Optical and electron microscopy and polymer expert analysis helps to determine the structure and properties of materials, composites and products
Microscopy analysis of polymers provides a means to study and characterize the micro and nano-structural features of polymers, composites and products.
The magnification offered by optical or electron microscopy can be used to obtain chemical and physical information about a polymer’s structural features. This is essential as it provides insight which can be related to the performance of the material.
Intertek experts use optical and electron microscopy to support new material research and development, to process and property optimization, to investigate polymer morphology and microstructure, composites structure, failure analysis, degradation and a wide array of problem solving, for example with issues such as microbeads.
We provide comprehensive adhesives analysis, and in-depth thermal analysis, providing valuable insight into ways in which polymer structure changes with temperature, using DSC and TGA instruments
With polymer laboratories equipped with a range of advanced techniques which include optical microscopy, confocal scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and hot-stage microscopy, our experts apply image analysis to extract detailed information about morphological characteristics to bring the insight you need to make decisions concerning product development, to address processing issues or to resolve contamination.
These techniques are particularly powerful during polymer failure investigations where study of surfaces and cross sections of a failed component can assist in determination of the root cause of failure. Through scanning electron microscopy approaches our team generate high-resolution images to explore crystalline or other ordered structures to achieve detailed and precise measurement. Combining SEM with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) we explore the spatial elemental composition.
Our polymer scientists apply microscopy techniques to measure the thickness of polymers layers or coatings in a multilayer sample, or assess the uniformity of material and distribution of filler components or pigments in a sample.
In order to resolve contamination issues our we often apply combinations of microscopy techniques to reveal minute detailed morphological information that can be related to sub-standard performance or unwanted structural or visible properties, helping you to resolve problems rapidly.
Intertek Microscopy Techniques
- Optical Microscopy
- Confocal Scanning Microscopy
- Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
- Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
- Hot-Stage Microscopy
With over 20 years of experience supporting the polymer and related industries, Intertek polymer scientists study polymer composites, fibres, coatings, co-polymers, particulate analysis, gels, moulded or extruded plastic components and thin films.
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