We have different fields of research, linked by our common interest in plastic pollution. We cover topics that range from monitoring activities to molecular aspects of toxic response in the biota. All of us are highly committed with the dissemination of our results in the benefit of the society, who grant most of our activities via taxes.
Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in the ocean, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems.
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are incluced in certain commercial products or result from the breakdown of larger plastics. Microplastics can be harmful to the environment and animal and human health.
Nanoplastics are plastic particles generally produced during the degradation and manufacturing of plastic objects, which present colloidal behavior and size range from 1 to 1000 nm.
Plastic products contain additives that can be toxic. Besides, plastic can retain toxic chemicals including persistent organic compounds. Small plastic particles can also accumulate in tissues and exert toxic damage.
Risk assessment puts hazard and exposure together in an attempt to understand the real world danger posed by a chemical based on its intrinsic hazards in the light of anticipated exposure.
The ecological impact is defined as the set of effects left on organisms and their environment due to actions made by humans and natural occurrences. These changes are not necessarily adverse, but they generally are.
Environmental remediation is the process of removing contaminants from sites that have been polluted by any kind of human impact, including industrial, manufacturing, mining, residential and commercial activities.
Dissemination is a conscious effort to spread findings, knowledge, and practices to target audiences or to the public at large. It is a responsibility towards society, which is providing most of our funding.