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Microfiber Detection Analysis

Microfibers are one of the most common types of microplastic pollution we find in the environment, which can cause pollution to the environment, especially water pollution. Alfa Chemistry provides customers with detection and analysis services for microfiber contamination to support the research and development of sustainable fiber materials. Our fiber analysis laboratory has a strong technical infrastructure and a team of well-trained and experienced experts.

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Microfiber Detection Analysis

Microfibers are shed during the production, processing and use of fibrous materials and their products and are released into the environment, especially the water environment, causing pollution. Therefore, the qualitative and quantitative analysis of microfibers themselves is one of the basic tasks of microplastic pollution research. Combining extensive analytical experience, advanced technology and interdisciplinary expertise, our team provides customers with comprehensive and systematic microfiber contamination detection and analysis services, as well as detailed analysis results and reports. Our optional services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Microfiber Shedding Assessment
    The quality, quantity, shape, length, morphology, distribution and other parameters of the exfoliated microfibers were evaluated.
  • Microfiber Composition Analysis
    Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the composition of microfibers, such as natural fibers, polymer fibers, etc.
  • Assessing The Environmental Impact of Microfibers
    Detect the content of microfibers in the environment (such as wastewater); evaluate the distribution, migration and fate of microfibers in the environment; predict the migration behavior of microfibers in the environment.
  • Microfiber Safety Assessment
    Assess the bioaccumulation, toxic effects, ecological safety and health risks of microfibers in the environment.
  • Others
    On top of the above tests, we also offer individual tests and services that meet your requirements. We are working to reduce microfiber emissions and improve the sustainability of fiber materials.

Common Analytical Techniques

Common Analytical Techniques

Several optical, spectroscopic and microscopy techniques can be used to successfully detect microfibers. For example, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, atomic spectroscopy, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive analysis using X-rays can all be used to rapidly detect the presence of microfibers. In addition, chromatographic mass spectrometry, pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) and other hyphenated techniques are also commonly used methods for microfiber detection.

For the study of the effects of microfibers on biology and human health, technologies such as high-end mass spectrometry and cell analysis are very powerful research methods.

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Research Information

The impact of microfibers on the marine environment is also receiving ongoing attention. The presence of microfibers in the marine environment mainly comes from the shedding of fibers and the breaking of bulk plastics and fabrics that are thrown directly into water sources as waste. Researchers are working to develop important treatment technologies for removing these pollutants. Effective methods that have been reported include membrane bioreactors, microfiber capture bags, etc. [1]

Types of synthetic microfiber pollutants present in the ocean.Types of synthetic microfiber pollutants present in the ocean.


  1. Sunanda Mishra, et al. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2019, 140, 188-197.

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