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Microplastics Analytics

Microplastics Analytics

Sampling, Preparation and Detection Methods
The discussion paper "Microplastics Analytics" is one of the first published, cross-project results of the research focus "Plastics in the Environment".

This discussion paper, edited by Ecologic Institute, presents the physicochemical investigation methods used in the research focus "Plastics in the Environment", in particular for the analysis of microplastics. Therefore, representatives of the joint research projects discussed methods and analytical approaches to identify validated methods and comparable results in the various projects. The discussion paper reflects the current state the debate within the research focus. It contributes to a pool of methods that are as standardised as possible for the relevant application fields in science, industry, and administration and is available for download.

Work on the discussion paper is to be continued in the further course of the research focus. In addition, the findings are to be incorporated into national and international standardization efforts (ISO / CEN / DIN standard).

Eleven joint research projects, as well as representatives of some external projects, were involved in the preparation of the discussion paper.

The discussion paper was developed under the crosscutting issue "Methods for sampling, sample preparation, and analysis (incl. reference materials)" of the research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions" and is available for Download [pdf, 560 kB, English].


Braun, Ulrike; Jekel, Martin; Gerdts, Gunnar; Ivleva, Natalia; Reiber, Jens (2018): Discussion Paper Microplastics Analytics. Sampling, Preparation and Detection Methods. Discussion paper published in the course of the research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions". Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

English, German
Dr. Ulrike Braun (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung)
Prof. i. R., Dr.-Ing. Martin Jekel (Technische Universität Berlin)
Dr. Gunnar Gerdts (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)
Dr. Natalia P. Ivleva (Institut für Wasserchemie & Chemische Balneologie (IWC), Lehrstuhl für Analytische Chemie und Wasserchemie, Technischen Universität München)
Dr. Jens Reiber (WESSLING GmbH)

Editors: Dr. Ulf Stein and Hannes Schritt (Ecologic Institute)

23 pp.
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Table of Contents

1. Motivation/objective
2. Recommended approach
2.1 General recommendations for all analytical steps
2.2 Identification of the goal and task of MP analysis
2.3 Selection of the detection method related to the problem
2.4 Identification of sampling procedure with respect to the environmental medium
2.5 Identification of sample preparation with respect to detection and environmental medium
3. Appendix

Microplastics, Soil, Sewage, Surface water, Germany, Analytics, Methods development, Methodology of analyses, Method validation, Detection methods