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SML has capabilities for analysis and characterization of polymers and soft materials, including polymer devices. The equipment is listed below. Experienced staff provide process development advice and training for users to operate each tool.

Thermal Analysis

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) PerkinElmer DSC 8000

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) TA Instruments Q100

Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) Q500

Advanced Rheometric Expansion System (Rheometer) ARES

Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) RSA III

Analysis based on Separation

Gel Permeation Chromatograph (GPC) Viscotek GPCmax

Gel Permeation Chromatograph (GPC) Waters


Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) LEO 1550VP

Raman Microscope Thermo Scientific DXRxi

Optical Methods

Rudolph Auto EIII Ellipsometer

Woollam V-VASE Ellipsometer

Woollam IR-VASE Ellipsometer

OCA 15/20 Contact Angle Measuring Device

Malvern Zetasizer Nano

Filmetrics F20 Thin-Film Measurement System

Perkin-Elmer UV/Vis spectrophotometer Lambda 10

Perkin-Elmer UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometer Lambda 19

Nicolet FT-IR spectrophotometer Magna 860

Non-optical Methods for Polymer Characterization

Schott capillary viscometer

Non-optical Methods for Thin Film Characterization

Q-Sense E4 Quartz Crystal Microbalance

Sample Preparation Equipment

UV Crosslinkers

Laurell WS-400A-6NPP/LITE Spin-coater

LabTop 3000 Parylene coater

VAC Nexus One Glove Box

PlasmaEtch Oxygen Plasma Etcher

Lab-line 3608-5 Vacuum Oven

Wafer Annealing Oven

Thermocraft Tube Furnace

Comco Microblaster

Veeco-CNTech Gold/Chrom evaporator