Polymer Technology research equipment

The equipment at Laboratory of Polymer Technology is modern and enables extensive and high-standard research.

Professor Jukka Seppälä heads a national bioeconomy research infrastructure including VTT and Aalto University. A list of the equipment available in that research environment can be found below.

Polymerization reactors

Slurry/solution polymerization: Autoclave based on Büchi BEP280. Reactor sizes 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 ja 5.0 dm3
Slurry/solution polymerization: Minireactor system with a glass window, reactor size 20 and 50 ml.
Bulk polymerization Two units: DIT 0.15 and 2.5 dm3
Bulk polymerization KK Juchheim 2.4 and 6.2 dm3

Polymer characterization

NMR Bruker AVANCE 400 MHz 5 mm (BBFO) and 10 (BBO)
FTIR Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two FT-IR Spectrometer
FTIR Unicam Mattson 300 FTIR spectrometer
UV/VIS Unicam Helios Beta 9423 UVB 1000E spectrophotometer
DSC Mettler Toledo Star DSC 821 and TA Instruments Q2000 DSC
DMA TA Instruments Q800 DMA
TGA TA Instruments Q500 TGA
High temperature GPC Waters 2000 Alliance
Room temperature GPC Waters
Microscope Olympus BH-2
Rotational rheometer Anton Paar Physica MCR 301 and TA Instruments AR G2

Polymer processing

Injection molding machine Engel ES200/40
Mini injection moulding machine DSM
Twin-screw extruder Werner & Pfleiderer ZSK 25 M9
Twin-screw extruder Brabender DSK 42/7
Batch mixer Brabender W 50 E, vol 50 cm3
Twin-screw midiextruder DSM, volume 16 cm3
Compression molding machine Fontijne TP 400
Micro-injection molding machine Babyplast 6/10P 

Testing of polymer properties

Tensile, flexural and compression Instron 4204
Electrical Conductivity Jandel RM3000
Pendulum impact tester Zwick 5102
Melt flow rate Ceast MFI 6542
Shore hardness tester ATS Faar
Hardness tester Zwick 3106
Elastomer testing equipment  

Rapid prototyping

Stereolithography EnvisionTEC Perfactory SXGA+ Mini Multi Lens
Fused Deposition Modeling Bits from Bytes 3D Touch Printer and Solidoodle3

The team also collaborates with Professor Jouni Partanen and Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory (ADDLab) regarding 3D printers. 

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Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

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