PTG/e can be an extension of your in-house R&D. Whether it is contract research or simply the analysis of a material, you can count on us for professional support. We take a pragmatic approach, which translates into short communication lines internally and regular contact between our researchers and the customer. In this way we can monitor project progress and steer the process as needed.
Our services include organising postdoc-level open courses. And thanks to our large network of lecturers, we are also able to offer (in-house) courses tailored to your specific needs.
Research & innovation
Need an experienced partner to complement your in-house R&D from time to time? For example when you are short of capacity or do not have the necessary material expertise in house?
PTG/e is fully equipped to take on a variety of tasks.
Also for shorter term projects, PTG/e is your partner. Comparison of raw materials, material identification or a quick literature scan – these are just a few of the services that PTG/e can perform for you.
With access to a wide network of (own) experts in many areas of chemistry, PTG/e is excellently placed to help you expand your knowledge of polymers. We are organizing customized company specific courses, as well as open PTN courses.
Small-Scale Polyolefin Reactors
Polyolefins are among the most widely used plastics in the world. With roughly 80 million tons being produced every year, polyethylene is the most well-known and most important polyolefin in the world. Other well-known polyolefins are polypropylene (PP), polybutylene (PB) and polyisobutylene (PIB). The properties of these polyolefins are crucial for the role they need to fulfill in all sorts of products such as packaging materials, furniture and electronics.
To be able to reach certain properties, the synthesis parameters must be controlled precisely during polymerization. In order to achieve the best settings, a lot of research is still being done. Because every system is different and requires its own set of parameters, optimization on small scale synthesis is a mandatory step before getting a pilot plant followed by industrial scale up.
PTG/e owns a unique platform of not one but five small scale polyolefin reactors. The reactors are designed for testing homogeneous as well as heterogeneous catalysts in slurry or solution. The four 125 mL and one 1 L autoclaves can be used to optimize the olefin polymerization process for different monomers, catalysts as well as synthesis conditions as they are equipped with extensive parameter monitoring. With such a setup, we can perform different experiments simultaneously, making it a highly efficient and quick way to test various parameters, such as temperature, pressure and ethylene/propylene uptake. In addition, olefin polymerization reactions can be quenched with carbon dioxide and the catalysts can be rejuvenated or can undergo chain transfer via the introduction of controlled small amounts of hydrogen.
If you are interested, please feel free to reach out, to discuss how our small scale olefin polymerization platform can benefit your projects.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) – Explained
Scanning Electron Microscopy is a technology that empowers researchers to delve into the intricate world of materials, providing valuable insights. The Scanning Electron Microscope can provide high resolution images of your material like you have never seen before. “Ready to elevate your project to new heights with Scanning Electron Microscopy? Contact us and find out how we can benefit your projects!” Watch the movie here!
NEW THF Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) system!
We are excited to announce a new addition to our infrastructure with the integration of our new Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) system of Agilent. This new SEC system utilizes tetrahydrofuran (THF) as the mobile phase, combined with a highly sensitive Refractive Index (RI) detector.
This THF-SEC is meticulously calibrated using Polystyrene (PS) standards, empowering us to determine the molecular weight of polymers within a wide range, from 200 up to 400,000 Da.
Our team at PTG/e is highly experienced with polymers of all kinds. By expanding our existing SEC systems line-up with this THF-SEC, we can now tackle molecular weight determinations of almost any polymeric material with utmost efficiency and reliability.
Need to know the molecular weight of your materials? Contact us!