Biobased carbon content

Determination of biobased carbon content is an important tool for determining the characteristics of organic materials and chemicals.

This method uses accelerated mass spectrometry (AMS) to determine the C-14 concentration in the sample, which is then used to determine biobased carbon content.

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Determination of biobased carbon content is a useful method for material characterization in terms of how much of the carbon within a product is derived from renewable resources such as biomass and how much originates from petroleum-based sources. The value represents a measure of how much biobased carbon is found in a product or material relative to the more readily available and less expensive petroleum-based carbon.

Biobased carbon content can be determined as a fraction of the materials total organic carbon or total carbon, depending on the requirements. When the biobased carbon content is determined based on the total carbon of the product, it is called biogenic carbon. Different standards are available for the determinations, mostly used are ASTM D6866,  ISO 16620-2 and CEN 16640. It is important to notice that biobased (or biogenic) carbon content is a fraction of the chosen carbon content of the material, not a fraction of the material itself.

Suitable sample matrices

  • Carbon containing materials, such as
  • Paints
  • Fuels
  • Sediment samples
  • Plastics

Ideal uses of biobased carbon content determination

  • Determination of biobased carbon content of organic materials containing raw materials from biobased and fossil sources

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Frequently asked questions

What is determination of biobased carbon content commonly used for?

Determination of biobased carbon content is used for examining organic materials containing renewable raw materials. I.e. biobased fuel quality control.

What are the limitations of biobased carbon content determination?

The biobased carbon content determines how much of the materials carbon content is from renewable resources and thus does not take into consideration the whole material.  The biobased carbon content cannot be used to evaluate the level of biodegradability.

What kind of samples can be analyzed with biobased carbon content determination?

This method is suitable for solids, liquids and gases with organic components. The absence of biobased carbon content can also be detected. 

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Measurlabs offers a variety of laboratory analyses for product developers and quality managers. We perform some of the analyses in our own lab, but mostly we outsource them to carefully selected partner laboratories. This way we can send each sample to the lab that is best suited for the purpose, and offer high-quality analyses with more than a thousand different methods to our clients.

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When you contact us through our contact form or by email, one of our specialists will take ownership of your case and answer your query. You get an offer with all the necessary details about the analysis, and can send your samples to the indicated address. We will then take care of sending your samples to the correct laboratories and write a clear report on the results for you.

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Determination of biobased carbon content can be used to evaluate if the material is made from renewable resources and how much of its carbon content orginates from those instead of petroleum-based alternatives. Measur offers high quality biobased carbon content testing with fast turnaround times.