Microplastics are a major concern in marine environments. The detection, identification and quantification of microplastics in water and tissue samples remains challenges. FTIR microscopy allows to detect, identify and quantify microplastics.
The operation of FTIR requires high technical expertise available at the operator facility.
The Ghent University Laboratory for Environmental Toxicology (GhEnToxLab) has a strong background in marine research, focussing on ecological and ecotoxicological approaches to assess potential impacts on marine ecosystems. GhEnToxLab is a leading expert on microplastics research in the marine environment. The group offers state-of-the-art facilities for microplastic research, including imaging facilities. GhEnToxLab also has expertise in vitro testing with cell lines as an animal friendly research approach to assess effects of natural and anthropgenic products in the marine environment.