Microplastics are recognized to be a global contaminant of concern, with the volume of both public attention and academic research on microplastics steadily increasing. Defined as solid polymer particles, they are insoluble in water and as they are very resistant to biodegradation, they are widespread in the environment. With increasing research interest comes many divergent methods and approaches to investigating microplastics and a need to improve quality and reporting standards to produce reliable results.
It is important to consider that extraction methods are unlikely to be 100% effective, therefore it is vital that recovery standards are developed, with which the results of specific studies can be validated.
This webinar explores the effect of implementing such controls, and highlights the critical need for such standards, especially when communicating levels of microplastic contamination and risk to governments, industry and the public. Learn more about the challenges in analyzing microplastics including extraction and quantification as well as the ability to compare results from different studies.