Our experts offer elemental characterization which can be tailored to suit your requirements, from a semi-quantitative screen of multiple elements, to targeted analysis of a single element of interest.

Our experts have experience analyzing numerous sample matrixes, not only on polymers and rubbers directly, but also on sample extracts, drug products, and many others. Sample preparation often involves digesting the sample in a mixture of acids, or acidifying a sample solution, as appropriate for the analysis requirements.

Common Applications Include:

  • Extractable and leachable trace elemental analysis for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry
  • Specific migration limits for food packaging articles
  • Total cadmium in plastics (BS EN 1122, method A)
  • Heavy metal analysis in toys (BS EN 71-3)
  • Total sulfur content in rubber

Common techniques and testing standards include:

  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) 
  • inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)
  • Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (MPAES)

Get in touch with our polymer experts who will be happy to help with elemental characterization and broader polymer chemical characterization to help fully understand your plastic and rubber materials.

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