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FTIR Microscopy for Children?

Explaining FTIR to kids

„The show with the mouse“ has been called „the school of the nation“. It regularly features news articles and topics that are easy to understand for kids, but address quite complex matters. This time about microplastic and the use of FTIR.

What’s the news?

On its recent episode (May 19th), „the mouse“ cooperated with the AWI (Alfred Wegener Institute) to explain the dangers of microplastic. Besides the analysis of a beach sample, they also showed how the material is prepared for FTIR analysis.

You can watch a the video here (if your German is not too rusty!). Microplastic analysis starts at 7m02s.

„The mouse“ is known for being able to explain even extremely complex facts precisely and to the point. As a result, it is usually not only the children who learn a lot when it airs. This is exactly why it enjoys such a good reputation on public television.

HYPERION FTIR microscope at the AWI for the Analysis of micro particles smaller than 500 µm (Photo: Sebastian Primpke, AWI)

What is the Alfred Wegener Institute?

As the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is primarily concerned with cold and temperate regions of the world.

Together with international partners, the AWI aims to decode the many complex processes on our planet. They’re mainly investigating how climate change is affecting polar regions and oceans.

In recent years, the institute has become one of the driving forces behind microplastic research and is networked worldwide to counter this growing crisis. By taking up this fascinating scientific challenge, the researchers at AWI are also doing some futurology.

Why are we telling you this?

First, because you can take a really close look at the process of microplastic analysis by experienced scientists. Second, because the AWI is utilizing Bruker FTIR Imaging Microscopes and FTIR spectrometers for the investigation of microplastics.

Bruker takes microplastic pollution very serious and is actively pursuing new technologies to improve established methods. If you want to learn more visit our website on microplastics or download our AppNote.