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Luca CherubiniFollow
Tham Hoang

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Environmental Science

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

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Abstract

Microplastics are an emergent pollutant garnering concern in multiple disciplines. While microplastics can be adsorbed on particles and deposit on the sediment, determining microplastics in sediments remains unstudied. This study determines the abundance of microplastics in the sediments of the Chicago North Branch River and the Des Plaines River in support of understanding potential exposure of microplastics to benthic organisms. Sediment samples were collected from locations varying in surrounding population and urbanization. Due to the campus closure, only sediment samples collected two sites (DB and DC) of the Des Plaines River were analyzed for microplastics. The average concentration of site DB and DC was 33.3 and 77.5 particles/kg sediment, respectively. These concentrations were high compared to literature concentrations of microplastics in the water column. The results of these samples indicate that microplastics are abundant in urban river sediment, and pose a potential exposure to benthic communities.

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Tham Hoang

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Determination of Microplastics in the Sediment of Chicago and Des Plaines River

Microplastics are an emergent pollutant garnering concern in multiple disciplines. While microplastics can be adsorbed on particles and deposit on the sediment, determining microplastics in sediments remains unstudied. This study determines the abundance of microplastics in the sediments of the Chicago North Branch River and the Des Plaines River in support of understanding potential exposure of microplastics to benthic organisms. Sediment samples were collected from locations varying in surrounding population and urbanization. Due to the campus closure, only sediment samples collected two sites (DB and DC) of the Des Plaines River were analyzed for microplastics. The average concentration of site DB and DC was 33.3 and 77.5 particles/kg sediment, respectively. These concentrations were high compared to literature concentrations of microplastics in the water column. The results of these samples indicate that microplastics are abundant in urban river sediment, and pose a potential exposure to benthic communities.