Topic of the Month: February 2015

Focus on microplastics

Effective examination of minute polymer residue in marine samples

Wasserfloh mit Plastikpartikeln im Verdauungstrakt, deutlich sichtbar (rot) in der Fluoreszenzaufnahme. Foto: Chr. Laforsch

The problem with the smallest particles

Image: istockphoto

In the course of their studies [10], Elke Fries et al. examined marine microplastic particles that they extracted from sand samples taken at some places on the beach at the northern end of the East Frisian island of Norderney, using all the laboratory facilities they had at their disposal.

International efforts to obtain more information

Programm of a microplastic sample collected of the island Norderney. Image: E. Fries

A look at the technical and application details

Background information

System for the fully automated pyrolysis GC/MS analysis of microplastic. Image: GERSTEL

Efficient obtainment of valuable information

References

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