Polymer characterization is an important branch of polymer science typically used to understand or predict the properties of the material from the cradle to the grave, that is, from the time it is initially polymerized, to the analytical laboratory, to predicting how it will process, to predicting its end use properties, and then to determine its lifetime characteristics and how it will degrade and affect the environment.

Malvern’s instrumentation enables you to rapidly generate information on molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, branching, conformation, rheological properties, morphology and particle size (where applicable).

These measurement techniques can be used to:

  • Use an advanced, multidetector GPC/SEC system to determine absolute molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, branching and structure, and copolymer composition
  • Determine the molecular architecture by using a rotational rheometer and predict processing properties by using an advanced capillary rheometer
  • Simulate the shear, pressure and temperature conditions a polymer is subjected to during processing
  • Measure molecular weight, molecular size, and intrinsic viscosity of aqueous or organic applications such as polyesters, polyamides, polycarbonates, proteins, polysaccharides etc. for automated, routing quality control or process development.

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