Microplastics​ – Methods of Detection and Studies of Human Health Effects

​According to an April 6, 2020 Novus Light Technologies News Release https://www.novuslight.com/optical-tools-enable-the-study-of-microplastics_N10273.html a team of researchers at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York “… is using a variety of optical methods to look at microplastics in water … to learn to what extent microplastics … pass into organs in the human body … The researchers are … using … silicon-based filters … X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques … Once the microplastic particles are identified … [they are] ‘fed’ to Caco2 human epithelial cell lines that are widely used as a model of the intestinal epithelial barrier. This will help determine the extent to which the plastic particles are absorbed into the body … [Many other] groups … [are] helping us understand the types of microplastics in our water, how they travel through the food chain and the accumulation in the human body …” #Microplasticss #NanoPlastics PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #flexiblepackaging #PlasticPackaging