The identification of rubber and plastic materials can be carried out by the Smithers polymer testing labs using several key techniques and expert analysis to provide clients with a clear picture of their material characteristics. Our complete composition analyses of polymers provides clients with:

  • Competitive material benchmarking
  • Performance evaluations to meet specifications
  • Formula reconstructions as part of a material / product auditing process
  • Quality control to evaluate contaminants
  • Contaminant identification

The core techniques that we use to evaluate materials include (but are not limited to):

  • Infrared Microspectroscopy
  • UV/Visible Spectroscopy
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)
  • Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
  • Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC - MS),
  • High-performance liquid chromatography
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
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