Our laboratory provides a range of polymer techniques for the investigation of the chemical composition of your materials allowing you to have quality control over your feedstock, mitigate the impact of any contaminants and better understand you’re their behaviours. From molecular weight analysis, pyrolysis and GC-MS composition testing to material deformulation, our scientists will help you to understand the composition and chemical properties.
Surface characterization provides a comprehensive approach through several techniques such as SEM and AFM.
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry provides a quantitative analysis of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds found in a variety of matrices (gases, liquids and solids) in foods, medical materials, plastics, environmental samples and occupational monitoring samples.
Mass spectrometers are useful for determining the concentration of known compounds and providing identifications of unknown compounds.
SEM provides detailed high resolution images of the sample by rastering a focussed electron beam across the surface and detecting secondary or backscattered electron signal. An Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analyzer (EDX or EDA) is also used to provide elemental identification and quantitative compositional information.
SEM provides images with magnifications up to ~X50,000 allowing sub micron-scale features to be seen i.e. well beyond the range of optical microscopes.
Jupiter XR Atomic Force Microscope is the first and only large-sample AFM to offer both high-speed imaging and extended range in a single scanner. Jupiter provides complete 200 mm sample access and delivers higher resolution, faster results, a simpler user experience, and the versatility to excel in both academic research and industrial R&D laboratories.
Coupled with Scanning Thermal Microscopy (SThM) this is a versatile and powerful tool for the characterisation of complex multiphase materials and generates nanoscale thermal images while simultaneously obtaining contact mode images of the topography.
Oxygen and water permeability testing.
Respirometer to measure breakdown of polymers in a mimicked environment.
Non-destructive technique that reveals detailed information about the chemical composition and crystallographic structure of natural and manufactured mater
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