Assessment of Microplastic Pollutants in Idah Local Government Area Along River Niger, Kogi State, Nigeria
Authors: Usman SO, Ogbe KU, Ameh EM, Achor PO
This study was to investigate the concentration of microplastic pollutants in Idah local Government Area along River Niger in Kogi State, Nigeria. The water and sediment of River Niger was collected with a non-plastic equipment-container from Idah in Kogi state, using a random sampling method. The sediments sample was prepared in the laboratory by sanitizing, heating, sieving and filtering before it was examined by a stereomicroscope and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) for microplastic identification and analysis. The total of the microplastic discovered in the water by the FTIR and the stereomicroscope were 510,419 ppm and 455,600 ppm respectively. Also, the microplastic discovered in the sediment using FTIR and stereomicroscope were 496,281 ppm and 118,500 ppm respectively. The sum total of the microplastic discovered in both water and sediment were 1,047,200 ppm and 574,100 ppm respectively using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.
Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Kogi Nigeria.
Keywords: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Microplastic, River Niger, Pollutant, Stereomicroscope
Published date: 2019/12/30