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Materiale Plastice (Mater. Plast.), Year 2021, Volume 58, Issue 4, 47-54

https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530

Gheorghe Batrinescu, Ioana-Alexandra Ionescu, Roxana-Elena Scutariu, Bogdan Chiricuta, Ionut Cristian Surupaceanu

Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor


Abstract:
Results obtained from the characterization of three water samples (one representing the effluent of a municipal treatment plant and the two others representing surface water from the Jiu River/Romania, upstream and downstream of the effluent discharge point) are presented in this study in terms of microplastic content. The water samples were processed by successively passing them through a series of filters with the following dimensions: 5 mm, 0.5 mm (500 im), 0.1 mm (100 im) and then through some microfiltration membranes (MF) type EZ-Pak Membrane Filters (Merk-Millipore) made of a mixture of cellulose esters, with an average pore diameter of 0.45µm. In order to highlight the microplastics in the water samples, their analysis was performed as well as the solid material retained on the microfiltration membranes, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) using a SEM Quanta FEG 250/Thermo Fischer Scientific. The results obtained highlighted the existence of microplastics in all the analyzed samples, in the known forms presented in the specialized literature: irregular planes, fibers and spheres. Their dimensions are variable, ranging between 3.2 µm and 119.5 µm for irregular plane microplastics and between 3 µm and 15 µm for spherical microplastics. The dimensions of microplastics in the form of fibers are also in the range of tens of µm and cannot be established exactly because in most cases they appear in the form of conglomerates. The treatment plant’s microplastic effluents content led to the modification of the physical-chemical indicators of the water in their natural receptor. Thus, the content of organic matter and total suspended matter in the downstream water compared to the effluent discharge point is higher than in the upstream water. The analysis of microplastics by SEM allows only their highlighting and their geometry, being a first step in the study of the pollution induced by such materials.


Keywords:
microplastics; waste waters; wastewater treatment plant; natural receptors

Issue: 2021 Volume 58, Issue 4
Pages: 47-54
Publication date: 2022/1/4
https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530
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BATRINESCU, G., IONESCU, I., SCUTARIU, R., CHIRICUTA, B., SURUPACEANU, I.C., Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor, Mater. Plast., 58(4), 2021, 47-54. https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530

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Batrinescu G, Ionescu I, Scutariu R, Chiricuta B, Surupaceanu IC. Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor. Mater. Plast.[internet]. 2021 Dec;58(4):47-54. Available from: https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530


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Batrinescu, G., Ionescu, I., Scutariu, R., Chiricuta, B. & Surupaceanu, I.C. (2021). Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor. Materiale Plastice, 58(4), 47-54. https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530


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Batrinescu, G., Ionescu, I., Scutariu, R., Chiricuta, B., Surupaceanu, I.C. (2021). 'Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor', Materiale Plastice, 58(4), pp. 47-54. https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530


IEEE
G. Batrinescu, I. Ionescu, R. Scutariu, B. Chiricuta, I.C. Surupaceanu, "Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor". Materiale Plastice, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 47-54, 2021. [online]. https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530


Text
Gheorghe Batrinescu, Ioana-Alexandra Ionescu, Roxana-Elena Scutariu, Bogdan Chiricuta, Ionut Cristian Surupaceanu,
Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor,
Materiale Plastice,
Volume 58, Issue 4,
2021,
Pages 47-54,
ISSN 2668-8220,
https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530.
(https://revmaterialeplastice.ro/Articles.asp?ID=5530)
Keywords: microplastics; waste waters; wastewater treatment plant; natural receptors


RIS
TY - JOUR
T1 - Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor
A1 - Batrinescu, Gheorghe
A2 - Ionescu, Ioana-Alexandra
A3 - Scutariu, Roxana-Elena
A4 - Chiricuta, Bogdan
A5 - Surupaceanu, Ionut Cristian
JF - Materiale Plastice
JO - Mater. Plast.
PB - Materiale Plastice SRL
SN - 2668-8220
Y1 - 2021
VL - 58
IS - 4
SP - 47
EP - 54
UR - https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530
KW - microplastics
KW - waste waters
KW - wastewater treatment plant
KW - natural receptors
ER -


BibTex
@article{MatPlast2021P47,
author = {Batrinescu Gheorghe and Ionescu Ioana-Alexandra and Scutariu Roxana-Elena and Chiricuta Bogdan and Surupaceanu Ionut Cristian},
title = {Characterisation of Microplastics from the Effluent of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant and from its Natural Receptor},
journal = {Materiale Plastice},
volume = {58},
number = {4},
pages = {47-54},
year = {2021},
issn = {2668-8220},
doi = {https://doi.org/10.37358/MP.21.4.5530},
url = {https://revmaterialeplastice.ro/Articles.asp?ID=5530}
}


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