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D. Kolasa, A. Bajszczak, A. Łukomska, J. Dłubak, Z. Rogulski, S. Kowalska, A. Czerwiński

Analysis of metals content in polyethylene packaging materials in view of the existing legislation

Polimery 2016, No 2, 98


DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.2016.098

Summary
Results of lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium determination in packaging materials made of polyethylene (beverage box elements) with reference to the existing acts on packaging and packaging waste management has been presented. A microwave-assisted sample peparation analytical procedure for the determination of metals in polymers using a modern Milestone UltraWAVE digestion system combined with the FAAS technique and a Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer has been proposed. The method is useful for the quick and efficient determination of hazardous metals in polyethylene. The selection of appropriate conditions for the microwave digestion process has been done on the basis of the results of an elemental composition analysis of polymers using the Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDS) method.
Keywords: packaging, packagingwaste, polyethylene, metals content determination, sample digestion
e-mail: dorota.kolasa@ichp.pl
D. Kolasa, A. Bajszczak, A. Łukomska, J. Dłubak, Z. Rogulski, S. Kowalska, A. Czerwiński (651.3 KB)
Analysis of metals content in polyethylene packaging materials in view of the existing legislation