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Chemical Measurement Services for Assessing Plastic Marine Debris Pollution

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

RO# Location
50.64.62.C0219 Waimanalo, HI 96795

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Lynch, Jennifer Michelle jennifer.lynch@noaa.gov 843.442.2188

Description

The Chemical Sciences Division has a developing program to improve the quality of analytical chemical measurements in the field of marine debris research.  Research interests include chemical degradation of plastic, quantification and characterization of plastic polymers in complex environmental samples, and quantification of plastic additives (e.g., UV stabilizers, plasticizers, flame retardants, pigments, and fillers) and sorbed environmental contaminants (persistent organic pollutants, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, metals, and others) to plastic marine debris or in tissues of organisms that ingest plastic debris.  Chemical instrumentation for these studies include Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Imaging micro-FT-IR, X-ray fluorescence, and gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry.

Keywords:
Polymers; Plastic pollution; Ocean plastics; Marine debris; Environmental chemistry; Microplastics

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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