Analytical Instrumentation

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

Chunju Gu, Laboratory Manager
(701) 231-8017

A printable list of instrumentation can be found here.


Categories of Materials Characterization




  • 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


Accelerated Weathering

  • 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®


Surface Characterization




Chromatographic/Separation Analysis Methods


Other Property Techniques
Minimum Film Formation Temperature: Gardco Rhopoint MFFT-90
Hardness: BYK König Pendulum Hardness Tester                                                                                                                                    Gloss: Gardco Statistical Novogloss Glossmeter                                                                                                                                      Abrasion Resistance: Taber Rotary Abrazer 5155

Thermal Analysis methods (differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Scanning Electron Microscopes, Transmission Electron Microscopes, and many other techniques are available from the Research Operations Recharge Center and Electron Microscopy Center at NDSU. A list of instrumentation can be viewed at the here.

Please contact Chunju Gu at (701) 231-8017 or Greg Strommen at (701) 231-5339, or Scott Payne at (701) 231- 8435 for more information regarding their specific capabilities. 


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