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Hyphenation of Thermogravimetric Analyzers with FTIR, MS, and GC-MS Instruments

  Overview Thermogravimetric Analysis, or TGA, is a powerful analytical tool for measuring changes in a sample’s mass as its environmental temperature shifts. When coupled with other instrumental techniques such as mass spectrometers and infrared spectrometers, chemical analysis of the evolved gases is achieved. These hyphenated techniques have a long history in thermal analysis.…

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Fingerprinting recycled thermoplastic resins for process optimisation

  Overview The ability of a material to store and transfer heat is characterized with the material properties of thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity, and specific heat capacity. Understanding these properties is critical when exposing a material to a wide array of temperature environments: large gradients, rapid changes, and maintaining stability, to name a few. Accurate…

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DSC Characterization of Crystalline Structure in Foods and Pharmaceuticals

DSC Characterization of Crystalline Structure in Foods and Pharmaceuticals Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is an analytical technique frequently used to detect and quantify crystalline content of pharmaceuticals, foods, polymers, and many other materials. Appearing as an endothermic peak during heating in a DSC experiment, the temperature and area of the peak can be used to…

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Discover the Possibilities with the New Multi-Sample Discovery X3 Differential Scanning Calorimeter

  Overview Differential scanning calorimeters (DSCs) are standard instruments used in both materials research and development and quality control laboratories. Demand for high-quality DSC data continues to increase rapidly throughout many industries. The development of new materials typically requires extensive testing with the objective of understanding the material structure-property relationship and its dependence on material…

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Developments in Advanced Recycling

Summary Although mechanical recycling is the dominant technology today, it is not enough to meet the plastic industry’s growing sustainability needs. Mechanical recycling requires high-quality, clean, and sorted recycled waste, which is only a small fraction of all recycled plastic. The products of mechanical recycling often have degraded properties compared to virgin polymers. In contrast,…

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Designing New Materials for Additive Manufacturing: Vat Photopolymerization

Designing New Materials for Additive Manufacturing: Vat Photopolymerization Overview 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), provides opportunities to create previously unattainable geometric objects through layer-by-layer fabrication. Novel macromolecular structures and synthetic methods coupled with unique printing methods lead to 3D part generation with micron-scale resolution and tunable to emerging technologies. By tuning polymer structure, printing…

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Compatibilizers for Mechanical Recycling

Plastics are versatile, lightweight, and fundamental to countless products, but plastic waste poses a growing environmental threat. The plastics industry are confronting sustainability demands from consumers, brand owners, and regulations with bold innovation in material design and recycling. The leading technologies and areas of exploration in polymer sustainability are mechanical recycling, advanced recycling, biobased polymers,…

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Chemical Characterization of Medical Devices

Overview During the formulation and manufacturing of polymeric materials for medical devices, the materials go through multiple stages and undergo many transformations. At each of these stages new additives might be added or the material is exposed to physical factors like heat which impacts the chemical nature of the ingredients. Subsequently, during the final product…

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Breaking Down Thermosets

Summary Sustainable plastic production offers numerous benefits – environmental harm reduction, consumer satisfaction, demonstrating brand values, and staying ahead of government regulations. The plastics industry is embracing sustainability in every step of plastic design, production, use, and recycling. As these eco-friendly methods become more sophisticated, they will become cheaper and more efficient, thus further enhancing…

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Benefits of Microscopy for Interpretation of DSC Thermograms

Benefits of Microscopy for Interpretation of DSC Thermograms DSC thermograms can be complicated and difficult to interpret, sometimes requiring multiple experiments in order to better understand a thermal event. The NEW Microscope Accessory for the Discovery DSC helps to eliminate these issues by allowing the user to easily view the sample while the DSC experiment…

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