New publication in the area of microplastics research
Within the scope of their research topics two members of our institute have critically examined the distribution paths of microplastics in the environment and published the results in this review paper.
Microplastics in the environment is a highly relevant research topic. However, although more and more studies on environmental concentrations of microplastics are published, a profound risk assessment could not be carried out yet. This is mainly attributable to the fact that the fundamental knowledge about transport processes of microplastic is not present.
The IWW performs research in cooperation with the Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology, short (PGG) of RWTH Aachen University on this topic. As an outcome of this research cooperation, the review article "The way of microplastic through the environment – Application of the source-pathway-receptor model (review)" was published in the internationalen journal Science of The Total Environment in January 2020.
You can find the publication here.