Polymer Processing

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.


General Contact


Faculty Scientific Advisers

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Steven Suib, Ph.D.

Chemistry A-313


Campus Address

Institute of Materials Science
Storrs Campus

Mailing Address

25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136



Thermo Scientific HAAKE MiniLab II and MiniJet

The Thermo Scientific HAAKE MiniLab compounds small sample amounts of 7 cm3. This miniaturized, high-tech tool is perfect for research in material science, such as testing of new additives and the development of new formulations.


Thermo Scientific Prism TSE 16 TC Twin-Screw Extruder

This small twin-screw extruder is designed for bench-top operation. It includes pre-mixers, chill rolls, strand pelletizing lines, and an air-cooled face-cut system. The horizontally split barrels are quick to open, giving easy access to screws and process contact surfaces for configuration changes or cleaning. The barrel has additional ports for feeding solids and/or liquids, or for venting. A simple manual control panel houses controls and instruments to operate the extruder and feeders.


Carver Lab Press

This hydraulic heat press is available for compression molding resins into sheets at temperatures of up to 300 °C (570 °F) at a maximum force of 30 tons. Two chambers (four platens) are available to accommodate molds as large as 30 × 30 cm2 (12 × 12 in.).


C. W. Brabender

This apparatus is available for processing and mixing small batches of polymers, from dry powders to highly viscous melts, under electrically controlled temperatures of up to 400 °C at various operating speeds (up to 100 rpm, 7.5 hp).