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Micro and Nano Particles: Characterization, Evolution, & Impact



  December 3, 2019

  8:00 a.m. PST, 11:00 a.m. EST, 16:00 GMT, 17:00 CET




Nanomaterials and microplastics are not new to us. Nanomaterials, chemical structures with at least one dimension of 1 to 100 nanometers, are produced through natural processes such as volcanic eruptions as well as through manufacturing for the past several decades. Microplastics are nearly all manmade material, plastic particles less than five millimeters in length. Although the benefits of plastics and nanotechnology are undeniable, there are mounting concerns over the potential negative impact they may pose to human and environmental health. Usage guidance and regulatory standards are evolving as these materials continue to be present in every day products. An overview of sources, contamination, and impacts of nanomaterials and microplastics as well as best practices for their analysis will be discussed.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • How to detect and identify nanomaterials using ICP-MS
  • How to detect and identify microplastic particles using IR microscopy
  • Understand optimal sample preparation and different techniques used to collect and analyze samples

Who Should Attend

  • Laboratory chemists and technicians who perform particle contaminant analyses for their clients
  • Researchers seeking information on analytical approaches to particulate (microplastics or nanomaterials) analysis
  • Water Quality Scientist or Chemist working with public water supplies or water treatment facilities and assessing pollution impact of microplastics or nanomaterials
  • Industrial Chemists or Scientists who are performing materials testing for potential release of nanomaterials or microplastics related to manufacturing processes or production of products designed for human consumption
  • Laboratory Managers/Directors seeking opportunities to gain efficiencies relating to particulate contaminant analysis


Dr. Ruth Merrifield
Field Application Scientist,
Ian Robertson
Senior Applications Scientist,


Jeff Huber
Contributing Editor
C&EN Media Group