Past Events

SECyTA 2022

Frontier Laboratories was Gold Sponsor of SECyTA 2022 which took place in Almería, Spain, October 25th – 27th 2022., including a Table Top Exhibition, a Lunch Seminar and an Oral Scientific Communication. FLAB collaborated with our Agilent partner Grupo Biomaster.

Title of our talk was " Development of mass spectrometry search algorithm for mixed microplastics by Py-GC/MS"

This conference was the XXI Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Society of Chromatography and Related Techniques (SECyTA2022).

Through plenary lectures, oral presentations, poster talks and poster sessions, the ambition of the three-day SECyTA2022 Meeting was to report on the most advanced research progresses in the field of analytical separation techniques. The state of the art in chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and related techniques were discussed to encourage future research and challenges.

The SECyTA 2022 was a great success. Due to various talks and poster presentations it was obvious that Micro Plastic detection is an important topic. We had good discussions at our booth and after our oral contributions and could meet some Py-GC/MS users.

ISC Budapest 2022

The 33rd International Symposium on Chromatography – ISC 2022, was taking place in Budapest, Hungary from 18-22 September 2022.

The major focus of the symposium was on the impact of chromatography and separation science to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, environmental, food and health industry, as well as science and medicine. The symposium programme was reflecting these themes and highlighted new challenges and emerging opportunities for the science and marketing of separation and detection systems and methods.


Frontier Laboratories was presenting 2 scientific posters:

1.Development of mass spectrometry search algorithm for mixed microplastics by Py-GC/MS (Soll, Watanabe A., Matsui, Ishimura, Teramae, Mattonai, Ohtani, Watanabe C.)

 2.De-Formulation of various (Bio)-Plastic Bags using Evolved Gas Analysis and Pyrolysis-GC/MS (Soll, Xiaokaiti, Shiono, Watanabe, Teramae)

We appreciated the fruitful discussion at our posters during the poster sessions !


PYRO 2022 in Gent, Belgium

The PYRO 2022, which was postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, took finally place as hybrid event in Gent, Belgium. Some 240 people attended, only 60 participated online. This means that the majority of people have been on-site which was a very nice feeling !


FLAB was Gold Sponsor and had a couple of activities and contributions:


- A Table Top Exhibition


- 2 Oral scientific contributions : "Development of Mass Spectrometry Search Algorithm for Mixed Microplastics by Py-GC/MS- in the presence of inorganic diluents" and "Trace Sample Analysis by a Splitless Pyrolysis GC/MS System Coupled to a Newly Developed Sampler"


- Sponsorship of the Young Scientist Poster Award, the 4 award winners got 500 Euro per person

AMI International Exhibition for Polymer Testing in combination with Compounding, Plastic Recycling and Plastics Extrusion World Exhibition

AMI International Exhibition for Polymer Testing in combination with Compounding, Plastic Recycling and Plastics Extrusion World Exhibition

 29. – 30. September 2021

Messe Essen, Germany

Over 1500 visitors were looking forward to finally being able to visit a trade exhibition with presentations again after a long second. We could welcome many interested guests at our booth. Our presentation on the detection of RoHS relevant contaminations in recyclates by means of pyrolysis-GC/MS was very popular - about 60 visitors saw it.

SKZ Symposium on analytics in polymer technology

SKZ Symposium Analytics in Polymer Technology

15.09. - 16.09.2021, Würzburg

Lecture: "Cloudiness, yellowing, deterioration, failure - examples from damage analysis with pyrolysis GC/MS".

Symposium virtual only

VII International Seminar Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites

Int. Seminar: Biopolymers and sustainable composites, 4.-5. March 2020, Valencia, Spain
Poster presentation: "Pyrolysis GC/MS and applied method map for deformulation of biodegradable packaging thin foil with unknow composition"
More than 250 people attened. We were pleased to have many good discussions and contacts at our booth

IWAR Seminar "Microplastics - Challenges and perspectives in wastewater and waste treatment"

91st Darmstadt IWAR Seminar, Darmstadt: Microplastics - challenges and perspectives in wastewater and waste treatment,

The topic of microplastics is still enjoying increasing interest. More than 160 participants were proof of this. This event was correspondingly successful for Frontier Lab. Here we were able to show our new software developments for the automatic determination and quantification of microplastics in environmental samples.

AMI Polymers for 3D Printing

AMI Polymers for 3D Printing, Meliá Hotel Düsseldorf,

Düsseldorf, 11. - 12.12.2019

Frontier Lab was pleased to get high interest and many discussions at the exhibition booth. More than 60 participants saw interesting speakers and presentations !


Polymer Analysis Seminar at Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

Symposium on plastics analysis at the Plastics Institute Lüdenscheid

Lüdenscheid, 04.-05.12.2019

Frontier Lab had an exhibition stand in the laboratories of the institute. We also contributed to the conference program with a presentation entitled: "Detection of RoHS regulated flame retardants in toys". Speaker: Michael Soll

A nice conference around the topic polymer analysis

AMI Polymer Testing and Analysis 2019

18.-19.09.2019 - AMI Polymer Testing and Analysis 2019, Nikko Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany

Presentation: "Detection of relevant RoHS regulated contaminations in various products made from recycled materials by Pyrolysis GC/MS"

In addition to the above presentation by Ichi Watanabe and an exhibition stand, FLAB and Pyrolyse-GC/MS were also represented by two other presentations by Franky Puype (ITC Zlin) and Ute Potyka (Shimadzu Europe). We were very pleased to meet our customers in Düsseldorf.


SKZ Analytik in der Polymertechnik

18.-19.09.2019, SKZ Analytik in der Polymertechnik, Veitshöchheim, Germany

Lecture: Characterization of recyclates (end products or raw materials) by Pyrolysis GC/MS. Quantification of RoHS regulated brominated flame retardants. Frontier Lab was represented with an exhibition stand. In addition to the above mentioned presentation there were further presentations by Py-GC/MS experts: BKA Wiesbaden, Dr. Simross and Prof. Eibl from the Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Werk- und Betriebsstoffe, Erding gave presentations on forensic applications and damage analysis, respectively.

The event was a complete success ! We are looking forward to the next SKZ Analytics Conference


ISFR 2019, Budapest, Hungary

26.5. - 29.5.2019- 10th International Symposium on Feedstock Recycling of Polymeric Materials (ISFR),  Budapest, Hungary
Oral presentation:   Detection of relevant RoHS regulated contaminations in various products made from recycled materials by Pyrolysis GC/MS,

About 80 participants experienced an interesting scientific program with excellent talks and good networking.

The MTA TTK has been a great host and organized this event very well.

SKZ Compounding Days 2019

22.-23.05.2019 - 13. Würzburger Compoundiertage, Veitshöchheim

Exhibition and Talk: "Additives or RoHS regulated Contaminations ? Trace Analysis in Toys and Commodity made from recycled
materials by Pyrolysis-GC/MS"

Approx. 70 participants experienced an interesting program, which had the main topic "Recycling" especially on the second day. The topic "Microplastics", presented by Prof. Laforsch from the University of Bayreuth, was a nice prelude to the current discussion about the benefits and risks of plastics and their fate in the environment.


SKZ Network Day 2019

08.05.2019 - SKZ Netzwerktag 2019 , Würzburg

Exhibition and talk: "On forensic trace search: Micro-plastics in our environment and contaminations in recycled materials"

The SKZ could welcome about 300 participants. Some 120 guests listened the above mentioned talk.

2. European Py-GC/MS User Meeting at Shimadzu Europe in Duisburg, Germany

We could welcome over 30 guests in Duisburg from many European countries. Our thanks go to the external speakers who made this very successful event possible!

14. Meeting of the Work Group Polymer Analytics, Fraunhofer LBF, Darmstadt

Oral Presentation: Pyrolyse GC/MS in Reversed Engineering and Failure Analysis: 2 Case Studies for the Analysis of complex materials,  22.03.2019. More than 100 participants were registered. A very nice and successful event. We are looking forward to the 15th Meeting !

SCM-9 Conference 30.01.2019 - 01.02.2019

Ninth International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Frontier Lab with table top exhibition and poster presentation:

"De-Formulation and applied method map for deformulation of a biodegradable thin foil with unkown composition".

November 2018

08.11.2018 - Pyrolyse User Meeting / SIM GmbH, Essen

16.-20.09.2018 - XXVII Congresso Division di Chimica Analitica, Bologna, Italy
Oral Presentation: “Pyrolysis GC-MS for identification and characterization of unknown polymeric material used for biodegradable packaging and membrane (diaphragm) pumps”



11.-12.09.2018, AMI Polymer Testing and Analysis 2018, Berlin
Oral Presentation: “Pyrolysis GC-MS for identification and damage analysis of rubber samples”


27.-28.06.2018, World Compounding Expo 2018, Messe Essen


21.06.2018 - SKZ Netzwerktag, Würzburg


03.-08.06.2018 - 22nd International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Kyoto, Japan
Frontier Lab presented 10 scientific contributions (oral and poster).


14-18.05. 2018 - 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018, Copenhagen
Oral and Poster presentation: “Innovative tandem µReactor technology coupled to GC/MS to evaluate catalytic co-pyrolysis of biomass and plastics over microporous and mesoporous catalysts”

Our poster won the poster award!