PerkinElmer

Polymer Identification

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:

  • Polymer identification and quantitation
  • Organic additive identification in polymers
  • Inorganic additive identification in polymers
 

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Solutions

Hyphenated Technology Instruments

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.

  • See in real time how materials respond to non-standard test environments like high UV levels or humidity changes
  • Measure gases evolved from samples being tested by a thermal analyzer

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.

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Spectrum Two FT-IR Spectrometer

Easy to use, powerful, compact and robust – Spectrum Two is the FT-IR spectrometer of choice for everyone, everywhere. With fully integrated, robust universal sampling for trouble-free measurements and portability options, Spectrum Two is ideal for use in both laboratory and remote testing environments. Ideally suited to everyday analysis, you can confidently perform fast, accurate IR analysis and assure the quality of your materials across a wide range of applications.

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Spotlight 400 FT-IR Imaging System

Spotlight IR microscope systems are designed to meet the challenges of an expanding laboratory by generating high-quality, reproducible data from a variety of sample types. The Spotlight 400 FT-IR Imaging System combines high sensitivity and rapid imaging with ease-of-use. The ability to image large sample areas rapidly at high spatial resolution extends FT-IR microscopy into new applications.

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Spotlight 200i FT-IR Microscopy System

Spotlight 200i FTIR Microscope System is a high-performance microscopy platform, designed to generate high-quality, reproducible data from a variety of sample types.

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Polymer Identification - Insights & Learning

Analysis of PAHs in Marine Plastic Debris from North Atlantic Gyre

This study measures the levels of PAHs on the surface of microplastic particles to understand the risk to the marine biological ecosystem.

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Water Pollution by Microscopic Plastic Particles Article

This article explains microscopic particle pollution in water with the effect also on food chain and decribes IR spectrometry analysis technique used to determine and quantify all kinds of plastic in the water.

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Microplastics and persistent fluorinated chemicals in the Antarctic

This briefing presents the findings of water samples to confirm the presence of microplastics in Antarctic waters.

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Optimizing the Workflow for Microplastic Analysis by FT-IR Microscopy

This white paper will take you through the steps from the raw sample to answers.

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