The degradation potential of bisphenol A from aqueous solution by Azolla Cristata and Salvinia Molesta
Microplastics are tiny particles that toxic substances can bind to. My report investigated one such substance, namely bisphenol A, or BPA for short, in an aqueous solution. Removal of BPA is of considerable interest since BPA poses significant challenges to both marine life and humans. A water fern, A. filiculoides, has been shown to degrade BPA and this report investigated two water ferns, A. cristata and S. molesta, closely related to A. filiculoides. The results suggest that the two water ferns investigated also are capable of degrading BPA and to understand how, I investigated shared characteristics between the three plants. One similarity was that they all can behave like an enzyme. Using said enzyme, an explanation for how BPA is degraded and what it degrades into was suggested. The final product is proposed to be carbon dioxide and water.