Plastics are ubiquitous in everyday life, from bottled beverages and food packaging to household products and industrial components. As a result, their increasing prevalence in the environment is becoming a global concern.
Understanding the effects of microplastic pollution is a central challenge for environmental scientists. However, the legislative environment surrounding microplastics research is constantly evolving. The development and implementation of techniques that help researchers identify, characterize, and quantify microplastic contaminants in different matrices will provide important insights into the legislative landscape in different geo-environments.
To combat this growing concern, Thermo Fisher Scientific offers intuitive instruments, fit-for-purpose software, and technical expertise to help scientists analyze microplastics and assess their impact on human health and the environment.
The development of techniques such as FTIR and Raman spectroscopy enables researchers to examine the chemical composition of polymers at the molecular level. When combined with the morphological information provided by microscopy, these techniques can shed light on the origin, transportation, and fate of microplastic particles found throughout the environment.
This eBook thoroughly explores microplastic pollution and demonstrates the impact of innovative vibrational microspectroscopy techniques on this field of research.
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