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Adedapo Orekoya

The Open University


Plastic Vectors in the Air


  • Dr.Catherine Rolph
  • Dr. Carl Boardman
  • Prof. Toni Gladding 

PhD Summary

The focus of my project involves characterizing the type and size distribution of airborne plastics originating from specified point and linear sources. This will be accomplished through a fieldwork campaign based in the UK. The investigation will extend to exploring atmospheric residency times and deposition profiles through transect analyses. Once the scope of the issue is established, the subsequent steps involve quantifying and analyzing plastic surface chemistry and conducting biological characterizations. These analyses aim to determine any potential risks associated with the presence of airborne plastics. 

Previous activity

Prior to my PhD, I completed a MSc in Agricultural Water Management Engineering at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It was here I developed interest in microplastics. I completed a dissertation project on the Microplastics in Wastewater as well as the effect of acid and alkali on the integrity of microplastics.   

Why did you choose doctoral research?

I chose to pursue doctoral research because of my deep passion for advancing knowledge in microplastics. Throughout my academic journey, I have been fascinated by the complexities and unanswered questions within this field. A master’s degree provided me with a solid foundation, but I felt compelled to delve deeper, explore uncharted territories, and contribute original insights to the existing body of knowledge. 

Why did you choose CENTA?

Enrolling in the CENTA doctoral studentship program would furnish me with an increased level of support and a well-defined training structure. This ensures that I can cultivate the skills necessary not only to excel in my immediate project but also to extend my capabilities beyond it. Additionally, the program’s affiliation with NERC and environmentally minded organizations provides a unique opportunity for me to connect with leading researchers and practitioners in my field, both within the UK and internationally. Moreover, being part of a PhD cohort comprised of similarly environmentally passionate students enhances the collaborative and enriching experience that CENTA offers. 

Future plans

After completing my PhD, I aim to leverage experiences gotten to pursue career in a cooperate organisation and make meaningful contributions.