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Characterisation

Chemical Characterisation

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Provides information about chemical composition of sample and is able to detect compounds present at >5%.

Uses: Determine chemical interactions between different components Identification of materials.

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

Uses: Molecular Weight and Molecular weight Distribution of Polymers

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)

Routine analysis (quantification and/or comparative identification) of components in mixture by GC-MS.

Uses:

  • Identification of unknown compounds (e.g. contaminant materials)
  • Volatile materials identification in solid and liquid samples by Headspace GC-MS.
  • Purity analysis

Soxhlet Extraction

Uses: This sample preparation technique is used to remove low molecular weight materials from a polymer system for further analysis by GC-MS or FTIR

Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Xray detector (SEM/EDX)

This analytical technique provides surface as well as elemental information about inorganic fillers.

Uses:

  • Material identification
  • Microscopic quantitative analysis of parts or components

X-Ray Diffraction

Non-destructive technique that reveals detailed information about the chemical composition and crystallographic structure of natural and manufactured mater

Goniometer

Measurement of contact angle for assessment of hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity

Karl Fischer Coulometer

Uses: Moisture content of liquid and solid samples by Karl Fischer Coulometer

High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Uses:

  • Routine analysis (quantification and/or comparative identification) of components in mixture
  • Cleaning Validation Studies and Trace Analysis
  • Purity analysis
  • Analysis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient release

Drug Dissolution

In-line Pharmacopeia standard method for the detection of the release rate of active pharmaceutical ingredients through UV detection. Manual sample collection and analysis through HPLC also possible.

Thermal Analysis

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

Uses: Identification of thermal transitions of polymers according to IS EN ISO 3146:2000; Method C2.

  • Glass Transition temperature
  • Crystalline Melting Temperature
  • Percentage Crystallinity
  • Decomposition temperature

Melt Flow Index (MFI)

Uses: MFI is the primary polymer property used to determine batch consistency and specification conformity.

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

Percentage inorganic Content (including % Carbon Black and % CaCO3) based on ISO 11358.

Uses: Material Thermal Stability and decomposition kinetics

Rheometry

Determination of the storage (elastic) modulus, loss modulus, viscosity and shear strength of swollen or molten polymers. Twin pore and parallel plate rheometers available.

Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA)

Uses: Mechanical-Thermal Properties of materials

Mechanical Analysis

Tensiometer

Mechanical Strength of standard test specimens for calculation of Tensile, Compression and Flexural properties. A variety of load cells are available from 50N to 200 KN.

Uses:

  • ISO testing on standard specimens or testing of the final product
  • Tensile testing to measure material strength and elongation (flexibility).
  • Compression testing eg pipe, tubing.
  • 3-point bend flexural testing to measure flexural strength and modulus (stiffness).
  • Weld strength, tear strength and bond strength.
  • Customised testing eg force to snap-fit product, force to open casing, resistance to high loads, product safety, and so on.

Impact Resistance

  • Pendulum Impact testing to Charpy and Izod notched and un-notched tests
  • Falling dart impact testing using instrumented impact tester

Shore A and Shore D hardness

Uses: Measure of a materials resistance to permanent indentation

Ageing and Stability

Product Shelf Life Testing and Lifespan Estimation

Accelerated oven ageing to determine lifespan of product.
Oven ageing to verify Product Shelf Life stability of Medical Products.
Humidity chamber also available for more specific environments.

Xenon Arc Accelerated Weathering

  • 1000 hour test to assess 2 years exposure, Northern hemisphere
  • Product stability can be measured using colour change by optical analysis on the yellowness index or mechanical strength deterioration

QUV Weatherometer

UV light is responsible for almost all photodegradation of durable materials exposed outdoors.

Uses: Accelerated aging

Biomedical Polymer Research
Biomedical polymer research at the MRI is underpinned by a strong tradition in polymer chemistry and polymer processing capabilities. Building on these foundations, a wide variety of materials and manufacturing methods are currently being developed.

Core areas include:
Bone regeneration, Peripheral nerve repair, Biodegradable stents, Wound healing devices, Lubricious hydrophilic coatings.

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Biomedical Polymers

Bone is a highly complex tissue, which undergoes microfracture and repair through everyday loading. It is this ability to repair and regenerate its structure that enables bone to spontaneously repair itself following injury without the formation of scar tissue. However, 5-10% of all fractures do not heal in the desired manner. This can lead to the need for surgical intervention where the most common treatment is a bone grafting procedure. There are an estimated 2.2 million such procedures globally each year, which makes bone the second most transplanted tissue after blood. These procedures have inherent disadvantages which gives rise to a great deal of research in this area to develop viable bone graft substitute materials.

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Biomedical Polymers

Peripheral nerve injuries may occur as a result of trauma, infection, or genetic disorders, resulting in pain, sensory loss, muscle weakness and problems with movement. It is estimated that over 700,000 surgical procedures are conducted in the US alone very year, and the annual value of the market is over $700 M. At present, there is no commercially available polymeric device that equals the performance of the autograft, which is the current gold standard. To address this unmet clinical need, the peripheral nerve repair biomaterials programme at the MRI seeks to develop novel polymeric biomaterials and manufacturing methods for the creation of the next generation of medical implants for peripheral nerve repair applications.

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Biomedical Polymers

The MRI has a strong track record in the field of coatings for catheters, development of drug eluting stents and the development of biodegradable polymer blends with tailored degradation profiles and mechanical properties. This knowledge is combined to produce solutions for use in the field of biodegradable stents, where polymers and composites with specific mechanical properties and degradation profiles are required.

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Biomedical Polymers

Biomedical Polymer Research
Biomedical polymer research at the MRI is underpinned by a strong tradition in polymer chemistry and polymer processing capabilities. Building on these foundations, a wide variety of materials and manufacturing methods are currently being developed.

Core areas include:
Bone regeneration, Peripheral nerve repair, Biodegradable stents, Wound healing devices, Lubricious hydrophilic coatings.

Learn More
Biomedical Polymers

Biomedical Polymer Research
Biomedical polymer research at the MRI is underpinned by a strong tradition in polymer chemistry and polymer processing capabilities. Building on these foundations, a wide variety of materials and manufacturing methods are currently being developed.

Core areas include:
Bone regeneration, Peripheral nerve repair, Biodegradable stents, Wound healing devices, Lubricious hydrophilic coatings.

Learn More
Biomedical Polymers

Controlled Release & Smart Polymers
The development of novel drug delivery systems is an extremely active area of the biomedical industry, and there are obvious economic and therapeutic advantages to improving the manner in which drugs are administered. Polymer drug delivery systems have been an area of core competence within AIT for over 20 years, leading to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as important collaborations with leading higher education and industry partners.

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Controlled Release & Smart Polymers

Smart Polymers are a new generation of materials which exhibit extraordinary properties. These types of polymers can respond sharply to small changes in physical or chemical conditions with relatively large phase or property changes. Arguable the greatest potential of smart polymers lays in the area of targeted drug delivery. With clinical applications beginning to emerge it is a very exciting time for smart polymer materials research.

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Controlled Release & Smart Polymers

Controlled Release & Smart Polymers
The development of novel drug delivery systems is an extremely active area of the biomedical industry, and there are obvious economic and therapeutic advantages to improving the manner in which drugs are administered. Polymer drug delivery systems have been an area of core competence within AIT for over 20 years, leading to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as important collaborations with leading higher education and industry partners.

Learn More
Controlled Release & Smart Polymers

Controlled Release & Smart Polymers
The development of novel drug delivery systems is an extremely active area of the biomedical industry, and there are obvious economic and therapeutic advantages to improving the manner in which drugs are administered. Polymer drug delivery systems have been an area of core competence within AIT for over 20 years, leading to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as important collaborations with leading higher education and industry partners.

Learn More
Controlled Release & Smart Polymers

Controlled Release & Smart Polymers
The development of novel drug delivery systems is an extremely active area of the biomedical industry, and there are obvious economic and therapeutic advantages to improving the manner in which drugs are administered. Polymer drug delivery systems have been an area of core competence within AIT for over 20 years, leading to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as important collaborations with leading higher education and industry partners.

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Controlled Release & Smart Polymers

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

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Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

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Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing
The Materials Research Institute has unrivalled polymer processing capabilities in the Irish setting. It carries equipment for injection moulding, extrusion, melt spinning, compounding, vacuum forming, compression moulding and blow moulding. The Materials Research Institute is home to the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Technology Gateway. APT is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

Learn More
Polymer Processing & Additive Manufacturing

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

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Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

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Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

Composites Materials & Upscaling
The MRI specializes in the development of innovative thermoplastic composite materials for use in a variety of industrial applications. Polymer composites consist of a matrix polymer material with a reinforcing or non-reinforcing filler dispersed throughout. The matrix polymer acts to provide protection to the reinforcement material from both chemical and environmental attack; bonding to the reinforcement to permit transfer of load; and to hold the reinforcement in a fixed orientation.
Our research encompasses both fibrous and particulate reinforcement, with a focus on basalt fibre, nanoclay and halloysite tubes.

Learn More
Composites Materials & Upscaling

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