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Andres Kaestner and Andrea Carminati at the PSI

New CRC 1357 Publication

A ferrihydrite coating changes the wettability of microplastic particles depending on the type of polymer and can thus change originally water-repellent surfaces into water-attracting ones. The change of the surface is important for further biotic and abiotic degradation processes.   ...more

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CRC 1357 Microplastics Seminar

We are looking forward to our next CRC 1357 Microplastics Seminar guest: Dr. Patrizia Pfohl from BASF and her talk: "Aging of Intentionally Produced Microplastic Particles for Innovative Applications" on June 12, 2023, starting at 16:15, in H18 (NWII) and online via ZOOM.   ...more

Photo of Maximilan Röhrl and Josef Breu

GDCh Price Winners

Congratulations to this year's team of winners of the Dres.-Volker-und-Elke-Münch Prize for Science and Research of the GDCh. Maximilian Röhrl and Prof. Josef Breu were awarded for their research on compostable and sustainable paper barrier laminates - an alternative for plastic packaging without microplastic formation.  ...more

Sketch of Compost worm Eisenia Fetida

New CRC 1357 Publication

Jasmin Kniese & Sven Ritschar have established a workflow with the A03 team that allows the detection and localization of non-fluorescent polysstyrene particles in E. fetida tissue with an accuracy of 95%. Up to 2 μm small particles could be detected in tissue sections by Raman spectroscopy.  ...more

Porcellio Scaber

New CRC 1357 Microplastic Publication

Woodlice react differently to microplastics depending on whether they originate from biodegradable or non-biodegradable polymers. PLA, PET and PS and their influence on hydrogen production and the microbiome were investigated.  ...more

Microplastics in sand

What is the SFB 1357 researching?

The CRC 1357 team studies the formation and behaviour of microplastics in the environment and their long-term effects on soils, plants, organisms, and ecosystem processes. This overview article provides insights into the research and goals of the Collaborative Research Center.  ...more

Fotos Doktoranden und Doktorandinnen des SBF 1357 Mikroplastik

PhD Call 2023

We are looking for PhD students for our next generation of scientists within the DFG -funded collaborative research center 1357 Microplastics! We are looking for various disciplines - current vacancies are in hydrogeology, micrometeorology, theoretical physics, statistical ecotoxicology and biochemistry! Apply now!  ...more

Gruppenfoto Klausurtagung

CRC 1357 Kick Off 2023

With the kick-off meeting, the second funding phase of the SFB 1357 was successfully launched. Professors, post-docs, junior researchers, PhD students and master students networked on cross-sectional topics and intensively exchanged ideas at Schloss Thurnau from March 1-2, 2023.  ...more

rising bubbles on colorful background

New CRC 1357 publication:

Microplastic particle characteristics and their distribution on the sea surface are critical for their transport across the water-air interface. By modelling bubble scavenging, rising bubbles were shown to generate a net flow of particles toward the surface. The transport was highly dependent on the particle's surface. Congratulations!  ...more

Brombachsee Mesocosm

New CRC 1357 publication:

Have you ever wondered how microplastic particles behave in a lake ecosystem? Do they sink or float? What happens in a stratified lake in summer? Are they stopped by the thermocline? Congratulations on these new findings directly from Lake Brombach!  ...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

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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