Advanced

Nano-plastics in the aquatic environment.

Mattsson, Karin LU ; Hansson, Lars-Anders LU and Cedervall, Tommy LU (2015) In Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 17(10). p.1712-1721
Abstract
The amount of plastics released to the environment in modern days has increased substantially since the development of modern plastics in the early 1900s. As a result, concerns have been raised by the public about the impact of plastics on nature and on, specifically, aquatic wildlife. Lately, much attention has been paid to macro- and micro-sized plastics and their impact on aquatic organisms. However, micro-sized plastics degrade subsequently into nano-sizes whereas nano-sized particles may be released directly into nature. Such particles have a different impact on aquatic organisms than larger pieces of plastic due to their small size, high surface curvature, and large surface area. This review describes the possible sources of... (More)
The amount of plastics released to the environment in modern days has increased substantially since the development of modern plastics in the early 1900s. As a result, concerns have been raised by the public about the impact of plastics on nature and on, specifically, aquatic wildlife. Lately, much attention has been paid to macro- and micro-sized plastics and their impact on aquatic organisms. However, micro-sized plastics degrade subsequently into nano-sizes whereas nano-sized particles may be released directly into nature. Such particles have a different impact on aquatic organisms than larger pieces of plastic due to their small size, high surface curvature, and large surface area. This review describes the possible sources of nano-sized plastic, its distribution and behavior in nature, the impact of nano-sized plastic on the well-being of aquatic organisms, and the difference of impact between nano- and micro-sized particles. We also identify research areas which urgently need more attention and suggest experimental methods to obtain useful data. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts
volume
17
issue
10
pages
1712 - 1721
publisher
Royal Society of Chemistry
external identifiers
  • pmid:26337600
  • wos:000362429000002
  • scopus:84943595615
ISSN
2050-7895
DOI
10.1039/c5em00227c
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
9a0aceac-0fb9-4362-929e-94babec087e9 (old id 8043253)
date added to LUP
2015-10-28 14:39:29
date last changed
2017-11-12 03:02:17
@article{9a0aceac-0fb9-4362-929e-94babec087e9,
  abstract     = {The amount of plastics released to the environment in modern days has increased substantially since the development of modern plastics in the early 1900s. As a result, concerns have been raised by the public about the impact of plastics on nature and on, specifically, aquatic wildlife. Lately, much attention has been paid to macro- and micro-sized plastics and their impact on aquatic organisms. However, micro-sized plastics degrade subsequently into nano-sizes whereas nano-sized particles may be released directly into nature. Such particles have a different impact on aquatic organisms than larger pieces of plastic due to their small size, high surface curvature, and large surface area. This review describes the possible sources of nano-sized plastic, its distribution and behavior in nature, the impact of nano-sized plastic on the well-being of aquatic organisms, and the difference of impact between nano- and micro-sized particles. We also identify research areas which urgently need more attention and suggest experimental methods to obtain useful data.},
  author       = {Mattsson, Karin and Hansson, Lars-Anders and Cedervall, Tommy},
  issn         = {2050-7895},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {1712--1721},
  publisher    = {Royal Society of Chemistry},
  series       = {Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts},
  title        = {Nano-plastics in the aquatic environment.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5em00227c},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2015},
}