Micro-Nano Plastics in Water: Characterization, Cure and Prevention

July 2025

Abstract Submission

Conference Chair

David Hunkeler, Aqua+Tech

David is the Director of AQUA+TECH Specialties in Switzerland. The company, in its 27th year, develops, produces and markets water treatment solutions to five continents. It was selected as the top environmental company in Europe and David was Switzerland’s entrepreneur of the year. David has written eleven books, including Water: Resource-Stewardship-Treatment, and this is the fourth ECI conference that he has organized. He also has created three charities which support over 170 people as well as biomedical research.

About This Conference

Plastics are ubiquitous in all aspects of modern life, including food packaging, health care and household products. There has been a massive increase in plastics production over the past several decades and there has been serious attention paid to managing plastic wastes, particularly focused on recycling/reuse. However, as of the present time it has not been feasible, either technically or economically, to achieve a fully circular system. Those plastic materials that are not processed for reuse, known as end-of-life plastics, end up in landfills or in other waste processing systems (e.g., incineration) or advanced recycling (e.g., pyrolysis) or directly disposed of in the environment. Here, micro- and nano-plastic (MNP) may be generated through incomplete decomposition of the materials. These MNP enter the air, soil and water environments where plants, animals, and humans may be exposed. The widespread occurrence of plastic globally, including in the ocean environment, has caused concern in the scientific community. Recently, there have been reports of MNP being found in drinking water supplies of major cities, raising additional concerns over potential public health risks. 

As an example of focus on MNP, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) has identified the need for fundamental research in the areas of characterizing and separating plastics and decomposing them into environmentally benign or useful molecules.  Additionally, an emerging topic is forensic analysis techniques to detect, quantify, and track MNP in environmental and engineering systems. Ideally, any transformations would be accomplished prior to plastic reaching the environment, e.g., possible technological advances in the design of water and wastewater treatment systems may offer some viable solutions.

This ECI conference will present timely research and advancements to explore the issue of MNP in the marine and freshwater environment.  Importantly, this conference will explore research and technological solutions for MNP being conducted by universities, the plastics industry, and governmental institutions.  Achieving a circular economy for plastics is being debated on the global stage, but MNP are currently widespread in the environment and mitigation of potential risks is a public health priority.

Organizing Committee

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D., P.E., ECI Technical Liaison, ECI Environmental Engineering sub-committee co-Chair;  past Executive Director, National Society of Professional Engineers

Nicholas L. Clesceri, Ph.D., P.E. (retired), F. ASCE, Professor of Environmental Engineering (emeritus); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Member ECI Board of Directors; Chair, Conferences Committee

Franco Berruti, Ph.D., P.Eng., Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University. NSERC Industrial research Chair in Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass and Waste to Bioindustrial Resources


World Water Day
March 22, 2024

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited which address micro- and nano-plastics (MNP) in water.  The summary should highlight work which characterizes the source, fate and sink of microplastics in the environment, possible cures and preventions.  It is assumed that all those attending, be they from academia, government, industry, NGOs, assessment organizations or funding, are suitably versed with the problem of microplastics that this need not be a topic of a presentation.

Step 1: Expression of Interested

If you are considering submission of an abstract for this conference, the organizers would appreciate your sending an email to info@engconfintl.org to indicate your interest.

Step 2: Abstract

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                    June 30, 2024

Poster abstract submission deadline:                July 31, 2024

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results/observations and/or conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepare your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Oral Presentations and Posters:

Note: Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.


Awards will be presented to the top student posters as well as the top non-student poster.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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