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Using the Freezer/Mill for Microplastics Research

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Author: SPEX SamplePrep

SPEX SamplePrep’s Freezer/Mill is a cryogenic grinder specifically designed for milling and grinding of tough or temperature sensitive samples. In a recent study, the Freezer/Mill was used in Microplastic research.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration considers microplastics as the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are less than five millimeters in length (or about the size of a sesame seed) are defined as microplastics. Laboratory and field experiments on microplastics demand the smallest of particles sizes. Most plastic brands are tough and resilient against mechanical impact. However, the Freezer/Mill’s versatility allows for grinding of a wide variety of samples. Particle size reduction is an important step in the analytical process and we are thrilled to have the Freezer/Mill be involved with this research.

View the Freezer/Mill: https://lnkd.in/gaGfeFa

Read the full study: https://lnkd.in/gUhQ5Wf

Miksch, L., Gutow, L. and Saborowski, R. (2020): Preparation of Microparticles for Microplastic Research by Cryo-Milling, IcyMare 2020, 26 August 2020-27 August 2020.