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Microplastic particles layed out on a white surface with a shaoe of the world continents

MICRO2022 conference:

The MICRO2022 Online Atlas Edition - Plastic Pollution from Macro to Nano will take place from 14-18 November. More than 500 presentations will be broadcast live and free of charge via the MICRO2022 webpage. The SFB 1357 Microplastics supports the open science conference as a local node with more than 43 contributions.  ...more

microparticles in soil samples after isopygnic centrifugation

New CRC 1357 publication:

Isopycnic ultracentrifugation is a Novel, easy and fast approach for density-resolved extraction and separation of MP particles of many common plastic types. Advances are the type-selective resolution with up to 99.4% efficiency and the recovery of the ecocorona. How it works?   ...more

respicond with Rauscher and cover of applied soil ecology

New CRC 1357 press release:

Biodegradable microplastics in soils cause CO₂ emissions to rise. This is one result of the first systematic comparison of effects caused by conventional and biodegradable plastic in different soils. Congratulation!  ...more

View over Ascona, Switzerland

Microplastics 2022

The SFB 1357 is represented at Microplastics 2022 by the speaker Prof. Christian Laforsch and the PhD students Johanna Schmidtmann, Nora Meides, Teresa Menzel, Andreas Cramer and Julia Prume with talks and poster contributions. We wish all participants lots of fun and success!   ...more

Polymerase K in dry form on black background

New CRC 1357 publication:

Proteinase K offers unique opportunities to degrade polymers like PLLA, which are of increasing economical and societal relevance. However, the technical application was hampered by the thermal lability. Thermal melt processing can be used to overcome these limitations. Congratulation!  ...more

New CRC 1357 press release:

Water-soluble synthetic polymers (WSSPs) are part of many everyday objects. But what happens when they end up in rivers, lakes and oceans? The current study shows that WSSPs can also have consequences for food webs and ecosystems.   ...more

New CRC 1357 publication:

One step closer to the understanding of microplastic effects on microbe-driven soil ecosystem functions. Microplastic polymer types are deterministic rather than stochastic factors driving terrestrial plastisphere community assembly and succession. Congratulation!  ...more

coated microplastic particles

New CRC 1357 publication:

The environment in which a particle has stayed influences the formation of the protein corona and thus the biological effect. Whether this observation can also be transferred to cell types other than epithelial mouse cells is currently being investigated. Stay tuned!  ...more

Image excerpt from Arte Re Reportage. Researchers of the SFB 1357 examine a water sample from the Red Main.

Arte Re: CRC 1357 Microplastic

The Arte reportage series "Re:" tells people's stories - authentically and up close. This episode is about microplastics and the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1357 at the University of Bayreuth.  ...more

Inadequate disposed of polypropylene packaging waste in a meadow

New CRC1357 Publication

Polypropylene (PP) disintegrates 6 times faster than polystyrene (PS) and 4 times faster than polyethylene (LDPE) when exposed to sunlight. One particle of PP produces more than 100,000 daughter particles. This enormously high number shows the immense secondary microplastic pollution of anadequate disposed waste.  ...more

Painting roller in white dispersion paint.

New Press Release

For wall and ceiling paints, mostly emulsion paints are used that contain many solid micro- or nanometre-sized particles. These can harm living organisms. Newly developed membranes can filter these particles out of the water before they enter the environment.  ...more

New CRC 1357 publication:

Interactions of microplastic particles with environmental components depend on their surface morphology and functionality. Here we present a home-build polariser which boosts the sensitivity of 129Xe NMR spectroscopic experiments by five orders of magnitude, turning 129Xe NMR spectroscopy into a promising technique for MP surface characterisation. Congratulation!  ...more

Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1357: "Microplastics - Understanding the mechanisms and processes of biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new solutions" investigates the formation, migration and effects of microplastics and develops new approaches to solving this immense environmental problem.

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