The importance of microplastics pollution studies in water and soil of Nigeria ecosystems

Vol 2, Issue 03, Pages 89-96,*** Field: Environment Chemistry Analysis

  • Verla Andrew Wirnkor Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
  • *Enyoh Christian Ebere, Corresponding Author Group Research in Analytical Chemistry, Environment and Climate change (GRACE&CC), Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State
  • Verla Evelyn Ngozi Department of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Keywords: : Air pollution, , Environment, Human health, Micropollutants, Nigeria, Soil pollution, Water pollution


The microplastics in the environment is a novel problem to scientists, public media, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The major problem is from the difficultness of removing them from the ecosystem. Elsewhere studies are being conducted while in Nigeria studies are relatively lacking. Production (10.3 %) and consumption (6.5 %) of plastics are on the increase annually, thereby, causing an increase in the amount of plastic waste generated annually. Finally, from such studies, data generated will provide insight and understanding into the extent of microplastic pollution in Nigeria. Furthermore, the data will be important not only for both remediation and minimization of effects but could be employed in averting occurrence through policies such as ban on some types of plastic uses in Nigeria. In this study, four manually generally microplastic types (PVC, acrylics, polyesters, silicones) were evaluated for heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, and As) adsorption at optimized pH by ETAAS.


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How to Cite
Andrew Wirnkor, V., Ebere, *Enyoh, & Ngozi, V. E. (2019). The importance of microplastics pollution studies in water and soil of Nigeria ecosystems. Analytical Methods in Environmental Chemistry Journal, 2(03), 89-96.
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