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This time, plastics research took Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza from Superior, Wisconsin to Tokyo, Japan.
The chemistry professor at UW-Superior was the lone representative from the United States taking part in a workshop on the analysis of plastics research in fish.
This select group will try and determine unified standard measuring systems that can be used industry wide for plastics research. It is a subject that she is very passionate about. Dr. Rios is participating in the Internationally Integrate Pellet Watch (IIPW) program, which is officially supported by UNESCO/IOC (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization/ Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission).
Dr. Rios has been working on this subject for many years, and this international group wanted her expertise on the subject. "They know that I am working with plastic pollution in United States coast and the Great Lakes and they want to include my analytical data into a global database."
The meeting ended May 23 and Dr. Rios was honored to take part. "We will be planning an intercalibration among laboratories and propose and standard protocol for the analysis of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) in pellet plastics."
She has participated in workshops on plastic pollution as new emergent pollutant in the environment, in Canada and here in U.S.A. with NOAA, but this is the first time with the intention to generate a standard method to work with the chemistry on plastic fragments in an international meeting.
"This meeting will be a workshop where as a group we will develop a methodology to analyze POPs (persistent organic pollutants) and intercalibration among our labs to get similar results in the analysis of POPs adsorbed onto plastic debris. I will present all my research results on plastic debris in the Oceans and in the Great Lakes."
They had 9 participants in this international workshop. They were: Dr. Hideshige Takada (lead group, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan), Dr. Hrissi K. Karapanagioti from University of Patras, Grece, and Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza.
The rest of the participants were:
Dr. Sang hee hong form KIOST, Korea
Dr. Michail Angelidis form IAEA, Monaco
Dr. Satie Taniguchi, University de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Rosalinda Carmela Montaone
Dr. Rei Yamashita Tokyo Univ, Japan.
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