Sensor for Microplastic Research Designed by Student
More than 250 metric tons of microplastic are estimated to be floating in the world’s oceans. And the cost to take a research vessel out to study those particles and their dispersion patterns can be astronomical.
To solve the high-cost issue, without sacrificing on data collection, a Northeastern student created a sensor to gather and categorize microplastics.
Ethan Edson, S’15, presented his “Mantaray” prototype sensor at RISE:2015 this past April and earned the undergraduate award in the Engineering and Technology category. He graduated in May with his bachelor’s degree in environmental science.
As a first deployment this summer, Edson said he hopes to use the sensor to collect microplastics in Boston Harbor.
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