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Application notes on thermal & polymer characterisation

Learn the methods used to characterise polymers and in thermal analysis in general.

  • Measuring the molecular mass distribution of polymers using Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
  • Detecting glass transitions in polymers using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), on a powder or on a film.
  • Calculating the kinetics of a thermal decomposition using thermogravimetric analysis.
  • Measuring the enthalpy of fusion and melting point temperature using calorimetry.
  • Measuring the amount of volatile matter (e.g. water) in a sample using thermogravimetric analysis.