Microplastics encompass an array of plastic-derived materials with differing shapes, sizes, chemical compositions, densities and colors. Despite a lack of uniform scientific definition, they are often described as plastic particles smaller than 5mm in length.1 This is subjective due to inter-changeable upper and lower limits of analytical detection depending upon several factors. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on microplastics in drinking water.2 They concluded that limited data is available, and more investigational work is required to determine the complete impact that microplastics and nanoplastics elicit upon human health from other sources, as opposed to drinking water alone. More recently, California is aiming to produce the world’s first guidelines on microplastics in drinking water, under the provision that the U.S State’s Water Control Board can issue a health-based threshold and standard testing methods by July 1st.3
Microplastics Brochures and Application Notes
Agilent provides solutions for the detection and analysis of microplastics. Infrared (IR) imaging provides the opportunity to simultaneously identify the shape, size, and characterization of microplastics; something that is lacking in many other analyzation techniques. In addition, Agilent offers both benchtop and portable handheld solutions to analyze microplastics onsite in the environment enabling immediate and real-time information.
8890 GC System
The 8890 Gas Chromatograph (GC) System continues Agilent's legacy as the provider of proven gas chromatography systems that deliver the utmost reliability and highest performance. As the most flexible and configurable gas chromatography system, the 8890 addresses whatever your specific analysis demands. When your results are critical and instrument operation is a must, the 8890 exceeds expectations for uptime and accuracy, every time.
1) Eerkes-Medrano D, Thompson RC and Aldridge DC (2015). Microplastics in freshwater systems: a review of the emerging threats, identification of knowledge gaps and prioritisation of research needs. Water Research, 75:63–82. doi: 10.1016/j. watres.2015.02.012.