Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sascha Klein, Ian K. Dimzon, Jan Eubeler, Thomas P. Knepper
    Pages 51-67 Open Access
  3. Rachid Dris, Johnny Gasperi, Bruno Tassin
    Pages 69-83 Open Access
  4. Chenxi Wu, Kai Zhang, Xiong Xiong
    Pages 85-99 Open Access
  5. Farhan R. Khan, Bahati Sosthenes Mayoma, Fares John Biginagwa, Kristian Syberg
    Pages 101-124 Open Access
  6. Merel Kooi, Ellen Besseling, Carolien Kroeze, Annemarie P. van Wezel, Albert A. Koelmans
    Pages 125-152 Open Access
  7. Christian Scherer, Annkatrin Weber, Scott Lambert, Martin Wagner
    Pages 153-180 Open Access
  8. Jesse P. Harrison, Timothy J. Hoellein, Melanie Sapp, Alexander S. Tagg, Yon Ju-Nam, Jesús J. Ojeda
    Pages 181-201 Open Access
  9. Kristian Syberg, Steffen Foss Hansen, Thomas Budde Christensen, Farhan R. Khan
    Pages 203-221 Open Access
  10. Johanna Kramm, Carolin Völker
    Pages 223-237 Open Access
  11. Nicole Brennholt, Maren Heß, Georg Reifferscheid
    Pages 239-272 Open Access
  12. Marcus Eriksen, Martin Thiel, Matt Prindiville, Tim Kiessling
    Pages 273-298 Open Access
  13. Merel Kooi, Ellen Besseling, Carolien Kroeze, Annemarie P. van Wezel, Albert A. Koelmans
    Pages E1-E1 Open Access
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 299-303

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This volume focuses on microscopic plastic debris, also referred to as microplastics, which have been detected in aquatic environments around the globe and have accordingly raised serious concerns. The book explores whether microplastics represent emerging contaminants in freshwater systems, an area that remains underrepresented to date.

Given the complexity of the issue, the book covers the current state-of-research on microplastics in rivers and lakes, including analytical aspects, environmental concentrations and sources, modelling approaches, interactions with biota, and ecological implications. To provide a broader perspective, the book also discusses lessons learned from nanomaterials and the implications of plastic debris for regulation, politics, economy, and society. In a research field that is rapidly evolving, it offers a solid overview for environmental chemists, engineers, and toxicologists, as well as water managers and policy-makers.


Emerging contaminants Plastic pollution Microplastic pollution Microplastic-associated biofilms Freshwater pollution Inland water pollution Plastic contamination Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Wagner
    • 1
  • Scott Lambert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department Aquatic EcotoxicologyGoethe University Frankfurt am MainFrankfurtGermany

Bibliographic information


“The present book is the first one to address the issue of MP in a freshwater context. Since it is a complex issue, it deserves a transdisciplinary perspective. This goal has been achieved by the individual and well-known authors and even more by the editors. This makes the book pretty unique. … This book is addressed to scientists and PhD students working in the environmental field of water analysis and toxicity.” (Thomas P. Knepper, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Vol. 410, 2018)