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