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Fields & Applications Environmental, Mass Spectrometry, Sample Preparation

Lotion in the Ocean

The benefits of applying sunscreen during a well-deserved beach holiday are widely acknowledged, but the environmental impact of these products is less well known. In addition to UV filters, commercial sunscreens contain a great variety of further ingredients, making sunscreen a complex matrix that is difficult to manage both analytically and environmentally. Now, researchers have developed a kinetic model capable of determining the behavior, variability, and contribution of metals and inorganic nutrients from sunscreens to seawater composition. We spoke to Araceli Rodríguez-Romero, one of the project leads, to find out more.

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Having thrown myself into various science communication activities whilst studying science at University, I soon came to realize where my passions truly lie; outside the laboratory, telling the stories of the remarkable men and women conducting groundbreaking research. Now, at Texere, I have the opportunity to do just that.

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