This page provides educational resources, events, news and products related to microplastics. Content will cover aspects from microplastic detection techniques and remediation, to the issues they cause for the environment and health.
Microplastics – Highlights
Microplastics: What Do We Know About This Emerging Contaminant?
This article will address the emerging issue of microplastics in our food chain, how they get there, what harm they may be causing and what is being done to detect and prevent or limit them.
Pyrolysis-GC-MS: A Powerful Tool for Microplastics Analysis
In this article, we explore py-GC-MS, how it can be used in the field of microplastic analysis and the advantages it may offer over traditional methods based on microscopy or spectroscopy.
Microplastic Analysis and the Future Detection Landscape
The full impact that microplastics have on health and the environment is still not well understood, however, mounting evidence regarding their negative effects has made microplastics a topic of interest for scientists, governments and regulatory bodies. We spoke to Kathleen A. Young about microplastics detection techniques and technologies, the importance of standards and how regulations may come to fruition in the years to come.
The Evolving Problem of Microplastics in a PPE Era
Microplastics are now ubiquitous in our lives and environment. To compound the problem, the advent of COVID-19 has seen uptake of single-use plastics in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE) skyrocket. We spoke to Kathleen A. Young about how the microplastics issue has evolved in light of COVID-19, particularly around PPE waste and what gains are being made in the areas of testing and analysis standards.
Embryo Malformations Caused by Nanoplastics
According to research, nanoplastics can cause malformations in the nervous system, heart and eyes of embryos.
Negative Effects of PET Nanoplastics on Metabolism Investigated
Researchers have been able to observe how nanoplastics formed from PET – a plastic commonly used in plastic bags and bottles – accumulate in organs and alter the biochemistry of an organism.
Plastic Nanoparticles in Mom's Food Pass to Unborn Offspring
In rats, nanoscale plastic particles pass from pregnant mothers to their unborn children and may impair fetal development. Research suggests that the same process happens in humans.
Microplastics Not on Copepods' Dinner Menu
Scientists found very few microplastics in Danish waters small enough for copepods to eat them and when they do enter their mouths, they usually spit them out, allaying fears that microplastics accumulate in the food chain via copepods.
Agilent Announces Enhanced 8700 LDIR Chemical Imaging System for Microplastics Analysis
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the release of its enhanced 8700 LDIR Chemical Imaging System, which has been further optimized for the analysis of microplastics in environmental samples.
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Advances in Food Testing and Environmental Analysis
Whether you are an environmental scientist or work to ensure that food meets the legal requirements for the consumer, it is imperative you keep up to speed with current research and thus the techniques and best practices that evolve from this research.