Degradation of Microplastics (MPs) in Water

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Researchers with Adelaide and other Australian universities have developed an “… integrated carbocatalytic oxidation and hydrothermal (HT) hydrolysis …” process for the degradation of microplastic particles in water. “… The toxicity tests indicated that the organic intermediates from MPs degradation were environmentally benign to the aquatic microorganisms and can serve as a carbon source for algae cultivation. The outcomes of this study are dedicated to providing a green strategy by integrating state-of-the-art carbocatalysis and nanotechnology for remediation of MPs contamination in water …”. The study was published July 31, 2019 in the journal Matter.