Nanocomposites Processing and Analytical Laboratory


This laboratory contains equipment for producing hybrid blends of polymer melts and liquid suspensions with different functional fillers of nano- to millimeter-scale size and to fabricate samples for material property characterization. Thermal, rheological, static/dynamic-mechanical, and physical properties of polymeric materials can be analyzed in the polymer lab. Surface characterization for wood and polymers can be also performed by measurements of contact angle and surface energy. The degree of cure and adhesive properties of thermosetting-polymers can be analyzed using thermal and mechanical properties.


Asylum Research MFP 3D Classic AFMAtomic Force Microscope

Asylum Research MFP 3D Classic.





Inverse Gas Chromatograph Surface Measurement SystemsInverse Gas Chromatograph (iGC)

Surface Measurement Systems





Electromechanical Actuator Testing Frame Instron 5966 (2 kip)Electromechanical Actuator Testing Frame

Instron 5966 (2 kip)







Photo of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer Q800Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer Q800

This machine utilizes state-of-the-art, non-contact, linear drive technology to provide precise control of stress.





Photo of Differential Scanning Calorimeter Q2000Dynamic Scanning Scanning Calorimeter Q2000

TA Instrument’s top-of-the-line research-grade DSC with unmatched performance in baseline stability, sensitivity, and resolution.





Photo of Intelli-Torque Plasti-CorderIntelli-Torque Plasti-Corder

A torque rheometer that utilizes the latest developments in CAN Field Bus Technology.





Photo of Universal Temperature/Process ControllerUniversal Temperature/Process Controller

1/4 DIN panel mounted, auto-tuning controller that can be used for precise control of single loop with two independent outputs field-configurable as direct acting reverse acting, and 2 alarms.





Photo of Gemini II RheometerGemini II Rheometer

Key technical features include a broad torque range which extends to 200mNm and makes the Gemini suitable for a wide range of applications in research and product development.





Dynisco Melt FlowDynisco Melt Flow Indexer

Delivers a wide range of data that includes not only melt index values, but also shear stress, shear rate, viscosity and apparent melt density, as well as testing conditions.





BUCHI Mini Spray Dryer B-290Athena Mini Spray Dyer B-290

The BUCHI Mini Spray Dryer B-290 is easy to operate and can be used with a small quantity of materials. It is convenient for investigating many operation conditions.







Malvern Mastersizer 2000Malvern Mastersizer 2000

It has a wide range of automated sample dispersion units for the measurement of wet and dry samples. These are controlled through SOPs, providing ease of method development and transfer.




 Melvern Morphologi G3sMelvern Morphologi G3s

Measures the size and shape of particles using the technique of static image analysis. Fully automated and with integrated dry sample preparation makes it the ideal replacement for costly and time-consuming manual microscopy measurements.






Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope TM 3000Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope TM 3000

Provides variable accelerating voltage, higher beam current, large stage and chamber, and smaller footprint.