HKBU research unveils an overlooked capability of microplastics in transforming adhered contaminants into a more harmful form

A research team led by Professor Kelvin Leung from the Department of Chemistry at Hong Kong Baptist University, has revealed the complex and unique role of microplastics (MPs) in the accumulation and transformation of contaminants in natural environments. The alarming findings come shortly after their discovery of the formation of diverse complexes of pollutants on the MPs in various cocktails of environmental chemicals.

The research results were recently published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, a cutting-edge scientific journal.