“AN IRISH TEENAGER has won an international science award for his project which removed microplastics from water.
“Fionn Ferreira, from Ballydehob in west Cork, has been named the overall winner of the 2019 Google Science Fair, a prestigious annual global science competition open to students aged 13 and 18.
“Ferreira used ferrofluids, a combination of oil and magnetite powder, and magnets to extract microplastics from water.
“In 1,000 tests, Ferreira was able to remove over 87% of microplastics from water samples.
“Ferreira stated that his proposal could “form the basis for an effective way of extracting microplastic from water”, adding: “The next step is to scale this up to an industrial scale.”
“Ireland plans to introduce legislation that will outlaw the sale, manufacture, import and export of products containing microplastics.”
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