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Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Plastics in the Marine Environment

  • Hideshige Takada
  • Hrissi K. Karapanagioti
  • Provides new insights into the environmental impact of chemicals associated with plastics

  • Identifies research points that need to be addressed in the future

  • Will appeal to environmental managers, scientists and policymakers


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Anthony L. Andrady, Nepali Rajapakse
    Pages 1-17
  3. Charita S. Kwan, Hideshige Takada
    Pages 51-70
  4. Kalliopi N. Fotopoulou, Hrissi K. Karapanagioti
    Pages 71-92
  5. Christos Ioakeimidis, François Galgani, George Papatheodorou
    Pages 93-120
  6. Marcus Eriksen, Martin Thiel, Laurent Lebreton
    Pages 135-162
  7. Rei Yamashita, Kosuke Tanaka, Bee Geok Yeo, Hideshige Takada, Jan A. van Franeker, Megan Dalton et al.
    Pages 163-183
  8. Peter G. Ryan
    Pages 235-266
  9. Kosuke Tanaka, Rei Yamashita, Hideshige Takada
    Pages 267-280
  10. Hrissi K. Karapanagioti, Hideshige Takada
    Pages 297-305
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


This volume consists of 15 chapters and focuses on hazardous chemicals, how they are associated with plastics, and their environmental risks. It includes background information on plastics and additives chemistry, and their observed or potential effects on living organisms as well as the oceanographic aspects of marine debris dispersion. The respective chapters provide insights into the sorption/desorption of chemicals in and out of plastics, the mechanisms and kinetics, but also the scale of the concentrations of chemicals found in marine debris, particularly in microplastics. The occurrence of the various chemicals is analyzed, as well as the distribution profiles of the chemicals in microplastics throughout the world’s oceans. The implications of the fact that plastics carry within them several chemicals are discussed in detail. In closing, new research topics that warrant further attention are identified. The book will appeal to all scientists who are already working or interested in starting to work on the topic of marine debris, as well as policymakers, NGOs and the broader informed public.


Additives Microplastics Degradation Plastic waste Marine debris

Editors and affiliations

  • Hideshige Takada
    • 1
  • Hrissi K. Karapanagioti
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (LOG)Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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