Diana Souza Moura
Microplastics as a vector for Micropollutants in Aquatic Environments
Diana is a Hydronation scholar registered in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
Diana's PhD is focussed on elucidating the potential role of microplastic particles as vectors for both natural (blue-green algal toxins) and anthropogenic (pharmaceuticals) contaminants into the food web. Over the course of her studies she will investigate the environmental conditions that lead to adsorption and desorption of selected pollutants and determine the effect of the surface chemistry of commonly occurring types of plastic.
Prior to the Hydro Nation Scholarship, Diana completed a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on water quality at the Federal University of Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil. Further, she holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering with a focus on environmental sanitation from the same university. Diana's work experience includes Ceará state's environmental protection agency, waste and potable water analysis, and analytical science laboratories in both Brazil and Scotland.
Knowledge Exchange Outputs
- Microplastics as a vector for micropollutants in aquatic environments (poster)
- Microplastics as a vector for micropollutants in aquatic environments (presentation)
- Toxic plastic particles: Microplastic as a vector for cyanobacterial toxins microcystin-LR and -LF (presentation)
- Abstract: Toxic plastic particles: Microplastic as vector for cyanobacterial toxins microcystin-LR and -LF
- Scottish Freshwater Group Spring Meeting 2021 Presentation: Microplastics as a Vector for Micropollutants in Aquatic Environments
- Aged Microplastics Enhance Adsorption of Pharmaceuticals (Bulletin Article)
- Microplastics as a Vector for Pharmaceuticals in Freshwater (Poster)
- Microcystin-LR, -LW, and -LF Adsorption on Six Microplastic Types (Poster)
- Microplastic as a Vector for Micropollutants in Aquatic Environments (Poster)
- A Potential Vector Into the Food Web: Factors Affecting the Adsorption of Three Microcystin Analogues Onto Six Virgin and Aged Microplastics (Presentation Abstract)
- Virgin and Artificially Aged Microplastics as a Vector for a Mixture of Pharmaceuticals (Presentation Abstract)
- Potentially Toxic Plastic Particles: Microplastics as a Vector of Microcystins (Presentation Abstract)
- Potentially Poisonous Plastic Particles: Microplastics as a Vector for Cyanobacterial Toxins Microcystin-LR and Microcystin-LF (Paper)
- Chiral Pharmaceutical Drug Adsorption to Natural and Synthetic Particulates in Water and their Desorption in Simulated Gastric Fluid (Paper)
- Adsorption of cyanotoxins on polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate: Microplastics as vector of eight microcystin analogues (Paper)