You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure: Solutions to the Global Plastic Waste Crisis

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 9 am EST & 2 pm EST This webcast demonstrates how micro-furnace pyrolysis-GC/MS technology can accurately and rapidly identify and quantify microplastic polymers without extensive sample preparation. Such analysis can be an integral part of a cradle-to-grave corporate plastics environmental stewardship initiative.

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Event Overview:

This webinar discusses the magnitude of the microplastic problems and where this pollution has taken us. Solutions to this problem require analytical tools to measure microplastic pollution in environmental matrices. Techniques for microplastics analyses of air, water, and soil samples will be discussed. In particular, we will demonstrate how micro-furnace pyrolysis-gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (pyrolysis GC–MS) can accurately and rapidly identify and quantify microplastic polymers without extensive sample preparation. Such analysis can be an integral part of a cradle-to-grave corporate plastics environmental stewardship initiative. There will also be an overview of current and ongoing ASTM standards development for collecting, sampling, and analyzing microplastics.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of problems and solutions associated with the global microplastic pandemic.
  2. Discover why micro-furnace pyrolysis-GC/MS is used in conjugation with other analytical techniques to accurately identify and quantify microplastics in environmental samples.
  3. Learn about developments in stewardship and accountability in the plastics recycling industry.

Who Should Attend:

Academics, analytical chemists, analytical managers, R&D scientists, Quality Control personnel, laboratory technicians, manufacturers, Individuals who work or oversee instrumentation/laboratory testing, environmental laboratories, instrumentation chemist and technicians, corporate environmental stewards.


Rojin Belganeh
Technical Director at Frontier Lab Americas
Frontier Laboratories Ltd.

Rojin Belganeh is the Technical Director at Frontier Laboratories Americas. Rojin graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She started her profession as an analytical chemist working with various analytical instruments, such as Pyrolysis GCMS, TGA, FTIR, and X-Rays for material characterization, polymer identification, and contamination analysis. She also holds an MBA degree concentrating in strategic marketing from the University of Houston-Victoria. As a former user of Frontier products, Rojin is very passionate about providing technical support to other users.

William Pipkin

William Pipkin has over 40 years’ experience in commercializing technology. This includes all aspects: sales, support, marketing, R&D, and management. He has directed inception and development through sales, support, and obsolescence. Mr. Pipkin has expertise in strategy, market research, market segmentation, advertising, sales promotion, pricing, and customer service. His experience is international including Europe, Japan, and China. His teams and collaborations have been cross-functional, cross-entity, and cross-cultural.

Mr. Pipkin has participated in numerous start-ups and worked for large corporations. He has been a Consultant, Company Founder, Corporate Secretary, Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer, VP R&D and Manufacturing, Business Development Manager Asia & Americas, Sales Partner Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager & Product Marketing Manager, Strategic Salesman, and Service Engineer.

He has taught sales and marketing for the United Nations Development Programme and has consulted for a number of firms including helping a Japanese company introduce their products to North America, a German company establish a subsidiary in China, and a large multinational natural products company improve their analytical capability.

Mr. Pipkin received a Bachelor of Science in analytical chemistry (American Chemical Society certified) from Brigham Young University and an MBA in entrepreneurship and finance (Dean’s List) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a Senior Fellow in Wharton's Emerging Technology Management Research Program.

Harry Allen
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 9

Harry has over 20 years of experience in large-scale, multi-agency, responses to natural disasters, hazardous waste sites, oil spills, and other pollution incidents. Areas of expertise include environmental study design, contamination estimation, and application of technology solutions to pollution monitoring and remediation.

Harry’s primary research interest is in studying the microplastics in the environment. He oversaw the development of methods and practices for microplastic sample collection and analysis with the ASTM D19-06 subcommittee. He designed and implemented several field studies collecting microplastic particles in marine & estuarine environments including at Tern Island, within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Harry has a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco where he served as part-time faculty.

William Robberson, P.E.
Ocean P3 Systems and Kamilo, Inc.

Bill Robberson is the co-founder, President and CTO of Kamilo, Inc, providing market-driven solutions to the global plastic waste crisis. Bill’s accomplished record of public service includes three decades with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Licensed Professional Engineer and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officer. While at EPA, Bill served as a USPHS Rapid Deployment Force Commander and nationally recognized expert in drinking water and wastewater systems, environmental emergency response incident management and the study, sampling, detection and measurement of microplastic particles. An early initiator of GIS for environmental emergency response operations and an innovator in the field of remote and in-situ plastic sensing, in 2018 he founded Kamilo’s precursor, Ocean P3 Systems, an engineering firm specializing in plastics pollution prevention and measurement and ASTM microplastics standards development. Bill invented the first devices for efficacious water-column microplastics sampling. His concern for the growing global plastic pollution crisis motivated him to co-found Kamilo in 2019. Bill holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado/Boulder. He is also a decorated U.S. Naval Aviator/Flight Test Pilot and a licensed Airline Pilot (ATP).

Anna-Marie Cook
Kamilo, Inc.

Anna-Marie Cook is the co-founder and CEO of Kamilo, Inc. providing market-driven solutions to the global plastics waste crisis. She began her career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the 1990s and served as a senior engineer and microplastics expert for EPA’s regional office in San Francisco as well as EPA’s Office of Research and Development. During her tenure at EPA, she was responsible for facility environmental compliance and cleanup work in Western states, Tribal lands, Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Territories. In 2010, Anna-Marie created and launched what became EPA’s national Trash Free Waters Program. She recently led development of the first international ASTM standards for collection/preparation of microplastic samples, an essential step to ensure data uniformity and quality in microplastic studies around the world. Anna-Marie has written and presented extensively on the environmental impacts of microplastics and plastic waste management. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, both from the University of California/Berkeley.

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