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Analytical Chemistry

Chemical analysis provides valuable information about the molecular structure and evidence of possible contaminants in samples, both of which will have a direct influence on performance of the plastics, rubbers, or other polymers in your products. The members of our network have extensive experience performing this type of investigation, either as a failure diagnosis tool, or to help develop materials with novel properties to meet the requirements of Industry. Using specialist automated equipment provides reliability and a high degree of consistency.

Chemical analysis methods are designed to establish physical properties of the sample by:

  • light absorption
  • density measurement
  • measuring molecular weight
  • magnetic susceptibility
  • fluorescence
  • conductivity
  • precipitation
  • extraction
  • distillation

The methods and techniques available to carry out chemical analysis are numerous, ranging from fully automated equipment to traditional chemical investigations. It is important that the correct procedures are used to provide the type of data and subsequent analysis to match the purpose of undertaking the work.

RAPRA has within its technical support network, the complete spectrum of conventional and latest available equipment operated by scientists with proven expertise. If you want to ensure you get the right data and analysis, trust RAPRA to select the right facilities for you.

We have chemistry

We make sure we keep our members and clients at the forefront of latest technologies by understanding the best available instrumentation on the market and working with the most experienced chemists. RAPRA knows that these two ingredients remain the key factors to consider while undertaking projects involving chemical analysis.

Understanding the chemical structure of the plastics, rubbers or polymer composites present in products is fundamental to improving product design, or creating better compounds that will deliver enhanced properties and performance. No matter the application, chemical analysis can provide a valuable insight into how they are likely to perform in use. The materials can be separated through techniques such as:

  • Chromatography
  • Electrophoresis
  • Field flow fractionation

Use RAPRA to access these Chemical Analysis services:

  • Chemical Trace Analysis
  • Characterisation Techniques
  • Deformulation Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Material Analysis & Testing
  • REACH Compliance
  • Contamination Testing
  • Contamination Analysis

RAPRA, the Rubber And Plastics Research Association, provides independent and impartial support for Chemical Analysis services to the widest range of industries, including: Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Construction & Building Materials, Consumer Goods & Retail, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Medical & Pharma, Toys and Games.