Microplastic pollution from textiles: quantitative evaluation and mitigation strategies
Francesca De Falco
University of Plymouth
Synopsis : In the latest years, much attention has been raised on the contribution of textile washing processes to the global release of microplastics to marine environments. However, microplastics of fibrous shape have been found ubiquitous beyond just seas and oceans, but also in freshwater systems, soil and atmospheric deposition. This environmental problem is not only related to synthetic textiles like polyester, polyamides and acrylic, since also natural or artificial fibres like cotton and rayon have been detected in environmental samples. Therefore, the widespread occurrence of microfibres (synthetic, artificial or natural fibres < 5 mm) in different environmental compartments, calls for more researches on the sources of this pollution and on parameters of influence. The seminar will present studies on the release of microfibres from textiles by laundering and wearing, focusing on the experimental methodologies developed to detect, quantify and characterize microfibres and discussing the main factors of influence such as textile and washing parameters. Possible mitigation actions will be also explored, in terms of best practices to apply at different levels of textile life and of innovative technologies like finishing treatments. In a final outlook, challenges for future work will be formulated.
[May 28th 2021]

Surface Organometallic Chemistry on MOFs, POPs and inorganic oxides for CO2 and N2 reduction: en route to renewable energies storage”

Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli
Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l'environnement de Lyon, CNRS, and Chaire de développement durable, Ecole CPE Lyon
[June 18th 2021]

Enzyme immobilization: rational basis for turning an enzyme into an efficient biocatalyst

Lucia Gardossi
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Farmaceutiche, Università degli Studi di Trieste
[June 21st 2021]