Equipment

The Key Centre hosts an unique facility for the preparation and characterisation of polymers and colloids. Our equipment suite includes traditional and specialist organic synthetic apparatus, equipment to characterise polymers, colloids and for generic surface chemistry. We have also specialised apparatus for the synthesis of polymer colloids, including the Mettler RC1 and custom-built instruments such as dilatometers. KCPC has also access to the pool of instruments available within the University, with privileged links with the School of Chemistry and the Electron Microscopy Unit.

Organic Synthesis Facility

Reactors for Controlled Synthesis

  • Mettler Toledo RC1 Reaction Calorimeter
  • 1.3 L Computer-Controlled Reactor
  • Dilatometers
  • Bottle Polymerizer

Particle Size Analysis

  • PCS (Photon Correlation Spectrometer)
  • Malvern HPPS System
  • Malvern ZetaSizer
  • PL-PSDA Particle Size Distribution Analyser (HDC)
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Acoustosizer

Surface Analysis

Molecular Weight Determination

  • Gel Permeation Chromatography / Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC / SEC)
  • Gradient Polymer elution Chromatography (GPEC)
  • Mass Spectrometry Unit (School of Chemistry)

Surface Chemistry Instruments

  • KSV Sigma 70 Surface Tensiometer
  • SensaDyne QC3000 Surface Tensiometer

Preparative Devices

  • Centrifuges
  • Avestin EmulsiFlex - C50 High Pressure Homogeniser
  • Ozonolyser
  • Autoclave (Siltex Steam Sterilizer)
  • VMA- Getzmann Dispermat Laboratory Disperser

Characterisation Equipment

  • Optical Microscopes
  • Brookfield Digital Viscometer
  • Metrohm Karl Fischer Titration
  • Raman Probe
  • FTIR/Raman Spectrometers
  • Varian UV Vis and Fluorescence Spectrometers
  • Pulsed Laser Polymerisation (School of Chemistry)

Structure/Property Relations

  • MDSC (Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter)
  • TGA (Thermogravimetric Analyser)
  • DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis)
  • Shear Stress Rheometer and Shear Strain Rheometer (Roger Tanner)