Pittcon 2022 | March 5 - 9, 2022
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Analysis of Microplastics in Water

  • SC Office A302
  • Course Number:SC14450
Monday,March 07, 2022:1:00 PM -5:00 PM


Damia Barcelo
Full Professor - IDAEA-CSIC, Director
Catalan Insitute for Water Research


The analysis l of microplastics (MPs) pollution in water is identified as one major problems the world is currently facing. Nowadays, it is estimated that annually between 4 and 12 million tons of plastic go into the seas and oceans. In this respect, characterization of MPs in waters is still one of the remaining challenges because they can be easily confused with organic or other types of matter. In this short course, techniques and instrumentation for MPs analysis using Raman and FT-IR spectroscopies and microscopies, pyrolysis and thermal desorption GC/MS, and l LC/MS/MS will be discussed . This short course will report as well green guidelines on the consumption of solvents/reagents and energy during MPs analysis. Case studies of MPs pollution from Europe, US, China , India and Middle East will be reported. Lastly, the increased MPs pollution after Covid-19 outbreak by the use of maks , gloves and related plastic medical equipment will be highlighted.

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Course Outline

1.Introduction to Microplastics (MPS)
2.Sampling, Separation and Clean up of MPs in Water
3.Identification, Quantification and Confirmation
4.Microscopy, Raman and FT-IR Spectroscopy, Pyrolisis and Thermal Desorption GC/MS , LC/MS/MS
5. Considerations on Green Analytical Methods for MPs in Water
6.Case studies of MPs in water from Europe, US, India, Middle East, and China
7.Increased MPs pollution following Covid-19 outbreak

Learning Objectives

Participants should have some general knowledge of mass spectrometry and general spectroscopic analytical techniques like FTIR as well as on organic trace analysis. This is an Ideal course for PH D students or chemists that want to learn about the environmental analysis of microplastics.

Additional Info

Categories (Up to 5):
Analytical Metrology,Environmental Analysis,Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry,Mass Spectrometry,Microscopy,Water-Wastewater

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Scientific Specialties:
Chromatography – Gas,Mass Spectrometry,Spectroscopy - IR/Raman

Target Audience:
Chemists, Technicians, Analytical chemists involved in Method Development, Regulatory personnel

Type of Industry:
Analytical Chemistry/Equipment/Instruments,Environmental/Air/Water/Wastewater,Polymers/Coatings/Rubber