Alexander Finnegan

Postdoctoral researcher


My research focuses on identifying and quantifying the types of losses and emissions generated during the recycling of plastic waste, as part of the LEmPlaR project. Further interests include developing novel microplastic analyses and optimizing more commonly applied methods and protocols.


PhD, Thesis title – “Freshwater and atmospheric plastic pollution in Southeast Asia”, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2022
MSc, Petroleum Geochemistry, Newcastle University, UK, 2015
BSc, Physical Geography with a year in North America, University of Leicester, UK, 2014

Research interests

Microplastics, Plastic pollution, Recycling, Waste management, Water quality

Selected list of publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • Finnegan et al. (2022) Man-made natural and regenerated cellulosic fibres greatly outnumber microplastic fibres in the atmosphere. Environmental Pollution.
  • Finnegan and Gouramanis (2021) Projected plastic waste loss scenarios between 2000 and 2030 into the largest freshwater-lake system in Southeast Asia. Scientific Reports.