Contact Information

Mark Gignac

434.766.6685

Mark.Gignac@ialr.org

Director of Research

 

Our polymer research is committed to the development and application of cutting-edge materials and assisting the region’s organizations in re-energizing the economy. IALR has invested in two distinct laboratories focused on the characterization and the processing of polymer materials. These laboratories are the basis for our collaboration with private manufacturers as well as universities engaged in research.

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The analytical labs can be used for the following:

 

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Thermal Capabilities

Analytical Capabilities  
Thermal  
TA Instruments Discovery Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
TA Instruments Discovery Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
TA Instruments Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA)
TA Instruments ARES Rheometer

 

Physical Capabilities

Analytical Capabilities  
Physical  
Instron 5969 Frame with 50 kN Load Cell for Tensile, Compression, and 3 Point Bend Testing
Tinius Olsen H5KT with 5kN Load Cell for Tensile Testing
Tinius Olsen IT 504 Plastic Impact Tester
Tinius Olsen Model 899 Impact Specimen Notcher for Impact Testing Sample Preparation
MOCON OX-TRAN Model 2/21 for Oxygen Transfer Rate
Oakland Instrument Corp. RT-6000 Film Opacity Meter
Dynisco Hot Tack Heat Sealer
Dynisco Limiting Oxygen Index Chamber for Flammability
Alfa Mirage EW-300SG Electronic Densimeter
Mettler Toledo HB43-S Moisture Analyzer

 

Chemical Capabilities

Analytical Capabilities  
Chemical  
Jasco 6200 Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectrometer
Agilent 5975C Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometery (GC-MS) with Auto-Sampler
Waters ACQUITY Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC)
Waters Alliance GPC/V 2000 Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
Waters Xevo Qtof Mass Spectrometry (MS) and associated APGC and Flame Ionization Detector

 

Extrusion

Processing Capabilities  
Extrusion  
DSM Xplore MC 15 Micro Compounder
Leistritz Micro 27 Twin Screw Extruder for lab research or masterbatch
Leistritz ZSE 18 Twin Screw Extruder for lab research or masterbatch
Wayne 1.25” Single Screw Extruder with tube and rod die
Wayne 1" Single Screw Extruder with cast film die

 

Injection Molding

Processing Capabilities  
Injection Molding  
DSM Xplore IM 12 Micro Molder
BOY 22E Injection Molder
Krauss-Maffei CX Series Injection Molder

 

Compression Molding

Processing Capabilities  
Compression Molding  
Wabash G100H-18CX 100 Ton Compression Molder

 

Support Equipment

Processing Capabilities  
Support Equipment  
Formech Compac Mini vacuum former
Olsa Minilab 2.7 liter lab mixer
Sartorius Mark 3 Moisture Analyzer
IMS 8-Tray bench oven for resin drying
Novatec N-50R Resin Dryer
Thermo Scientific 65.1L 1600w vacuum ovens