Applications

General Applications

  • Identifying unknown chemicals or materials
  • Analyzing competitor’s products
  • Providing analytical data to support chemical synthesis, product development, alternate sourcing, product comparisons, or process troubleshooting

Organic Chemistry Applications

  • Determining detailed chemical structures of organic molecules or polymers
  • Testing chemical components or formulations for impurities or contaminants
  • Quantifying the components of a known mixture or formulation
  • Determining the composition of an unknown mixture
  • Fire damage analysis
  • Analysis and reformulation of racing fuels, coolants and additives

Applications in the Fiber & Textile Finish Industries

  • Identifying lubricants, surfactants, and antistats used in finish formulations
  • Deformulating fiber and textile finishes to determine their chemical makeup
  • Determining the composition of finishes extracted from fibers or fabrics
  • Measuring the EO content of ethoxylated surfactants
  • Measuring the components of phosphate ester surfactants (monoester, diester, triester, pyrophosphates, and inorganic acid) by phosphorus-31 NMR
  • Characterizing EO/PO copolymers for EO/PO ratio, block vs. random structure, initiator type, and approximate molecular weight by proton and carbon-13 NMR
  • Identifying the functional side chains in modified (e.g., aminofunctional) silicones
  • Identifying cationic (quaternary ammonium) compounds by ESI-MS

Other Applications in the Fiber and Textile Industries

  • Identifying polymers used for synthetic fibers and the additives and/or comonomers present in those polymers
  • Determining the chemical structures of soluble dyes, fluorescent whiteners, flame retardants, light stabilizers, and other additives
  • Identifying deposits/buildup/residues from fiber and textile processing machinery
  • Determining fiber blend ratios
  • Measuring the poly(ethylene glycol) content of PEG-modified polyester fibers

Applications in Polymer Industries

  • Identifying the polymer(s) used in manufactured articles
  • Measuring the vinyl acetate content of EVA copolymers
  • Distinguishing nylon 6 from nylon 66
  • Identifying and measuring comonomers in polyester bottle resins
  • Determining the degree of substitution of modified cellulose and starch
  • Identifying extractable additives in polyolefin resins
  • Determining the composition of pigmented masterbatch resins
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