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Microplastic Fiber Separation System by Sweeping Acoustic Waves

Microplastic (MP) pollution is raising increasing concern over its impact to natural environment, especially in the ocean, and its potential adverse effect to human health. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has alarmed and called for global attention to handle this issue before any irreversible damage to our world. Huge amount of MP observed in the marine environment is exposing human being into risk of food security and availability since MP are found in marine life which is in the bottom portion of the food chain. Though the harmful effect of MP to human body is still being studied by scientists, there is concern that it may carry toxic chemical additives to human body. It is concerned that it will imbalance the equilibrium of the ecosystem and thus endanger the population of different species. A study predicts that the amount of microplastic tend to keep increasing dramatically in future. The purpose of this project is to develop a complete solution to not only filter MP fibers from sewage water discharged from laundry, which is taken as one of the main sources of synthetic textile fiber, at industrial scale, but also agglomerate the filtered microplastic to form a cluster in macroscopic scale to provide convenience for any feasible after-treatment.

Project No. (ITC) ITP/009/21TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Dr. YAO Lei
Research Institute The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited
ITF Amount HK$ 3,627,169
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2021-03-15
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2022-09-14
Sponsors
H&M Hennes & Mauritz (Far East) Ltd.
United Chinese Plastics Products Co Ltd