Microplastics – Analytical Methods – Raman Spectroscopy – Reference Library of Polymer Categories Announced

According to the abstract of a December 24, 2022 Nature Scientific Data article https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01883-5 by researchers with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and S & N Labs: “… identifying the polymer composition is key for resolving the material origin, geographic source, and ecosystem life cycle of ocean plastics … Raman spectroscopy is an increasingly preferred identification method for its accuracy and reduced likelihood of misinterpretation … we provide an open-access reference library of high-quality, broad-spectrum Raman spectra of major polymer categories germane to marine environments … We hope this reference library can help this rapidly expanding scientific community and facilitate progress in the global plastic pollution crisis …” @MBARI_News #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics