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Physicochemical analysis

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) studies on physical and chemical transformations (e.g. melting, crystallization, glass transition, curing, and phase transitions) in polymers and other substances; purity determination, e.g. for pharmaceutical raw materials;
  • determination of the oxidation induction time (OIT) by DSC method;
  • studies on degradation and decomposition of materials by TGA method;
  • determination of thermal stability of polymers and other substances by TGA method;
  • determination of the oxygen index, flash point, ignition and flammability testing of various polymers and plastics (according to UL 94 and HTL-15).

Information

Joanna Sołtysiak, Ph.D.

phone: + 48 22 568 24 41, + 48 22 568 24 67, fax: + 48 22 568 20 48


  • determination of tensile properties;
  • determination of flexural properties;
  • determination of compressive strength;
  • determination of Izod and Charpy impact strength;
  • determination of dynamic thermomechanical properties (DMTA) in the temperature range from -160 °C to 500 °C;
  • determination of hardness (ball indentation method and Shore A and D scale);
  • determination of tensile-impact strength;
  • determination of Vicat softening temperature;
  • determination of the melt mass-flow rate (MFR);
  • determination of temperature of deflection under load;
  • determination of kinematic viscosity.

Information

Maciej Studziński, M.Sc.

phone: + 48 22 568 24 87


  • determination of particle size in the range from 5 to 5000 nm by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS) method;
  • determination of the zeta potential.

Information

Dr. Przemysław Łoś, D.Sc., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 20 61


Aneta Łukomska, Ph.D.

phone: + 48 22 568 23 19, fax: + 48 22 568 20 50


  • determination of dynamic viscosity of liquids, viscosity and shear stress vs. shear rate, determination of plasticizing stress. Adjustment of experimental data to the rheological model;
  • determination of viscosity according to PN-EN ISO 3219 standard;
  • determination of rheological properties of viscoelastic materials. Determination of changes in: loss modulus, storage modulus, complex modulus, complex viscosity, phase difference angle as a function of frequency;
  • monitoring of resin curing processes, according to ASTM D 4473-01 standard;
  • monitoring of gelling process during (polyurethane) foam formation.


Information

Dr Janusz Kozakiewicz, D.Sc., Chem. Eng., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 23 78


Jarosław Przybylski, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46, + 48 22 568 26 47


  • determination of relative hardness of coatings on a glass substrate or – in justified cases (e.g. following the method the coating is made) – on a metal substrate, according to PN-79/C-81530 standard.
  • monitoring of film formation from aqueous dispersions of polymers and copolymers, according to PN-90/C-89415 standard.


Information

Dr Janusz Kozakiewicz, D.Sc., Chem. Eng., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 23 78


Izabela Ofat, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 52


  • determination of apparent viscosity of liquid polymers, resin emulsions or polymer dispersions using Brookfield apparatus (according to PN-ISO 2555:1999 standard);
  • determination of apparent viscosity of petrochemical products (according to PN-83/C-04023 standard);
  • determination of UV curability of coatings, adhesives and other materials (ICRI own procedure);
  • accelerated ageing of polymers and coatings in cycles (1 cycle = UV irradiation + moisture condensation). Number of cycles and ageing conditions – as agreed with the client or according to the relevant standard;
  • ageing of polymers, coatings and other materials in summer and winter conditions in climatic chambers providing fixed temperature and humidity or under variable conditions (in cycles);
  • samples conditioning at fixed temperature and humidity, according to the relevant standard, before the actual examination described in the standard is performed;
  • determination of the percentage share of open and closed pores volume in rigid porous materials (according to PN-ISO 4590:1994 standard, clause 9).


Information

Dr Janusz Kozakiewicz, D.Sc., Chem. Eng., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 23 78


Jarosław Przybylski, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46, + 48 22 568 26 47


Krystyna Sylwestrzak, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46


  • determination of static and dynamic contact angles, computerized calculation of surface free energy of solids based on contact angle data, determination of surface and interfacial tension with the hanging drop method.


Information

Dr Janusz Kozakiewicz, D.Sc., Chem. Eng., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 23 78


Jarosław Przybylski, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46, + 48 22 568 26 47


Izabela Ofat, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 52


  • determination of coating gloss at the angle 20, 60 and 85 (according to PN-EN ISO 2813 standard) along with the statistics and transfer of results to a computer using PC software;
  • nondestructive determination of thickness of coatings placed on various substrates, such as ceramics, glass or plastics (according to PN-EN ISO 2808 standard). Thickness range 13–1000 mm;
  • determination of elasticity of coatings placed on a metal substrate according to PN-EN ISO 1519 standard;
  • determination of coating resistance to scratching (scratching of a sample with an appropriate stylus tip under a defined force 0–20 N);
  • cupping test performed on coatings on a metal substrate according to PN-EN ISO 1520 standard;
  • determination of abrasion resistance of coatings and polymeric materials with the friction wheels (Taber) method;
  • determination of coating impact resistance with the falling weight method according to EN ISO 6272 standard;
  • determination of coating-substrate adhesion with the cross-cut method according to ISO 2409 standard;
  • determination of leveling characteristics of paints and coatings according to ASTM D 2801 standard;
  • determination of viscosity of liquid materials according to PN-81/C-81508 standard (Ford viscosity cups);
  • determination of surface drying time and degree of dryness according to PN-79/C-81519 standard;
  • determination of coatings elasticity by bending method according to PN-76/C-81528 standard;
  • determination of coating-substrate adhesion according to PN-80/C-81531 standard;
  • determination of coatings resistance to water according to PN-76/C-81521 standard;
  • determination of mechanical stability of aqueous dispersions and suspensions in a centrifuge in the temperature range from -10 °C to 40 °C (at up to 18.000 rpm);
  • determination of sedimentation of aqueous dispersions according to BN-74/6351-01 standard.


Information

Dr Janusz Kozakiewicz, D.Sc., Chem. Eng., prof. of ICRI

phone: + 48 22 568 23 78


Jarosław Przybylski, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46, + 48 22 568 26 47


Izabela Ofat, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 52


Krystyna Sylwestrzak, M.Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone: + 48 22 568 26 46