsorbtion due to high surface areas, making these tiny particles a contaminant of emerging concern.

Publication Date

Summer 2017


This work was made possible by Montana Tech SURF. We would also like to thank Christina Eggensperger and Jordan Foster for help using various pieces of equipment. Special thanks to Malvm Customer Service for help with software issues as well as sending extra software packages.

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