Identification Potential of Microplastics from Recycled Plastic Modified Asphalt Mixtures

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-REG77

Fiscal Year: 2021/2022

Status: In Progress

Principal investigator(s): Thomas Bennert, Ph.D. (PI), Rutgers, The State University
Nicole Fahrenfeld, Ph.D. (Co-PI), Rutgers, The State University

Performing organization(s): Rutgers CAIT

Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT

In cooperation with: New Jersey Department of Transportation
Partner project manager: Robert Blight, Executive Manager, Bureau of Pavement & Drainage Management & Technology

Supported by: USDOT-OST-R

UTC, grant, or agreement no.: 69A3551847102


The primary goal of this proposal is to evaluate the potential release and detection of micro-plastics from hot mix asphalt modified with recycled plastic modifiers.

The intended outcome of the project is to provide a testing method that can help the asphalt industry identify when a potential for the release of microplastic(s) from asphalt mixtures can occur.  If the procedure was found successful, training products, such as a webinar and/or training products, can be developed and distributed.