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Atmospheric sciences
Submission deadline: 2023-12-30
Section Collection Editors

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Dear Colleagues,

Microplastics in air

The omnipresence of microplastic (1 μm to 5 mm) in various environmental samples, including airborne PM 2.5, has raised public health concern. A recent study suggested that MPs can be transferred up 95 km. The ecological concern from microplastics bounded to the airborne PM 2.5 emanates from the fact that they can be inhaled by humans and can potentially lead to adverse health effects, such as localized inflammation, development of oxidative stress, genotoxicity and cytotoxicity. However, there is presently a very limited information on MPs bounded to the airborne PM 2.5. This can be reduced by identifying the strength of regional pollution sources and there by formulating the sustainable strategies. Reported MPs in the aerosol are polyethylene (PE), polycarbonate (PC), polyacrylic acid (PAA), ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), ethylene propylene (EP), ethylene acrylic (EA), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVAC), polymethylacrylate (PMA), polyvinyl acetate (PVA), and polyurethane (PU) polyethersulfone (PES), polyacetonitrile (PAN), polyamide (PA), polyethyleneterapthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP), PVC, and acrylic (AC).


Airborne microplastics has become a challenge owing to severe adverse health effects on humans. Due to their small size, they can be inhaled and may induce different respiratory problems dependent on individual susceptibility and particle properties. Even though airborne microplastics are a new topic, several observational studies have reported the inhalation of plastic fibers and particles, especially in exposed workers, often coursing with dyspnea caused by airway and interstitial inflammatory responses.

Even though environmental concentrations are low, susceptible individuals may be at risk of developing similar lesions.


Thus, we are interested in the research pertaining the microplastics screening and various quantification methods in air and the associated health risk studies.


Research articles and reviews in this area of study are welcome.


Prof. B Praphulla Chandra

Section Editor


Microplasctics; Air; Measurements; Screening and Quantification; Health Effects

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