German Environmental Agency, Germany

Tentative title: Harmonization of microplastic analysis

Dr. Ulrike Braun recently changed from BAM to UBA as head of section “Waste water analysis and monitoring methods”. She owns experience in polymer analysis and degradation mechanisms since 2001. Whereas in the beginning of her work the decomposition mechanism of polymers during fire events and aging was in focus, currently her work is on plastic in environment, especially microplastics. Since 2014, she is involved in cicroplastic research and coordinates the harmonisation of MP analysis in different projects in Germany, including the actitive participation in numerous standardisation committees on national European and international level. Her specification is the development of a novel and fast method for the analysis of microplastic by use of specific decomposition products in environmental samples (TED-GC/MS).