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Research Facilites

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) is a technique for the analysis and quantitation of organic volatile and semi-volatile compounds. GC is used to separates mixtures into individual components and the MS then detects what each of the components in the sample.

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) separates a sample based on size. This technique is often used to analyze polymers to understand and predict polymer performance.

High Field Characterization of the electrical properties for insulating materials used in electrical apparatus including distribution and transmission networks, rotating machinery component, electrostatic/electro-responsive devices, capacitive energy storages, etc.

Mechanical Testing shows whether a material or part is suitable for its intended application by measuring properties such as elasticity, tensile strength, elongation, hardness, fracture toughness, impact resistance, stress rupture and the fatigue limit.

Microscopy is broken into distinct areas based on the illumination source: optical, electron, ions, x-rays, and scanning probe.  The shorter the wave-length of the light source the greater the resolution or the ability to “see” smaller features.

Nano-Measurements refer to use of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and related techniques to look at surfaces of materials. High speed experiments are a unique features of these studies.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) determines the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained and can provide detailed information about the structure, dynamics, reaction state, and chemical environment of molecules.

Polymer Processing capability ideal for research such as testing of new additives and the development of new formulations and development of small scale production.

Surface Analysis provides chemical element and bonding information of substance from nanometer scale of surface and near surface for various materials. In addition, depth profiling, elemental image mapping, and micro-area analysis extend the capabilities of many of these techniques.

Thermal Analysis covers a range of techniques used to determine the physical or chemical properties of a substance as it is heated, cooled or held at constant temperature.  Thermal analysis helps determine properties like; enthalpy, thermal capacity, mass changes and the coefficient of heat expansion. Solid state chemistry uses thermal analysis for studying reactions in the solid state, thermal degradation reactions, phase transitions and phase diagrams.  Potential applications span a wide range of fields including oxidation stability, safety, drug analysis, sample purity, food science, polymers, and metals.