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Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of plastic films and sheeting

ASTM F1249, ISO 15106-2
Determination of the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) according to the ASTM F1249 standard. WVTR describes the amount of water vapor that passes …

Thermal characterization with DSC

EN ISO 11357-1
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is used to determine transition temperatures and enthalpy changes of solid and liquid samples under controlled temperature changes. The analysis can be used to determine the …

Biogenic or biobased carbon content according to ASTM D6866

ASTM D6866
Measurement of biogenic or biobased carbon in the material or product as a percent of the total carbon or total organic carbon in the product. ASTM D6866 outlines two ways of expressing the …

Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of plastic films and sheeting

ASTM D3985, ASTM F1927, ASTM F2622-08, …
Determination of the oxygen transmission rate of plastic films and sheet-like materials. The test is performed on two parallel …

Microplastics in wastewater with the micro-Raman method

Determination of microplastics in wastewater using Raman spectroscopy. The results of the analysis will specify different types of polymers by size, for example, 1-10 µm, 10–50 µm, 50–100 µm, 100–500 µm, and >500 µm. …

Identification of chemical groups with FTIR (solid samples)

Qualitative identification of chemical groups in solid samples by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Results will be delivered as an FTIR spectrum. In addition, a comparison to an FTIR library …

CHNOS analysis of organic materials

Determination of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen content of an organic sample. CHNS analysis (”LECO analysis”) is performed using a flash combustion method, where the sample is combusted under 25 kPa of O2 at an elevated temperature …

SEM imaging

Imaging of the sample using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Typically, several images are taken with varying magnifications to get a good overview of the sample. The sample can be prepared with a metallic coating for non-conductive samples. For cross-section measurement, an …

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SEM-EDX imaging

Imaging of the sample using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX or EDS). Typically, several images are taken with varying magnifications to get a good overview of the sample. An EDX mapping, line scan, or point measurement is …

1H NMR spectroscopy

1H NMR spectroscopic measurement for samples that can be readily dissolved in deuterated solvents. The price includes sample preparation, deuterated solvent (D2O, DMSO-d, or CDCl3), NMR tube, measurement, and basic data processing. The processed spectrum is delivered …

XRR of thin films or coatings

X-Ray Reflectometry (XRR) analysis is used to measure the density, thickness, and roughness of films. For film thickness measurements, the thickness should generally be below 300 nm (depending on the material) and the roughness should be low (<5 nm). If …

Microplastics in clean water samples or bottles

A method that utilizes micro-Raman spectroscopy. The analytical report will list different types of polymers detected and their distribution by size (1-10 µm, 10–50 µm, 50–100 µm, 100–500 µm, >500 µm). This analysis can be used …

13C NMR spectroscopy

Carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy measurement for samples that can be dissolved in deuterated solvents. The price includes sample preparation, deuterated solvent (D2O, DMSO-d, or CDCl3), NMR tube, measurement, and basic data processing. The results are delivered as an image …

Heavy metal content according to Directive 94/62/EC

Directive 94/62/EC limits the content of heavy metals such that the sum of the concentrations of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), and hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)) in packaging or packaging components shall not exceed …

Metal screening by ICP-SFMS (semi-quantitative)

This metal screening analysis includes the semi-quantitative determination of 70 elements. The method can be used, for example, to determine the background concentrations of metals in environmental samples or to study the …

Microplastics with py-GC/MS, typical wastewater samples

The measurement determines ten common plastic types (PE, PP, PS, ABS, PVC, PET, PC, PMMA, PA6, PA66) with pyrolysis-GC/MS. In the method, microplastics are separated from the sample and reported in µg/l of individual …

Phthalates analysis package (REACH)

Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used as plasticizers, which make plastics more flexible and durable. Phthalates have also been used as additives in products such as cosmetics and personal care items. Several phthalates have been …

Elemental analysis of plastics and polymers by ICP-SFMS (selected elements)

The measurement is performed using a high-resolution ICP-MS technique (ICP-SFMS), which can identify very low elemental concentrations. The measurement includes only the selected element …

Impact strength of plastics - Charpy and Izod methods

DIN 53435, EN ISO 180, ISO 179
The impact strength of rigid plastics can be measured with the Charpy and Izod methods. In these tests, a pendulum is used to break the sample specimen. 10 …

Microplastics with py-GC/MS, clean water samples

Measurement to determine ten common plastic types (PE, PP, PS, ABS, PVC, PET, PC, PMMA, PA6, PA66) with pyrolysis-GC/MS. In the method, microplastics are separated from the sample and reported in µg/l of individual polymer …

Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of packages

ASTM F1307
This test is designed to measure the oxygen transmission rate of finished packages, including cups, bottles, trays, and containers. Two replica measurements are included in the test price. Temperature can be …

Total fluorine content in plastic

EN 15408
Determination of total fluorine (F) content in plastic according to the EN 15408 mod. method. The fluorine content of the sample is obtained using oxygen bomb combustion treatment followed by ion chromatography (IC). Possible sample …

ISO 178 - Flexural properties of plastics with three point bending tests

ISO 178
Determination of the flexural properties of rigid and semi-rigid plastics and composite materials using 3-point bending tests according to the ISO 178 standard. The results …

Tensile properties of rigid plastics by ISO 527-2

ISO 527-2
Tensile test for extrusion and injection molded plastics at room temperature. The test characterizes the tensile modulus, yield point, and point of break in accordance with the EN ISO 527-2 standard. The …

Compression strength of plastics

ISO 604
This test is used to determine the compression properties of rigid and semi-rigid plastics according to the ISO 604 standard. A range of test speeds and specimen dimensions are included in the standard method. For comparative results, …

Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) of plastics

ISO 75
Heat deflection temperature (HDT), also known as heat distortion temperature, describes the plastic's resistance to deformation by a given load at an elevated temperature. It can also give insight into the injection …

Isothiazolinone content

Determination of isothiazolinones in consumer goods. Isothiazolinones are common preservatives (biocides) in cosmetics, chemical formulations, and printing inks. The following isothiazolinones are included in the analysis: 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3(2h)-one (BIT, CAS: …

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

XPS is a semi-quantitative technique that allows the measurement of the elemental composition of the surface of materials. In addition, it can also determine the binding and electronic state of the atoms. XPS is a surface-sensitive technique. …

Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS) in plastic

Determination of selected PFAS compounds using the LC-MS technique. The analysis package includes the determination of 22 substances including Perfluorooctane sulphonic acid (PFOS), Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and …

Phthalates analysis (extended package)

Extended analysis package for phthalates in various matrices using the GC-MS technique. Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used as plasticizers, which make plastics more flexible and durable. Phthalates are also found as additives in …

Density determination of plastics and polymers

ISO 1183-1
In this analysis, the density of plastics and polymers is determined by the immersion method specified in part A of the ISO 1183-1 standard. The method is suitable for plastic granulates and for products and …

Tensile properties of plastic films by ISO 527-3

ISO 527-3
This tensile test by the ISO 527-3 standard determines the tensile properties of plastic films and sheeting. Determinable properties include tensile strength, yield strength, yield strain, strain at break, and …

XPS peak deconvolution - binding state of atoms

XPS is a semi-quantitative technique allowing to measure the elemental composition of the surface of materials. In addition, it can also determine the binding state of the atoms. If you wish to perform this test, please ask the …

Compostability in an industrial compost

EN 13432, EN 14995, ISO 11268-1, …
Testing package to assess the industrial compostability of materials or products following international protocols, such as EN 13432 for packaging, EN 14995 for plastic …

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in plastic and rubber (AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK)

AfPS GS2019
Content of 15 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in plastic and rubber and products made from them (e.g., toys, kitchenware) according to AfPS GS …

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in plastic and rubber (REACH)

Analysis of PAH compounds from plastic and rubber as well as products made from these raw materials (e.g., textiles, toys, packaging materials) as required by REACH. Test package includes the …

Solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy

Solid state carbon-13 (13C) NMR spectroscopy measurement for solid fine powder samples. The price includes an NMR tube, measurement, and basic data processing. Any possible grinding or ball milling needs to be done before delivering samples to …

Thermal conductivity of plastics - Transient plane heat source (TPS) method

ISO 22007-2
Measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of plastic materials according to standard ISO 22007-2. Also, specific heat capacity per unit volume can …

Vicat softening point of plastics

ISO 306
The Vicat softening point is the temperature at which a flat-pointed needle penetrates the sample to a thickness of 1 mm when loaded with a 10 N or 50 N load. In the test, the sample is placed in an oil bath that is heated at a rate of …

Vinyl chloride content in plastics

Determination of vinyl chloride (chloroethane, CAS 75-01-4) content in plastics. Both ECHA and the US EPA have identified vinyl chloride as a carcinogen.

Mineral oil (MOSH/MOAH) content of paper and board

Determination of the residual or impurity level of mineral oil MOSH/MOAH in paper and board. The results are reported as the amounts/concentrations of groups of MOSH and MOAH. The groups are formed based on the number of …

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) analysis of solids and fabrics

GC-MS analysis of 16 PAH compounds, which are listed as high-priority pollutants by the US-EPA. The analyzed PAH compounds are: naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, fluorene, phenanthrene, …

Refractive index of plastics

ISO 489
A refractometric method for measuring the refractive index of molded parts, casts, or extruded sheets or films, using a refractometer. The test is suitable for isotropic transparent, translucent, colored and anisotropic materials. The method …

SEC-MALS of high molar weight polymers

SEC-MALS (size exclusion chromatography with multi-angle light scattering) is a polymer analysis method that is used to characterize the molar masses and branching properties of polymers. This analysis gives information about a high …

Tensile test for fiber reinforced composites

EN ISO 527-4
This method is used to study the tensile properties of isotropic and orthotropic fiber-reinforced plastic composites according to the ISO 527-4 standard.

Ash content of paper, board or pulp

The test determines the ash content of paper, board, and pulp upon being ignited at 525 °C. The results express the mass of the inorganics in your sample.

Biobased carbon content according to EN 16640

EN 16640
The biobased carbon (also known as biogenic carbon) content is expressed in relation to the total carbon content (TC). The displayed price applies to non-volatile samples, but it may be possible to analyze volatile …

Carbon dioxide (CO2) transmission rate through films and sheeting

ASTM F2476-20
This measurement determines the transmission rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) through a single or multi-layered plastic film or sheeting with an infrared detector. The …

Hardness of plastics

EN ISO 868, ISO 2039-1
This test can be used to determine the hardness of plastics with the ball indentation or Shore hardness method. The test is performed at room temperature and includes three measurements per sample. Hardness data may be used …

Optical profilometry

Measurement of roughness or edge sharpness by optical profilometry.

Vertical burning test for plastics with 50 W flame - UL 94

IEC 60695-11-10, UL 94
In the test, a vertically oriented test specimen is exposed to a small flame ignition source with a nominal thermal power of 50 W. Together with the horizontal burning …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of textiles

ASTM E96
Water vapor transmission rate testing is used to evaluate the breathability of textiles. The ASTM E96 test measures the amount of water vapor that passes through the fabric in a controlled environment. The …

Artificial weathering in fluorescent UV chamber

ASTM G154
1000 hours of exposure in QUV accelerated artificial weathering, including measurement of L* a* b* color coordinates and calculation of ΔE*ab

Group delay dispersion (GDD) and group velocity dispersion (GVD)

Group delay dispersion (GDD) and group velocity dispersion (GVD) are critical parameters for understanding how the propagation time and speed of light pulses change with frequency or wavelength as they …

Home compostability

ISO 11268-1, ISO 11268-2, ISO 14855, …
Home composting provides an effective way to manage organic waste on a small scale or within a household setting, involving the transformation of organic matter into compost through the activity …

Horizontal burning test for plastics - UL 94

IEC 60695-11-10, UL 94
In this test, a horizontally oriented test specimen is exposed to a small flame ignition source with a nominal thermal power of 50 W. Together with the vertical burning test, the results …

Lignin ash content

ISO 1762
Lignin sample ash content measurement at 525°C. The result is expressed as a mass percentage of the ash from the initial sample on a dry matter basis.

Minimum film formation temperature (MFFT)

ASTM D2354, ISO 2115
MFFT is the lowest temperature at which a latex, emulsion, or adhesive will uniformly coalesce when laid on a substrate as a thin film. An accurate MFFT value allows the formulation of products that …

Puncture resistance of rigid plastics by ISO 6603-2

ISO 6603-2
This test is used to determine the puncture properties of rigid plastics. During the test, a flat sample specimen is punctured by a falling impact object (from 1 m at a speed of 4.4 m/s) while the force …

Rubber abrasion resistance by ISO 4649

ISO 4649
In this abrasion resistance test, the volume loss that a test piece experiences when subjected to abrasive action is measured. A specified grade of abrasive sheet and a non-rotating test piece are used. The result can be …

Surface burning test for plastics with 500 W flame - UL 94

IEC 60695-11-20, UL 94
In this test, a vertically oriented test specimen is exposed to a small flame ignition source with a nominal thermal power of 500 W. Together with the horizontal …

Ultimate aerobic biodegradation in composting conditions

ISO 14855
This analysis is used to assess the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of materials in controlled composting conditions by the ISO 14855 standard. Testing is most typically performed on …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of plastic films with the gravimetric dish method

DIN 53122-1
The gravimetric dish method can be used to determine the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of materials that have a high water vapor …

Aerobic biodegradation in soil

ISO 14855
A biodegradation analysis for determining how materials decompose in soil, conforming to the ISO 17556 standard. This standard is specific to aerobic biodegradation in soil environments, where organic materials are broken down into …

Artificial weathering in Xenon-arc chamber (Coated panel)

ASTM G155
1000 hours of exposure in QSUN xenon-arc chamber with filter Daylight Q (daylight SPD)

Biobased carbon content according to ISO 16620

ISO 16620
The biobased carbon content is either reported as a fraction of the total organic carbon (TOC) or total carbon (TC). The price is for non-volatile samples. If your sample is volatile, please discuss the …

Biodegradability and disintegration in marine conditions

ASTM D6691, ISO 19679, ISO 22404, …
This analysis package comprehensively evaluates both aerobic biodegradability and disintegration of plastics exposed to marine conditions. …

Coefficient of friction of plastic films

ISO 8295/4
The method measures the coefficients of starting and sliding friction of plastic films and sheeting when sliding over the same or another material. The testing procedure is based on the ISO 8295 standard. The …

Comprehensive soil biodegradation study

ISO 11268-1, ISO 11268-2, ISO 15685, …
This analysis package is used to determine the biodegradability of materials in soil. The results can be used to evaluate the environmental impact of the product. …

Focused Ion Beam (FIB) preparation

Focused Ion Beam (FIB) preparation is performed on the sample. It allows to cut samples very precisely in order to observe them by TEM or SEM imaging. The price includes only the FIB preparation.

Horizontal burning test for foamed plastics - UL 94

UL 94
In this test, a horizontally oriented test specimen is exposed to a small flame ignition source with a nominal thermal power of 50 W after being conditioned as per the UL 94 standard. This test is used to classify …

Metals in oil and solvents by ICP-SFMS (Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, V)

Determination of selected metals (Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, V) in oil or solvent samples using high-resolution ICP-MS (ICP-SFMS) technique. …

PAH analysis of asphalt

EN 15527, EN 17322, EPA 8082A, …
Determination of PAH compounds in asphalt samples using the GC-MS technique. The analysis includes the determination of the following compounds: naphthalene [CAS: 91-20-3], acenaphthylene [CAS: …

Polymer characterization by NMR

NMR can be used to identify the type(s) of polymer(s) in a sample by studying the unique response of their nuclei to an applied magnetic field. This technique can be used to characterize a completely unknown polymer or a blend of polymers. NMR can also …

Short chain branching of HDPE by 13C-NMR

Use of 13C-NMR to identify the type and relative quantity of short-chain branching in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) samples. The prevalence of short-chain branching can have major effects on the properties of HDPE materials such as …

Surface and volume resistivity of plastics

EN 62631-3-1, EN 62631-3-2
These analyses (IEC EN 62631-3-1 and IEC EN 62631-3-2) measure the resistive properties of solid plastics under direct current (DC) conditions. Flat plates of the sample are placed …

Tacticity of polymers by NMR

Polymer tacticity (isotactic, syndiotactic, or atactic) can be studied using differing NMR techniques suitable for different polymer types. Polypropylene (PP) is analyzed using 1H-NMR and can be combined with 2D experiments such as COSY-NMR for more …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ultra-high barrier films and sheetings

Determination of the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ultra-high barrier materials. The method can also be used to test moderate barrier materials at high-temperature …

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