Polymers Identification by Infrared Spectroscopy:

From Reverse Engineering to Quality Control to Microplastics

March 11, 2021
8:00 a.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. EST / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET - Duration: 60 Minutes


The polymer industry is one of the world’s largest industrial sectors.  Greater than 95% of all products contain polymers of some sort.  These products range across items like automobiles, pharmaceuticals, toys, packaging, computer and cell phones, and so on.  There are a few areas where characterizing these polymer-based objects can be important: first is reverse engineering to facilitate product development in a highly competitive marketplace; second is quality control to identify product defects or failures; and third is the rapid and accurate identification of microplastics present in the environment.  IR spectroscopy is especially well suited for the analysis of polymers in an industrial setting.  As a nondestructive analytical tool, IR is highly specific, sensitive and particularly well suited for the nondestructive of polymer-based materials.  Examples will be shown for each of these cases.

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Tom Tague
Applications Manager,
Bruker Corporation
Kelly McSweeney
Contributing Editor,
C&EN Media Group


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