A Closer Look at FTIR Testing

One of the advantages of working with The Polymer Lab is our experience and expertise in the testing of various plastics and polymers. Our customers know the specific tests they require, but we also work with many people who need more information on the specific applications and benefits for different tests we perform.

A very practical and useful test for identifying samples or for determining any possible organic or inorganic contamination in a sample is FTIR testing. We perform this test in our laboratory testing facility using state-of-the-art equipment, software, and technology.

What We Can Test

While we primarily focus our testing on polymers and plastics, FTIR testing can also be used for other types of organic and inorganic materials whose composition can also be determined by use of the infrared spectrum.

The absorption or reflection of the infrared light creates a unique fingerprint based on the composition of the sample material. This is one of the advantages of using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR Analysis) over other types of testing methods that may be limited for the identification of unknowns.

When using FTIR testing, we can work with small sample sizes to test for the base polymers, any types of additives, and any organic contaminants that may exist in the sample.

With this information, we then generate the necessary reports. These can be qualitative, quantitative, or both depending on your specific needs. Our goal is to cater our methods to your goals, providing your team with the information needed to verify the purity of the sample, the amount of contamination, or to identify any materials in the sample that may not be known.

This information is valuable for manufacturers of polymers and plastics. Routine testing ensures the best quality of product and assures your customers that the polymers/plastics produced are of the highest purity.