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Microplastics

Microplastics are generally understood to be plastic particles with a diameter of less than 5 mm. Due to their size, they enter the food chain, are difficult to dispose of and very persistent. The pollution of water bodies is a global problem here in particular. The main sources of the small particles are components of cosmetics and mechanically crushed plastic products, such as plastic waste.

Companies Microplastics

Wasser 3.0 gGmbH, Germany

Wasser 3.0 non-profit GmbH (gGmbH) is a green tech company from Karlsruhe, founded in 2020, which operates at the interface between materials science, water management and water technology. more

Purency GmbH, Austria

By automating the data analysis of microplastics measurements, we enable laboratories to perform a fast, scalable and high quality analysis of microplastics to protect consumers and the environment. Get in touch with us and learn more about our data analysis solutions and microplastics analysis. more

Products Microplastics

Polymer Characterization with Vertical Furnace Pyrolyzer without Sample Preparation

The EGA/PY-3030D is a multifunctionel pyrolyzer with programmable ceramic heater supporting 4 analytical methods more

FT-IR microscopy in the fast lane - the LUMOS II

Our focus: highest data quality and measurement speed ✓ Simple operating concept: users are trained in minutes ✓ Smart sustainability: does not require any costly consumables ✓ more

Find particles automatically, classify them precisely and identify them easily with Raman microscopy

ParticleScout for the WITec alpha300 series: Finding, classifying, quantifying and identifying microparticles is faster and easier than ever before. more

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FT-IR microscopy in the fast lane - the LUMOS II

LUMOS – FT-IR microscopy made easy more

Polymer Characterization with Vertical Furnace Pyrolyzer without Sample Preparation

Without complex sample preparation, analytical pyrolysis is providing a fast and reliable material characterization of practically any kind of organic sample. Unsolvable, non-volatile, solid and liquid samples can be analyzed directly. Typical samples for analytical pyrolysis are plastics, rubbers, more

Find particles automatically, classify them precisely and identify them easily with Raman microscopy

ParticleScout enables unprecedented speed and ease of use for microparticle analysis with Raman microscopy through the automated integration of optical components, advanced algorithms, spectroscopic capabilities and spectral database software. Particles smaller than 1 µm can be analyzed in detail. " more

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q&more articles Microplastics

  • Pollutants in ocean-floor sediment

    What kinds of contaminants are enriched in sediment – and are these then absorbed by the organisms that live there? What role do microplastics play? To answer these questions, Professor Gesine Witt’s team is using pollutant samplers made from silicone-coated glass fibre to investigate the sea floor. And not just as research for research’s sake but because the protection of our environment is a top priority. more

  • Light-regulated production of biodegradable plastics

    Light is a powerful tool to manipulate a vast variety of chemical processes. The use of specific photo-chromic molecules allows chemists to perform reactions in a reversible fashion with a high spatio-temporal resolution. more

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