Excellent experimental facilities exist for the synthesis, molecular, morphological characterization and the testing of polymers. The following equipment is available in the LPRE:

  • Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR, Perkin Elmer 2000)
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer (UV-Vis, Shimadzu UV-2100)
  • GC-head space chromatograph (Hewlett Packard 6890- Hewlett Packard 7694)
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC, Perkin Elmer DSC-7)
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA, Perkin Elmer TGA-7)
  • Dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA, Perkin Elmer TAC 7/DX)
  • Dynamic light scattering (Malvern, Autosizer Lo-C)
  • Laser diffraction particle size analyzer (Malvern, Model 2605c)
  • High temperature gel permeation chromatograph with multiple detectors (PL-GPC210, PolymerLabs)
  • Gel permeation chromatograph (Varian Series)
  • Apparatus for measurement of polymer rheological properties
  • High-precision sorption microbalance
  • Scanning Probe Microscope (Digital Instruments, Nanoscope IIIa)
  • Optical microscope – Image analysis system (Leitz Mettalux, Image ProPlus)
  • Stereomicroscope (NIKON, Model SMZ-2T)
  • Apparatus for intrinsic viscosity measurememts
  • Apparatus for interfacial tension measurements (Kruss, Typ K10T)
  • High-precision apparatus for density measurements
  • Four fully automated, high-pressure stirred autoclaves for polymer production
  • Several mechanical dispersion units (Homogenizers/KINEMATICA AG, Sonicator/Sonics & Materials)
  • Twin-screw BRABENDER extruder (DSE φ25) and mixer (PL 2100-6)
  • Fluidized bed particle coating device (UniGlatt)
  • Extrusion device for the synthesis of liposomes (LiposoFast-Pneumatic, Avestin Inc.)
  • Tangential flow filtration device (Milsch)
  • Spray dryer (Mini Spray Dryer, Buchi B-191)