Microplastics in sediments of Kuala Perlis, Perlis / Sharifah Farah Naimi Sayed Zukinai

Sayed Zukinai, Sharifah Farah Naimi (2023) Microplastics in sediments of Kuala Perlis, Perlis / Sharifah Farah Naimi Sayed Zukinai. [Student Project] (Submitted)


A study on microplastics in sediments is held at Kuala Perlis, Perlis due to the lack of study regarding the amount of microplastic in the area. Microplastics are a pollutant capable of causing harm to many organisms and the following trophic levels by entering their food chain and may later affect human health. This study aims to provide information on microplastics in the sediments surrounding Kuala Perlis, Malaysia. Therefore, it is expected that there will be a significant amount of microplastics in the sediments. The sample was collected on three sampling sites around Kuala Perlis, based on 0.5 m x 0.5 m quadrats. Sampling method was sieving the sample collected through 1mm sieve and later was observed, measured, and classified into their size and morphologies. Then the sample was chosen randomly and the composition was identified through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results obtained 53 item/mm2 of microplastics. The most frequent morphotypes were foams, followed by fragments, fibres, and pellet. The size range of microplastics was high in range 1.1 mm – 2.0 mm meanwhile, microplastics in size range 4.1 mm – 5.0 mm were the lowest. Furthermore, polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are the composition of MPs that were found by using FTIR. Therefore, this research added to our understanding of MP levels in Kuala Perlis.


Item Type: Student Project
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Sayed Zukinai, Sharifah Farah Naimi
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Ahmad Kamil, Dr. Khairunnisa
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology > Polymers and polymer manufacture > Plastics
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perlis > Arau Campus > Faculty of Applied Sciences
Programme: Bachelor of Sciences (Hons.) Biology
Keywords: Microplastics, sediments, Kuala Perlis
Date: February 2023
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/87975
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