Analysis of Polymers and Plastics

Polymers find wide spread use as raw materials since the material properties can almost freely be chosen through a combination of macromolecular polymers with usually low molecular weight additives. For solving analytical issues in product development, process control and failure analysis different analytical approaches and techniques are available. The following list summarises analytical tasks which are regularly addressed with surface sensitive analytical methods:

  • Characterisation of used additives
  • Characterisation of the monomer unit
  • Characterisation of the end group
  • Determination of average molecular weight
  • Segregation
  • Surface diffusion
  • Adhesive properties
  • Surface topography
  • Control of the extent of surface modifications
  • Blooming 
  • Particles
  • ...

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