Analysis of a Range of Polymers by Automated Pyrolysis GC-MS Using the GERSTEL Pyro

Martin Perkins

9th October 2019


Significant media attention has highlighted the issue of single use plastics in the environment. These often get shredded/abraded into microplastic that could be consumed by aquatic organisms.

Pyrolysis GC-MS is a technique that allows identification of the polymeric material by subjecting the sample to high temperatures (up to 1000 ˚C) in an inert atmosphere, the resulting pyrolysis products are transferred to the GC-MS for Chromatographic separation and analysis.

 

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