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MICROPLASATICS

What are Microplastics???

Microplastics are fragments of any type of plastic less than 5 mm in length, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the European Chemicals Agency. They enter natural ecosystems from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes.

As a result, Microplastics (MP) have recently been considered as emerging contaminants in the water environment because of its unknown effects and persistence. There are many challenges in the analysis of Environmental Microplastics due to lack of suitable techniques for sampling, sample preparation and analysis. Frontier  Lab offers PYGCMS based analytical workflow for identification and quantification (mass concentration) of microplastics in various matrices.

MICROPLASTICS ANALYSIS

Microplastics Analysis in the environment is a challenging task because of  its micro/Nano sizes and trace/ultra-trace level concentrations (ppb and sub ppb).  Although the presence of microplastics in drinking water, seawater, sediment, biota and even in air is reported by numerous reports, there are still many unanswered questions in terms of method selectivity, sensitivity and data quality.  Still researchers are looking for right choice of protocol for sampling and sample preparations and analysis.For analysis, techniques like FTIR, Raman Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy are most commonly used. But all these methods have its own challenges. We will be presenting a new method for the analysis of Microplastics which is based on Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (PY-GCMS).  Microplastics identification and quantification by PGCMS is boosted by Frontier Lab’s Microplastic Software. In this webinar, you will get to learn about microplastics and its importance, Current methods and Challenges, a new method using PYGCMS and a Software. Please contact us to know more about it.

Pyrolysis-GCMS Configuration for Microplastics Analysis

Multi Shot Pyrolyzer

Microplastics (MP) has been classified as an emerging pollutant in the environment. Accurate analysis of microplastics is far most important step to collect quality data from the environment (water, sediment, biota and air). Py-GCMS is shown to be a promising technique for identification of microplastics and quantification in terms of mass concentration. Frontier Lab has developed a simple and sensitive method for environmental microplastics using our mult-shot pyrolyzer and accessories.

Ultra Alloy Column

GC Column play an important role in trace level analysis of micro-organic pollutants. Frontier Lab has developed unique metal ultra alloy (UA) capillary column which are treated with our proprietary method for the surface treatment. Our surface treatment form multi-layered surface structures (5-7 layers, each less than 0.001 micron). These UA metal capillary columns have several advantages over traditional fused silica column. We have developed a guard column which helps improving separation of mixed microplastics. We recommend UA precolumn 50 and UA5-30M-0.5F for microplastics Analysis method.

Microplastic Software

Frontier Lab has developed a new software for microplastics analysis. F-Search MPs 2.0 allows users to easily identify and quantify unknown microplastics (MPs) in the
environment. It consists of a sophisticated search program with mass spectral libraries of
pyrolyzates. The software is used with the data obtained by pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass
Spectrometry. Some of its important features are:

  1. Quick identification of polymer types for unknown MPs
  2. Automatic creation of calibration curves and quick quantification
  3. Library of twelve commonly used polymers
 

International Online Symposium on Environmental Microplastics

Microplastics (MP) have recently been considered as emerging contaminants in the water environment. In the last number of years,  many of Scientific literature reported that Microplastic particles are distributed widely throughout the world’s freshwaters, oceans, and seas, including the water column and sediments reaching as far as the deep sea. However, the practical considerations and protocols for microplastic pollution have not been understood properly regarding their distribution, biotoxicity, sampling, and identification in the aquatic environment. There are many questions remain open. This symposium provides an opportunity to share available knowledge, fill in gaps, identify new questions and research needs, and develop commitments to operationalize solutions; and generate momentum for the work that remains to be done. 

Frontier Lab is participating in this symposium as a Gold Sponsor and will be present our solution for Microplastics Analysis