Recent studies have shown that plastic particles can sorb antibiotics, and these sorption properties have been examined in various studies; however, the possible mechanism responsible for the interactions requires a deeper investigation in terms of further interaction with living systems. Moreover, the usage of disposable surgical masks and plastic bottles has increased the plastic pollution risk for living systems like humans. Therefore, the study ‘Multispectroscopic Characterization of Surface Interaction between Antibiotics and Micro(nano)-sized Plastics from Surgical Masks and Plastic Bottles’ contributed by Prof. Dr. Aslı BAYSAL from Chemistry Department was published in the journal “ACS Omega” aimed to examine the sorption characteristics between antibiotics (amoxicillin and spiramycin) and plastic particles from surgical masks and plastic bottles through batch sorption experiments. The results indicated that the surface interaction between micro(nano)plastics and antibiotics can be variable according to the polymer and antibiotic types. Moreover, the findings could be important since the interaction between antibiotics and micro(nano)plastics has a primary impact on the human health–pathogen relationship.

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