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Removal of microplastics from waters through agglomeration-fixation using organosilanes—effects of polymer types, water composition and temperature

Sturm, Michael T.; Horn, Harald; Schuhen, Katrin

Due to the fact, that microplastics are a global environmental problem, new ways for their removal from water, soil and air need to be developed. New materials in combination with easy to implement technologies for microplastic removal come into the focus of scientific studies and engineering, especially for application in water resources. In our comparative case study, the effects of water composition and temperature on the agglomeration-fixation reaction of microplastics using organosilanes were examined. We compared biologically treated municipal wastewater, seawater and demineralized water at temperatures ranging from 7.5–40 °C. Temperature variations and tested water compositions showed no negative effect on microplastic removal. The residues of the organosilanes remaining in the water after the fixation process were monitored using ICP-OES and DOC measurements. Only one of the organosilanes tested showed no dissolved residues in the waters. Microplastic encompasses a multitude of different types of polymers with different properties and surface chemistries. Therefore, we compared the efficiency of the process for polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, polyester, and polyvinylchloride as examples of common polymer types with different chemical compositions. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130909
Veröffentlicht am 26.03.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2073-4441
KITopen-ID: 1000130909
Erschienen in Water (Switzerland)
Verlag MDPI
Band 13
Heft 5
Seiten 1-15
Schlagwörter microplastic removal; sol-gel chemistry; organosilanes; agglomeration; wastewater; seawater; water treatment
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