Microplastic Pollutants

Microplastic Pollutants

1st Edition - September 1, 2016

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  • Authors: Christopher Blair Crawford, Brian Quinn
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128094068
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128104699

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Microplastic Pollutants introduces the reader to the growing problem of microplastic pollution in the aquatic environment and is the first ever book dedicated exclusively to the subject of microplastics. Importantly, this timely full-colour illustrated multidisciplinary book highlights the very recent realization that microplastics may transport toxic chemicals into food chains around the world. Microplastic pollutants is currently an important topic in both industry and academia, as well as among legislative bodies, and research in this area is gaining considerable attention from both the worldwide media and scientific community on a rapidly increasing scale. Ultimately, this book provides an excellent source of reference and information on microplastics for scientists, engineers, students, industry, policy makers and citizens alike.

Key Features

  • A detailed chronological history of plastic materials from their creation until the present day
  • Extensive review and discussion of the existing literature on the interactions of microplastics with chemical pollutants and their effects on aquatic life
  • Explanation and provision of the techniques used for the detection, separation and identification of microplastics
  • Detailed multidisciplinary information on the way in which plastic materials and microplastics behave in the aquatic environment
  • The provision of extensive multidisciplinary reference data relating to plastic materials and microplastics


Environmental scientists, ecotoxicologists, ecologists, environmental managers, fisheries, water suppliers, waste water treatment, pollution, marine biologists, environmental chemists, industry, engineers, citizens ,media and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. The emergence of plastics
    2. The contemporary history of plastics
    3. Plastic production, waste and legislation
    4. Physiochemical properties and degradation
    5. Microplastics, standardisation and spatial distribution
    6. The interactions of microplastics and chemical pollutants
    7. The biological impacts and effects of contaminated microplastics
    8. Microplastic collection techniques
    9. Microplastic separation techniques
    10. Microplastic identification techniques

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2016
  • Published: September 1, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128094068
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128104699

About the Authors

Christopher Blair Crawford

Christopher Blair Crawford. PhD Researcher in Chemistry and award winning Scientist. As an experienced researcher and having achieved three Distinctions and two University Medals, he works in partnership with the government at his research institution in actively investigating the possible chemical interactions of microplastics and pollutants and identifying their potential as vectors for the uptake and trophic transfer of contaminants in the aquatic environment.

Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn PhD. – Researcher in Biology and award winning Ecotoxicologist. With experience in both the government and academic sector, he has been published over 25 times, is an active peer reviewer across 18 journals and has attracted 1.5 million in grants to fund his research investigating the biological impacts of contaminants in the aquatic environment. He is currently leading the MASTS Scottish Microplastics Research group.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland, UK

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