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. Sheridan (jsheridn@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
GPC photo
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
MALLS photo
  • 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
      DSC photo           TGA photo
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
  • CARY 500 UV-VIS-NIR
  • Capability for low-temperature measurments
UV-VIS photo
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer - Prof. Piotrowiak
  • CARY Eclipse system
  • Capability for low-temperature measurments
UV-VIS photo
Electrochemical Analyzer - Prof. Galoppini
  • Bioanalytical Systems CV-50W Voltammetric Analyzer
  • Cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and many other techniques are available
CV photo

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