Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces - Equipment

In addition to standard laboratory equipment as for example pH-meters, balances, spectrophotometers, automatic titration equipment the laboratory has the following less common equipment:
Sample preparation
  • Climate chambers for sampling of chemical emissions 1 m3 - 23 m3
  • Electrochemical surface treatment (anodic oxidation)
  • FLEC - Field and Laboratory Emission Cells for measurements of chemical emissions from surfaces
  • Precision equipment for cutting and polishing
  • Plastic extruder
Press for embedding of samples in epoxy
  • Heat press for plastics 200oC
  • Mill grinders
  • Planar microtome for cutting down to 2 micrometer slices
  • Reaction cell for thermal and photochemical ageing with isotope specific gases e.g. 18O
  • Roll mill for rubbers and plastics
  • Spin-coater for production of thin films from solutions
  • UV and ozon source for oxidative cleaning of surfaces
Durability
  • Accelerated weathering equipment (UV, xenon light/Weather-Ometer)
  • Cell ovens
  • Climate chambers
  • Climate chamber with corrosive gases
  • Cyclic corrosion chambers
  • Cyclic corrosion chamber for ACT testing (ACT = Accelerated Corrosion Test)
  • Equipment for biological degradation
  • Field station for outdoor exposure and measurement of weather data
  • Heat chambers
  • Ozone chambers
  • Physical measurementsRelaxation equipment
  • Salt spray chambers
Physical measurements
  • Cobb (water absorption)
  • Densitometers – reflection
  • Densitometers – transmission
  • Eddy current instrument for film thickness measurement
  • Equipment for colour measurements/spectrophotometers
  • Equipment for gas permeability
  • Equipment for heat deflection temperature measurements
  • Equipment for low temperature brittleness measurements
  • Equipment for measurement of contact angle
  • Equipment for measurement of self ignition temperature
  • Equipment for measurement of steam permeability
  • Equipment for measurement of Vicat
  • Friction tester, flooring and paving
  • Gloss meters
  • Hardness meters
  • Heat resistance tester for hose
  • Holiday detector
  • Instrument for electromagnetic inductive film thickness measurement
  • Melt flow index instrument
  • Micro densitometers
  • Pychnometers
  • Viscosimeters
  • Seal strength and package integrity tester for flexible packages
  • Flashpoint determination instrument
  • UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer with integrating sphere
Chemical analysis
  • Element analysis (CHN)
  • FTIR-spectrophotometer with microscope, micro-ATR, integrating sphere and gas measurement cell
  • Gas analyser with IR detection
  • Gas Chromatographs with mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • Gas Chromatographs with electron capture detector (GC-ECD)
  • Gas Chromatographs with flame ionisation detector (GC-FID)
  • Gas Chromatographs with thermal conductivity detector (GC-TCD)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma – mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma – optical emission (ICP-OES)
  • Infrared spectrometer including ATR and microscope (FTIR)
  • Equipment for measuring ash melting process
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • MALDI with time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF MALDI MS)
  • NOx analyser
  • SO2 analyser
  • Convertor H2S-NH3
  • Ozone analyser
  • Sulphur analysers
  • System for production of standard gas mixtures
  • Time-of-Flight-Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry for mapping of elements and chemical compounds in material, at surfaces and interfaces (TOF-SIMS)
  • Equipment for Thermal desorption ATD measurement
  • Equipment for sample processing with Headspace
  • UV-VIS-NIR with integrating spheres
  • Liquid Chromatograph with mass spectrometers (LC-MS-MS)
  • Liquid Chromatograph with UV detector (LC-UV) and RI detector (LC-RI)
  • Equipment for cathodic reduction
Mechanical testing
  • Abrasion testers (wet-scrub and dry-scrub)
  • Adhesion testers
  • Equipment for stone chip resistance
  • Folding testers
  • Impact testers
  • Scratch testers
  • Tensile testers
Microscopy
  • Optical microscopes with digital camera and software for digital image analysis
  • Optical microscope with micrometer scale
  • Stereo microscope with digital camera
  • Scanning Electron Microscope with X-ray detection unit (SEM-EDX)
  • Time-of-Flight-Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry for mapping of elements and chemical compounds in material, at surfaces and interfaces (TOF-SIMS)
Thermal analysis
  • Automatic DSC
  • Bomb calorimeters
  • Thermal gravimetry analyser (TGA)
  • TGA, automatic for large samples
     

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