One of the principal analytical techniques for identifying polymers is infrared (IR) spectroscopy. We deliver a family of advanced instruments, from the Spotlight™ 200i and Spotlight 400 IR imaging systems to the portable, fast, and easy-to-use Spectrum Two™ IR system, all outfitted with ready-made protocols, a materials library, and unique Spectrum Touch™ software. These are the instruments of choice for researchers involved in the identification and quantification of synthetic polymer microbeads, as well as for analyzing other compounds in water – everything from visible plastic to below-100 µm microplastics.
An important factor in identifying the source of a microplastic particle is the additives used to enhance polymer performance. A common technique is thermal analysis or pyrolysis, combined with GC/MS for high-sensitivity analysis of polymers and their organic additives (as well as characterization of particles below 100 µm). ICP-MS analysis is also used for identification and analysis of inorganic additives in the plastic.
Typical applications in microplastic particle characterization include:
For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedure.
Uncover results and insights not possible through single instruments and individual analytical techniques. Our Hyphenated Solutions couple two instruments to greatly increase the power of your analyses and save you precious time by acquiring more information from a single run.
PerkinElmer Thermogravimetric (TG) instruments can be coupled to Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), Mass Spectrometry (MS), or Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) to provide you with greater knowledge.
These technologies help advance the power of analysis in your laboratory. The more you know, the more you can do. Our fully-functioning hyphenated systems are installed for you and ready to use – no need for self-assembly or guessing at which parts will work in a homegrown system.