Researchers Develop New Method to Detect Microplastics in Bottled Water

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Researchers develop a new method that can detect microplastics, according to a report published on March 15, 2018.

Almost all the brands of bottled mineral water that were tested by the researchers were found to have harmful particles in it. These microplastic flakes detected in the bottles of water come from sources such as cosmetics, clothing and industrial processes. Over 250 bottles of water, which included 11 different brands were analyzed by the team of researchers. Dr. Andrew Mayes, who led the study said, “We are becoming increasingly aware of microplastics in the environment and their potentially harmful effects, but their prevalence in other areas has been much less studied.” The presence of microplastics was found in tap water and many other food items. However, the level of contamination in bottled water will be a shock to all the people.

A new technique was developed by Dr. Mayes and his team at UEA’s School of Chemistry to detect microplastics, which could be accumulated in the body. This technique uses dye to detect the microparticles present in water. When compared to the conventional techniques, this method is rapid and less expensive. The results of this study was published in the journal Scientific Reports. This new method, which uses dye is expected to increase the growth of Dyes and Pigments Market, as elaborated in the dyes and pigments market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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