A group of researchers of the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP) had the approval of a scientific article entitled "An emerging class of air pollutantes: Potential effects of microplastics to respiratory human health?", and its publication in the Science of The Total Environment (STOTEN) journal, of Elsevier, on August 13th, 2020.

“The article approaches the issue of microplastics in the air, detected worldwide, as an emerging pollutant with an emphasis on the potential harmful effects they can have on respiratory health when inhaled. Our review aims to show the main results within this scope, from a literature that has emerged recently, between 2016 and 2017", says Prof. Thais Mauad, Associate of the Department of Pathology at FMUSP and supervisor of the study.

Luís Fernando Amato Lourenço, a postdoctoral research of the Pathology Department at FMUSP, claims that, “investigations into microplastics in the air are still quite recent and the real extent of the effects on human health is unknown, therefore, it is important to do research”. He also adds: “the journal STOTEN has an impact factor of 6.55 (this number measures how much the published articles are cited in other studies), being a very relevant value in the area of environmental health”.

At this moment, the search is for understanding exposure characteristics, such as concentrations and morphology of these particles in the outdoor and indoor environment in São Paulo city and human lung tissue. It is a project supported by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and is part of the postdoctoral beneficiary Luís Fernando Amato and the responsible researcher Profa. Thais Mauad: Identification and physical-chemical characterization of environmental microplastics in the atmosphere and in human lung tissues (

Read the paper published by STOTEN, Elsevier, at:

Postdoctoral research Luís Fernando Amato Lourenço

Professor Thais Mauad