Study by University of Catalonia on plastic concentrations in soil shows the applicability of NIRONE Sensors in soil analysis

An interesting study by Arnau Luco Colilles et al at (University of Catalonia) on plastic concentrations in soil showing possibilities of applying Spectral Engines’ NIRONE sensor in soil analysis: “Evaluation of two compact near-infrared spectrometers for the detection of microplastics in soil samples.”


Spectral Engines’ NIRONE S2.0 sensor with wavelength range 1550-1950 nm was used to measure five of the most used plastics worldwide were used: polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in soil. According to this study the NIRONE S2.0 sensor was capable to differentiate all types of microplastics in soil at concentrations of 1–2 %.


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