Polymer Matrices: Pre-analytical Workflow Optimization



Webinar Date/Time: Thu, Aug 15, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

In the world of polymer materials, elemental analysis plays a critical role in ensuring the desired quality and performance of the final product. This webinar provides practical guidance, including end user perspectives, regarding the “total workflow” for sample preparation for ICP-OES and ICP-MS analyses and overcoming the challenges presented by polymer materials.

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Event Overview:

In this webinar, methods for optimizing the pre-analytical steps prior to elemental analysis of polymer materials are presented, including the first-hand experiences of an end user demonstrating how the selection of the optimal microwave digestion technology for their lab is critical to allowing them to overcome sample prep challenges for their analyses.

The quality and performance of polymer materials requires elemental analysis in various steps of the polymer production process, from initial monomers to final products. Sample preparation is the first fundamental step in providing appropriate solutions for elemental analyses by ICP-OES and ICP-MS. Due to the variety of samples and their respective reactivities encountered by polymer labs, microwave digestion systems and protocols must not only ensure safe and complete digestion but must also be highly flexible to achieve the high-quality analyses required in the polymer industry.

In addition to the microwave digestion step, other steps of the pre-analytical workflow are discussed, along with solutions that lead to substantial improvements in laboratory operations.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the critical role of sample preparation in elemental analysis of polymer materials
  • Learn how to address the challenges in sample prep for various polymer matrices
  • Discover practical approaches to method development
  • See how key sample prep workflow technologies impact ICP-OES and ICP-MS analysis and overall lab quality, productivity, and safety

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone performing or overseeing elemental analysis in the polymer industry
    • Lab directors
    • Lab managers/supervisors
    • Researchers
    • Chemists/analysts
    • Technicians/research assistants
    • QA/QC managers


Elise Matolyak
Team Lead of Compositional Analysis, NPD
PPG Industries, Inc.

Elise Matolyak started with her Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Virginia Tech and went on to receive her Graduate Research Degree from Case Western Reserve University. Elise has been working for PPG Industries, Inc. for nearly seven years and is the Team Lead of Compositional Analysis, NPD.

Mirco Rossetti
Product Specialist
Milestone Srl

Mirco Rossetti obtained a high school diploma in chemistry at the Technical Institute. His passion for this subject then convinced him to enroll in Milan University and graduate with a degree in chemistry. After a year’s project in collaboration with a foreign university, he also earned a degree in chemical sciences. His work experience began in a contract testing lab and as a chemical analyst in a pharmaceutical packaging quality control lab. He then joined Milestone as an application specialist, mainly focused on the digestion, clean chemistry, and ashing lines. Over the past 5 years, Mirco has obtained deep experience on applications through travelling for seminars, trainings, and performing demonstrations.

Register Free: https://www.spectroscopyonline.com/spec_w/polymer-matrices

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