About our Advanced Materials

Equipped with polymer testing and characterization capabilities, IALR’s high-tech advanced materials labs are ideally suited to support industry needs. Private manufacturers as well as universities have utilized the polymer labs to solve and prevent complex problems across various industries and sectors. Some local industries also utilize the analytical and testing labs for identification of recyclable materials and to prepare new products from the recycled materials.

Meet Our Team

Vice President, Applied Research

Scott Lowman, Ph.D.

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Office: 434.766.6628
Meet The Team

Polymer Testing Capabilities and Equipment

The analytical labs possess the following polymer testing capabilities and equipment. 

Polymer Testing Capabilities
  • Materials Identification
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Physical Analysis
  • Chemical Analysis
Polymer Testing Equipment
  • TA Instruments Discovery DSC
  • TA Instruments Discovery TGA
  • TA Instruments Q800 DMA
  • TA Instruments ARES LS2 Rheometer
  • Instron tensile, compression, and 3-point bend testing frame with 50 kN load cell
  • Tinius Olsen H5KT tensile and 3-point bend testing frame with 5 kN load cell
  • Tinius Olsen impact tester
  • Tinius Olsen specimen notcher
  • MOCON OX-TRAN 2/21 for oxygen transfer rate
  • Oakland Instrument RT-6000 film opacity meter
  • Dynisco LMI D4001 melt flow index
  • Dynisco limiting oxygen index chamber
  • Dynisco hot tack sealer
  • Malvern RH10 advanced capillary rheometer
  • Alfa Mirage EW-300SG densimeter
  • Mettler Toledo HB43-s moisture analyzer
  • Sartorius Mark 3 moisture analyzer
  • Lindberg Blue M box furnace (1100 °C)
  • JASCO 6200 FT-IR with Pike MIRacle ATR attachment
  • Nanosurf atomic force microscope

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