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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

A fast automated solution for smaller microplastic identification

Less than 100 µm in size measurement ✓ Fast, automated technique ✓ Semi-quantitative results 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

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

LUMOS is a fully automated FTIR microscope. Designed to combine best performance for visible inspection and infrared spectral analysis more

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News Microplastics

  • Nanoplastic particles love company

    Polyethylene, a plastic that is both cheap and easy to process, accounts for nearly one-third of the world’s plastic waste. An interdisciplinary team from the University of Bayreuth has investigated the progressive degradation of polyethylene in the environment for the first time. Although the degra more

  • analytica 2022: Analytics that benefit consumer and environmental protection

    Is that asparagus really local? Has the honey been diluted with cheap sugar? “analytica provides food inspectors with all the tools they need to answer these questions quickly and reliably,” says Armin Wittmann, analytica Exhibition director at Messe München. At the world's leading trade fair for la more

  • Dangerous plastics

    The fact that microplastics can also trigger evolutionary changes has now been shown for the first time by an international team of scientists from the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre Frankfurt (SBiK-F) and the Esto 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

  • 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

  • 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

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