1st Edition

Microplastics in Environment Source, Potential Risks, Analytical Challenges, and Remediation Strategies

    344 Pages 48 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In recent years, the pervasive presence of microplastics in the environment has emerged as a pressing global concern. As we grapple with the complexities of this issue, it becomes increasingly evident that a comprehensive understanding of microplastics' sources, risks, analytical challenges, and remediation strategies is essential for effective mitigation and safeguarding of our ecosystems and human health.

    "Microplastics in Environment" comprehensively explores the growing concern surrounding microplastic pollution. From their emergence as a significant environmental pollutant to their potential risks and various remediation strategies, this book delves into every aspect of microplastics' impact on ecosystems and human health. With chapters authored by experts in the field, readers gain insights into the sources, classification, properties, and dynamics of microplastics in different environmental compartments, including marine environments, soils, and indoor settings. Analytical challenges related to identifying, quantifying, and characterizing microplastics are thoroughly discussed, along with emerging computational approaches to unravel the microplastic mystery. The book highlights recent trends in using bioindicators to monitor microplastic pollution and its adverse impacts on animal health. Additionally, the book explores trends, challenges, and opportunities in plastic recycling and future directions for addressing microplastics.

    Microplastics in Environment" compiles current knowledge and identifies gaps, serving as a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working towards a cleaner, healthier planet. It aims to support those dedicated to safeguarding our planet for future generations.


    ·         Focuses on microplastic pollution in the environment and highlights the emergent need to reduce and eliminate microplastic pollution.

    ·         Include special chapters on microplastic classifications, estimation tools, and the role of computational modeling in microplastic.

    ·         Discusses microplastic occurrence in marine, soil, air, and prevention strategies in different environmental settings.

    ·         Furthermore, it explores different remediation strategies, current trends, challenges, and opportunities in plastic recycling.

    1 Emergence of Microplastics as an Environmental pollutant: an overview

    Moondeep Chauhan, Bunty Sharma, Ganga Ram Chaudhary

    2 Emergence, chemical nature, classification and properties of microplastics

    Neeraj Chauhan

    3 Identification, Quantification and Characterization Techniques/Tools for Microplastics

    Jianchao Wang, Yanli Shi, Chunhui Wang, Ao Shi, Yuan Liu, Dongbei Yue, Jianbing Wang, Chunrong Wang, Pin Hou

    4 Unraveling the Microplastic Mystery: Computational Insights, Real-world Cases, and the Road Ahead

    Ravi Kumar

    5 Recent Trends in Bioindicator Research for Monitoring Microplastics and Nanoplastics in a Marine Realm

    Devlina Das Pramanik, Roudrashwa Nag

    6 Microplastic in soils: Sources, fate, toxicity and remediation technologies

    T. Thiemann

    7 Airborne Microplastics: Sources, characteristics, dynamics, and health implications

    Vishnu S Moorchilot, Usha K. Aravind, Charuvila T. Aravindakumar

    8 Household Microplastic Pollutants: A potential contributor to Indoor Microplastics Pollution

    Dipika Narula, Sushma Negi

    9 Adverse Impact of Microplastics on Animal Health

    Kushal Thakur, Danish Mahajan, Navya Rana, Kanika Choudhary, Amit Kumar Sharma, Dixit Sharma, Hishani Kumari, Sunil Kumar,  Rakesh Kumar

    10 Novel Remediation Pathways for Mitigation of Microplastic Pollution

    Prerna Attri, Preeti Garg, Ganga Ram Chaudhary

    11 Emerging Frontiers in Environmental Biotechnology: Bridging Gaps to Confront Microplastic Menace

    Anjali Vijeata, Ganga Ram Chaudhary, Savita Chaudhary

    14 Microplastic in the Environment: Current Consensus and Future Trend

    Komal Saini

    15 Closing the Loop on Microplastics: Sources, Risks, Analysis, and Path Forward

    Bunty Sharma, Pradeep Kaushik, Moondeep Chauhan, Jaspreet Dhau, Ganga Ram Chaudhary


    Professor Ganga Ram Chaudhary (analytical chemist) has more than 20 years of experience in the fabrication of functionalized nanomaterials/membranes/biopolymers via green methods and exploring their potential applications for the elimination of contaminants from wastewater, as catalyst and as electrochemical sensors and as an alternate to plastic materials. He has published over 204 publications (Patents: 5; Publications: 175; Book/Book Chapter: 24) in the reputed journals and publication houses. Presently, he is heading the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF) and Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL) which equips him with the deeper understanding, knowledge, and skills required to address the analytical challenges/solution associated with the detection of microplastic. He is also engaged in consultancy projects in Himachal Pradesh and Panjab industrial regions regarding the evaluation of processing parameters to upgrade the CETP (common effluent treatment plant) and achieve the goal of zero liquid discharge, mitigation of pollution and sustainable development for the treatment of wastewater from pharmaceutical, electroplating, textile and personal care products.

    Dr. Moondeep Chauhan (Environmental Scientist) received his Doctoral degree in Environmental Studies from Panjab University in 2020. From 2020 to 2022, he worked as a Post-doctoral BIRAC innovation fellow at E-YUVA center, Panjab University.  Thereafter, he worked as a research scientist in the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility/Central Instrumentation Lab (SAIF/CIL), Panjab University. Currently, he is working as an assistant professor cum scientist in the central instrumentation facility, and Department of Environment Science at Amity University, Punjab. His current research interests include the development of nano-catalysts and electrochemical sensors for applications in the field of energy and environment. He is actively engaged in the synthesis of functionalized nanomaterials/membranes via green methods and exploring their potential applications for the elimination of contaminants from wastewater and has published over 25 research articles, including 6 book chapters and 2 patents (1 granted). Also, he is engaged in consultancy projects for the treatment of wastewater from pharmaceutical, electroplating, textile and personal care products.

    Dr. Bunty Sharma received his Doctoral degree in Chemistry from Panjab University, India and during Ph.D. worked at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK (commonwealth scholarship). He has published 13 research articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals, 6 book chapters, and filed 3 Indian patents including 2 granted patents. He has vast experience in handling various analytical techniques that are used for the characterization of micro or nanoparticles. Currently, he is working as a research specialist in Molekule Group Inc. Florida, USA. Before this, he worked as a research officer in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, at University College Cork, Ireland. Besides this, he is working in a team to provide consultancy to the Industries for Effluent treatment plant of Panjab, Himachal Pradesh region of India.