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This study aimed to use optical components to modify and convert a compound microscope into a functional fluorescence microscope as an alternative identification procedure for microplastics in water samples. The results of this study showed that Nile Red dye was most effective in emitting fluorescence in colorless or clear plastics. Plastics that were colored showed weaker fluorescence. Rit Fabric Dye was also analyzed for fluorescence while bound to microplastics, but no fluorescence was found with this method.

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Franz, Jeanne


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