Polymer and Materials Characterization Laboratory

The departmental facility is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for the synthesis and characterization of polymers and related new materials. The Department Chair, Prof. Jäkle (fjaekle@newark.rutgers.edu), has general oversight of the facility; oversight of specific instruments is administered by the faculty members listed below.

Gel Permeation Chromatography System (GPC) - Prof. Jäkle

  • Waters Breeze GPC System w/ Autosampler
  • PS gel columns for MW range 1,000 to 1,000,000
  • Column heater
  • RI & dual-wavelength UV detectors
  • Multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS) detector
Gel Permeation Chromatography System
Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering System (MALLS) - Prof. Jäkle
  • Wyatt Dawn EOS with 18 angles for determination of molecular weights and radii of gyration via static light scattering
Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering System
  • Syringe pump for batch measurements
  • Wyatt QELS for determination of hydrodynamic radii via dynamic light scattering
  • Wyatt Optilab Differential Refractometer for determination of dn/dc
  • All instruments can be operated in batch mode or in-line with the GPC
      Differential Scanning Calorimeter           Thermogravimetric Analyzer
Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) - Prof. Galoppini
  • Perkin Elmer Pyris 1 DSC instrument
  • Low-temperature attachment
Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) - Prof. Jäkle
  • Perkin Elmer Pyris 1 TGA instrument
  • Operation under air, N2, O2, or other gasses
UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer - Prof. Piotrowiak
  • Capability for low-temperature measurments
UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer Prof. Piotrowiak
  • CARY Eclipse system
  • Capability for low-temperature measurments
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
Electrochemical Analyzer - Prof. Galoppini
  • Bioanalytical Systems CV-50W Voltammetric Analyzer
  • Cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and many other techniques are available
Electrochemical Analyzer

The Polymer and Materials Characterization Laboratory was established with support from the National Science Foundation and Rutgers University.