Determining microplastics in environmental samples quickly and reliably is a challenging task. With a largely automated combination of optical particle analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and Raman microscopy along with spectral database search, particle sizes, particle size distributions, and the type of polymer including particle color can be determined. We present a self-developed, open-source software package for realizing a particle analysis approach with both Raman and FT-IR microspectroscopy. Our software GEPARD (Gepard Enabled PARticle Detection) allows for acquiring an optical image, then detects particles and uses this information to steer the spectroscopic measurement. This ultimately results in a multitude of possibilities for efficiently reviewing, correcting, and reporting all obtained results.
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