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Identification of Microplastics by FTIR and Raman Spectroscopy

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The presence of microplastics in the environment and our food chain is of growing concern. This has led to increased testing for the presence of microplastics in a variety of samples including bottled, ocean and fresh water, which has brought about stricter legislation to limit the amount of plastics entering the ecosystem. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies are complementary techniques, that have long been used for the analysis of polymers. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they are also exploited to identify microplastics. This whitepaper provides an overview of how these powerful analytical tools can be used to identify microplastics.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about:

  • The analysis of varied particle sizes
  • Sampling techniques and automation options for infrared microscopy
  • Raman microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy