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Validation of ATR FT-IR to identify polymers of plastic marine debris, including those ingested by marine organisms

Overview of attention for article published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, February 2018
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Title
Validation of ATR FT-IR to identify polymers of plastic marine debris, including those ingested by marine organisms
Published in
Marine Pollution Bulletin, February 2018
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.12.061
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Authors

Melissa R. Jung, F. David Horgen, Sara V. Orski, Viviana Rodriguez C., Kathryn L. Beers, George H. Balazs, T. Todd Jones, Thierry M. Work, Kayla C. Brignac, Sarah-Jeanne Royer, K. David Hyrenbach, Brenda A. Jensen, Jennifer M. Lynch

Abstract

Polymer identification of plastic marine debris can help identify its sources, degradation, and fate. We optimized and validated a fast, simple, and accessible technique, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR FT-IR), to identify polymers contained in plastic ingested by sea turtles. Spectra of consumer good items with known resin identification codes #1-6 and several #7 plastics were compared to standard and raw manufactured polymers. High temperature size exclusion chromatography measurements confirmed ATR FT-IR could differentiate these polymers. High-density (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) discrimination is challenging but a clear step-by-step guide is provided that identified 78% of ingested PE samples. The optimal cleaning methods consisted of wiping ingested pieces with water or cutting. Of 828 ingested plastics pieces from 50 Pacific sea turtles, 96% were identified by ATR FT-IR as HDPE, LDPE, unknown PE, polypropylene (PP), PE and PP mixtures, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, and nylon.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 1195 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 201 17%
Student > Master 173 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 151 13%
Researcher 137 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 43 4%
Other 152 13%
Unknown 338 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 178 15%
Environmental Science 151 13%
Engineering 107 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 6%
Materials Science 67 6%
Other 202 17%
Unknown 417 35%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 June 2022.
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#1,746,145
of 21,467,494 outputs
Outputs from Marine Pollution Bulletin
#622
of 8,078 outputs
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#46,453
of 405,058 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Marine Pollution Bulletin
#20
of 186 outputs
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