School of Chemical Engineering

The Translational Polymer Research Group has on-site and external facilities. Browse the full list of facilities.

Facilities within our labs

Extruders

  • Prism twin-screw compound extruder (16 mm diameter)
  • Eurolab twin-screw compound extruder (16mm diameter)
  • LabTech twin-screw compound extruder (16mm diameter)
  • Haake Mini-extruder (twin-screw)

Film Blowing

  • Axon Film blowing extruder and tower

Granulation

  • Pan Granulator

Mixing

  • Ultrasonic mixer – probe sonicator

Sample Preparation

  • Hot press compression moulders x 2

Rheology

  • Rheometers
  • Rheometrics Low shear ARES rheometer
  • Slit die rheometer
  • Rheoscope rheometer by Haake
  • Multipass Rheometer (MPR)
  • Viscometers
  • Brookfield viscometer
  • Cannon-Fenske routine viscometers sizes 25, 50

Thermal Analysis

  • Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA/DMA) - Rheometrics
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) - TA Instruments DSC

Tensile / Compression / Bending

  • Instron universal tester
  • Various load cells for tensile, compression, bending tests
  • Moisture analysis
  • Mettler Toledo Moisture Analyser
  • Sartorius Moisture Analyser

Film barrier properties

  • MOCON O2 barrier property testers
  • MOCON H20 barrier property testers

Centrifuge

  • Heraeus Instruments Biofuge Primo centrifuge

SEC/GPC

  • Agilent GPC with RI (Refractive Index) & viscometer

Weatherometer

  • QUV Weatherometer

Simulation software

  • Extrusion
  • Flowsolve flow simulation software
  • Atomistic modelling software
  • Polyflow software

Other

  • Pressure-Volume-Temperature (PVT) apparatus

Facilities outside of our labs

Extruders

  • Entek twin-screw compound extruder (27 mm)
  • Axon single screw extruder
  • Haake Polylab twin screw extruder system (19mm) x 2
  • Haake coextruder steup (19 mm)

Injection Moulding

  • Demag 80 tonne injection moulder
  • DSM mini injection moulder

Rotomoulding

  • Uniaxial rotational moulder

Mixing

  • Brabender batch mixer (Partec)

Sample Preparation

  • Compression moulder

Rheology

Rheometers:

  • Rheometrics Low shear ARES rheometer
  • Rapid Visco Analyser

Tensile / Compression / Bending

  • Instron tensile testers x 2 (Long Pocket)

Microscopy

  • Optical Microscope
  • Hot stage microscope (74-211 and CNAFS)

Impact testing

  • Charpy impact test instrument

Chemical Characterisation & Synthesis

Vibrational analysis

  • Nicolet 5700 ATR-FTIR
  • Nicolet 5700 FTIR-NIR
  • FT-Raman
  • Dispersive Raman Microscope
  • FT-SPR module
  • Grazing angle accessory
  • Grazing angle ATR
  • High Pressure ATR cell
  • Diamond ATR accessory

NMR spectroscopy

  • Solid State
  • Microimaging
  • Solutions Chemistry
  • Solution CMR

HPLC

  • Waters HPLC

Thermal analysis

  • TGA
  • DMA
  • DSC

Lasers

  • 157 nm F2
  • 193 nm ArF

Centrifuge

  • Hermule Z323

GC-MS

  • Trace GCMS

Ellipsometers

  • JA Woolam VUV Vase
  • Gaertner

SEC/GPC

  • GPC x 2
  • Waters GPC with inline Wyatt MAL

LCMS/MS

  • Waters LCMS/MS

UV-VIS

  • Cary 4000
  • UV/Vis Plate Reader (Tecan)

Fluorescence

  • Horiba Fluoromax-4
  • Fluorescence Scanner (Tecan)

UV Exposure

  • Runray 600
  • Sematech Exposure Tool

Spin Coaters

  • POLOS Coater
  • Chemat Coater

Glove Box Station

  • M-Braun Station

Parallel Synthesis

  • MT Multimax

Flash Chromatography

  • Buchi Sepacore

Plasma

  • Low poser plasma deposition

XPS

  • Kratos

AFM

  • Various - CMM + BnDF

SEM

  • CMM

TEM

  • CMM

XRD

  • WAXS and SAXS
Get in touch

For more opportunities, please contact:

A/Prof Bronwyn Laycock

Email