Marina Koether, Ph.D.

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My area of research is on all aspects of microplastics. This area utilizes my knowledge in Environmental, Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 

Instruments that I use are the ICP-OES for metal concentration analysis and the ultra-HPLC for organic compound concentration analysis. In addition, much of microplastic analysis involves the use of FTIR, so we have access to a micro-FTIR for that purpose. Of course, UV-Vis is also used. Other instruments available are SEM, BET, and X-Ray Diffraction.

Along with my colleagues, we have received the highly competitive I3 Grant from KSU.  This gives us funds to research on the Best Practices to Analyze and Characterize Microplastics in Drinking Water Treatment Plants.  We are interested in sorption/desorption of metals and pharmaceuticals on microplastics. We are mapping microplastics in Lake Allatoona both in sediments and in the water.

We are looking for graduate students and many undergraduate students to work on this project.

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