Characterizing the Marine Menace – Microplastics

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles (<5 mm in diameter) that have been found in every ocean and remote part of the planet. It’s widely known that microplastics are environmental pollutants that have drastic effects on animal life, but work is still being undertaken to understand its spread through various systems...
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Susanna’s Secret – A 12th Century German Palimpsest?

A 12th century 'Susannah and the Elders' medieval manuscript, the oldest item that Western has in their rare book collection, dating from around 1125 in Germany, may have been a rare case of a "palimpsest". SSW researchers wanted to look at this faint 90-degree text in higher detail.
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See how SSW’s work is being utilized in the identification of microplastics in the environment using FTIR spectroscopy!

Our work with Ariel Smith through Coastal Action has been highlighted in CBC’s As it Happens and CBC News article. Also see our microplastics page on the characterization of microplastics by FTIR spectroscopy: www.surfacesciencewestern.com/industrial-solutions/characterizationmicroplastics/”
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