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Institute of Materials Science (IMS)

There are 11 resources offered by this Center.

The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) offers extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation and a wide range of laboratories. Research is supported among a variety of disciplines, including chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, polymer science, pharmacy, molecular and cell biology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomaterials, and biosciences.

X-ray Techniques

The X-Ray Diffraction and Scattering facility includes high speed powder diffractometers, a small angle x-ray scattering system, and area detector systems for 2-dimensional diffraction measurements.

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Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis determines the physical or chemical properties of a substance as it is heated, cooled, or held at a constant temperature. Solid state chemistry uses thermal analysis for studying reactions in the solid state, thermal degradation reactions, phase transitions and phase diagrams. Potential applications span a wide range of fields including oxidation stability, safety, drug analysis, sample purity, food science, polymers, and metals.

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Surface Analysis

Surface Analysis provides chemical element and bonding information of substance from nanometer scale of surface and near surface for various materials. In addition, depth profiling, elemental image mapping, and micro-area analysis extend the capabilities of many of these techniques.

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Polymer Processing

Polymer Processing capabilities are ideal for research such as testing of new additives and the development of new formulations and development of small scale production.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) determines the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained and can provide detailed information about the structure, dynamics, reaction state, and chemical environment of molecules.

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Atomic Force Microscopy

The Nano-Measurements facility uses atomic force microscopy (AFM) and related techniques to look at surfaces of materials. High speed experiments are a unique features of these studies.

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Mechanical Testing

Mechanical Testing determines whether a material or part is suitable for its intended application by measuring properties such as elasticity, tensile strength, elongation, hardness, fracture toughness, impact resistance, stress rupture and the fatigue limit.

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High Field Characterization

High Field Characterization of the electrical properties for insulating materials used in electrical apparatus includes distribution and transmission networks, rotating machinery component, electrostatic/electro-responsive devices, and capacitive energy storages.

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Molecular Weight

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) separates a sample based on size. This technique is often used to analyze polymers to understand and predict polymer performance.

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Electrical Insulation Research Center

The Electrical Insulation Research Center has extensive facilities for characterizing the electrical properties of insulating materials used in electrical apparatus including distribution and transmission networks, rotating machinery component, electrostatic/electro-responsive devices, and capacitive energy storages.

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