Ed Grant



Faculty of Applied Science

Research Specialization: Spectroscopic techniques; Analytical chemistry

Aim: Devise novel methods that classify and quantify microplastic loads in terrestrial, aqueous and atmospheric environments.

Challenges & Research Questions:

  • Representative sampling (recovery, fitness of sample for analysis)
  • Material identification (natural/anthropogenic, plastic/other)
  • Size distribution (self-consistent over length scales)
  • Number (high throughput automatic particle tracking, from count to density)
  • Classification (polymer type, morphology, source)
  • Matthew D. Kowal, Teresa M. Seifried, Edward R. Grant. Detection of Nanoplastics in Mixed Solutions using Interferometric Scattering Microcopy. The 16th International Conference on Near-Field Optics, Nanophotonics and Related Techniques (2022 September), Victoria.
  • Teresa M. Seifried, Matthew D. Kowal, Paul Bieber, Allan K. Bertram, Edward R. Grant. Do micro- and nanometre-sized plastics nucleate ice?. AMS 2023 (2023 January), Denver, CO, USA.

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