Microplastic pollution has become an environmental issue of great concern owing to the persistence of microplastics and their potential adverse effects on biota. Tiny plastic material with diameter <5mm is termed as microplastics or MPs, which can be classified into primary and secondary types Plastic that is released into the environment directly in the form of tiny particles is known as primary MPs and are made for particular functions and used as such. Toxics Link conducted five studies to show the presence of microplastics in personal care products, the Ganga river, Goa City Tap water, and agricultural fields. Toxics Link found polymers like polyethylene, polypropylene, EVOH, and LDPE and HDPE common in all the samples. The most common microplastic shapes, sizes, and colors were fiber, fragment, <0.5mm, transparent, and black respectively.
Dr. Amit was awarded his B.Tech in Biotechnology from IMS Engineering College Ghaziabad following which he did his M.Tech in Chemical Plant Design(Chemical engineering) from The National Institute of Technology Surathkal, Karnataka. After his Master's degree, Amit joined The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee as a PhD student and completed his doctoral degree in 2019, wherein the subject of his thesis was on “Microalgal remediation of wastewater and biodiesel production”. So far Dr Amit has more than 10 publications in reputed journals and has expertise in treatment of different types of industrial wastewater and production of biofuels. He has considerable experience in monitoring of instruments, conducting laboratory experiments, water sampling, designing of Bioreactors, MFCS, and waste management. Dr. Amit is interested in conducting research on environmental issues like analysis of toxic inorganic and organic compounds and their remediation processes.