Subharthe Samandra

Optimising the Laser Direct Infra-Red (LDIR) Chemical Imaging System for microplastics Analysis of environmental and biological samples.

Dr Brad Clarke and Professor Amanda Ellis

Faculty of Science, Chemistry
Australian Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants

PhD Details

Microplastics are very tiny plastic particles that will forever be circulating in our environment and consumer products. To be able to regulate them, we need to truly understand how they circulate in the environment and human body. This is why I have partnered with Agilent Technologies to explore the 8700 Laser Direct Infrared (LDIR) Chemical Imaging System for microplastics analysis. My aim is to not only quantify and identify microplastics across diverse environmental matrices and consumer products but also create an understanding of their movement through the human body by utilizing cadaver studies.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
After my undergraduate degree, I decided to do an honours degree in Analytical Chemistry. Three months into that degree, the allure of the challenges and curiosity of research drew me in. Simply put, I caught the research bug. From there, I completed my Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry) with the aspiration of undertaking a PhD. It really was a no-brainer.

What do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading Autobiographies of AFL players or psychological thrillers.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working on you PhD?
Away from my research I’m mostly immersed in the world of sports or playing sports myself.

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