MatChar's infrastructure includes new laboratory space in the Advanced Research Complex at uOttawa, that benefitted from a $16.4M grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for the project “Advanced Materials: From Designer Molecules to Transformative Devices”, led by Tito Scaiano.

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Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)

Capabilities of the Q5000 TGA

  • Provides users with such information as compositional analysis of multi-component materials, thermal stabilities and oxidative stabilities.

  • Allows for the determination of moisture and volatiles content

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Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

Capabilities of the Q2000 DSC

  • Phase transitions of polymers, including glass transition, melting and crystallization

  • Heat capacity,  melting point, crystallization and glass transition temperatures

  • Degree of cure  and  residual cure of the resins

  • Thermal performances and thermal histories of materials

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Capabilities of the Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 FTIR/ATR

  • Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) accessory available to allow for fast, non-destructive analysis of samples with little or no sample preparation

  • Material identification of organic films, particles, powders and liquids (e.g. polymer, resins, fibers, paint, Oil, etc.)

  • Identification of contaminants on surfaces (sub-µm scale)

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  • Cyclic voltammetry

  • Chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry, chronocoulometry

  • Bulk electrolysis

  • Charge/discharge

  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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  1. Our new Agilent InfinityLab Liquid Chromatography/Mass Selective Detector (LC/MSD) system uses the power of mass selective detection to enhance analytical confidence. The single quadrupole LC/MSD system is running in parallel to the Infinity II LC system.
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Cary 60 Fiber Optic Coupler

It measures absorbance and transmission from 190 nm to 1100 nm using the Cary 60 fiber optic coupler accessory. It allows for measurements up to 3 m away; ideal for remote UV-VIS analysis.

These remote measurements are useful in situations such as when sterile conditions need to be maintained, high temperatures or pressures are present, radiation or poisons prevent direct handling, when measurements are taken inside a glove box, or when monitoring a reaction in a process bath.

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Cary 60 (UV-VIS)

The Cary 60 UV-Vis spectrophotometer has a wavelength range of 190–1100 nm that can be scanned in under three seconds. Our flexible UV-Vis spectrometer can be fitted with long pathlength cuvettes and solid sample transmission or reflectance accessories.

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96 Plate Reader (absorption and luminescence)

  • Monochromator based UV/Vis absorbance

  • High performance filter based fluorescence, luminescence

  • Incubation to 50 °C

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