The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University is equipped with state-of-the-art spectrometric, microscopic, testing, and application equipment utilized in coatings and polymeric materials science. This equipment is included in our service center and is available for use on a fee basis. A majority of the instrumentation has attachments or modules for advanced measuring techniques. For further information regarding our specific capabilities and/or a price list, please contact Heidi Docktor, Laboratory Manager, at (701) 231-8017 or Heidi.Docktor@ndsu.edu. A printable list of instrumentation can be found here.
Categories of Materials Characterization
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR): Thermo Scientific Nicolet 8700; many tech. avail. please inquire
Ultraviolet-Visible-Near Infrared Spectrometer (UV-VIS-NIR): Varian Cary 5000; specular and diffuse reflectance accessories
Fluorescence Spectrometer: Jobin Yvon Horiba Fluoromax-3
Color Spectrometer: MacBeth Color Eye 7000
Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Electrochemical Noise Monitoring (ENM): Gamry Femtostats and PC4 Potentiostats
Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET): Applicable Electronics, Inc.
Scanning Electrochemical Microscope (SECM): CH Instruments
Xenon Arc: Q-Lab Corporation Q-Sun 1000 chamber (2); Atlas MTS Ci4000 Weather-Ometer
Ultraviolet: Q-Lab Corporation Q-UV SE chamber (2): one UV-A, one UV-B
Salt Spray: Q-Lab Corporation Q-Fog CCT chamber (2): one ASTM B117, one Prohesion®
Contact Angle/Surface Tension Analyzer: First Ten Angstroms: FTÅ 125
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM): Veeco DI-3100 AFM; tapping, contact, nanoindentation, conductive, magnetic; Veeco Nanoscope IIIa MultiMode SPM
Tensile Analysis: Instron 5545 Tensile Tester: 100N load cell, environmental chamber
Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC): Waters Corporation; Modular system with Refractive Index detector
Dynamic Light Scattering - submicron sizing: Particle Sizing Systems Nicomp 380: 3 nm to 5 µm
Single Particle Optical sizing: Particle Sizing Systems SPOS 780: 0.5 µm to 2500 µm
Zeta Potential: Agilent Technologies, Colloidal Dynamics AcoustoSizer IIs
Other Property Techniques
Minimum Film Formation Temperature: Gardco Rhopoint MFFT-90
Hardness: BYK König Pendulum Hardness Tester
Gloss: Gardco Statistical Novogloss Glossmeter
Thermal Analysis techniques (glass transition, crosslink density, etc.), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and many other techniques are available from the Materials Characterization Analysis Lab in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at NDSU. A list of instrumentation can be viewed at the CNSE website. Please contact Heidi Docktor (info above) or Eric Jarabek, MCAL Manager, at (701) 231-5305 or Eric.Jarabek@ndsu.edu, for more information regarding their specific capabilities.