An Investigation of Microplastics as a Carrier for Perfluorinated Compounds into Great Lakes Food Webs

Major Goals and Objectives

This project aims to investigate the potential role of marine plastic debris as a vector for Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS). Specific research questions are:

  • To what extent do three common plastic types found in the environment act as a sink for select PFASs in Muskegon Lake?
  • How important is the residence time of the materials present in these water bodies concerning the extent of PFAS accumulation?


Accomplishments / Benefits

Story: IISG expands funding on ‘Persistent Organic Pollutants on Microplastics’ research

Story: Microplastics may increase the risk of PFAS entering the Lake Michigan food web

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
John Scott
Initiation Date:
Completion Date:
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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