Apr 15, 2021

Comparison of microplastic identification methods using FTIR-ATR, FTIR-transmission with mapping, and Raman spectroscopy for beach sediment samples

  • Wonjoon Shim, Ph.D.

    Principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology


Three popular microplastic identification methods were practically compared with real complex environmental samples. The advantages and limitations of each method including analysis time, false positive and negative identification rates, and size and polymer types of the detected microplastics were evaluated. 

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