Removal of Microplastics in our oceans is an aim for the marine microplastic project. The project team are our staff Dr Rakesh Joshi and Dr Jennifer Matthews (UTS) and research assistant Jeaniffer Yap. Dr Rakesh has been involved in the development of a world-first graphene filter that removes natural organic carbon from water. Dr Jennifer Matthews is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the UTS Climate Change Cluster Future Reefs Research Program and has been involved in several marine conservation initiatives.
They are working on getting rid of microplastics while ensuring marine life an the oceans are unaffected.
In the initial phases of the project, the researchers aim to deploy a scaled-up prototype of their pilot tool, demonstrate its effectiveness and quantify the global potential. They hope their work will also impact community views on the microplastic issue and government policies around sustainability.