Engineering a microbial ‘trap and release’ mechanism for microplastics removal

  title={Engineering a microbial ‘trap and release’ mechanism for microplastics removal},
  author={Sylvia Yang Liu and Matthew Leung and James Kar-Hei Fang and Song Lin Chua},
  journal={Chemical Engineering Journal},

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