Advanced analytics and characterisation

Material development related to plastics at VTT

The design of novel materials needs sophisticated analysing techniques, the skills of chemistry and physical insights. VTT helps customers with complex analysis for materials, such as substitutes for conventional petroleum-based products.

Key facts

We offer a variety of different tools for comprehensive analysis

We do problem solving for e.g. material development, characterisation of biomaterials and polymer analytics   

We have excellent facilities for mechanical testing and physico-chemical characterization

High performance applications set high demands for novel composite materials. In order to reach the required physical and mechanical properties, the design of these materials needs to begin from the molecular level. Sophisticated analysis techniques are required to verify each step of the manufacturing process for such tailor-made molecular arrangements.

We at VTT have state-of-the-art instruments and the competence needed to provide complex structure-property and composition analysis for materials varying from crystalline solids to multicomponent liquids.

We are able to perform several spectroscopic techniques, X-ray diffraction, chromatographic analysis and thermal analysis to create a comprehensive image of the material from nanometer size scale up to micrometer sized structures. Additionally, if there is a need for a literal image of a sample, we are able to produce high quality TEM, SEM and AFM microscopic images.

Advanced analytical methods are essential for successful material development

While it is of vital importance to know the chemical properties of a material in detail, understanding the dynamics and interplay of particles in a multicomponent system is the key for successful design.

The correct analysis methods reveal how the structure of a material defines its properties.

Dynamical processes in polymeric systems play an important role in defining the material’s suitability for demanding applications. We are able to study the dynamical behaviour of polymers in detail using data obtained by spectroscopical methods, rheological experiments and thermal analysis.

With these methods we can not only correlate the impact of a polymer plasticizer to the physical properties of the material, but also define the actual mechanism behind them.
 

Combination of analysis techniques directs towards sustainability

At the moment we are working on finding new substitutes for conventional petroleum-based products. Regardless of the application, the performance of a bio-based solution must be equal or exceed the original solution.

We have excellent facilities for carrying out extensive mechanical testing and physico-chemical characterisation. With them we can guide our customers’ manufacturing processes towards solutions that fulfil the quality requirements.

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