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BPA Sorption onto PE Particles

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Plastic particles exist in large quantities in the oceans. Chemical contaminants can adsorb, or 'stick' onto these particles. In this way, harmful chemicals can enter the food chain because plastic particles can be mistaken for food by aquatic life. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one such chemical contaminant and has been recognized as an endocrine system disruptor. Endocrine system diruptors are any chemicals that interfeir with the bodies hormone producing organs. BPA is used in certain plastics and resins in a high variety of products and is therefore a widespread contaminant.

Professional Development at UPRM 2017 Summer REU

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I have always been fascinated with the process of scientific development. This fascination lead me to major in a technical field; material science and engineering, and lead me to pursue exposure to research opportunities. My first true research experience is here, at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez in soft matter.

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