Smithers Invests in New GPC Equipment

Smithers Invests in New GPC Equipment

Published: 11/1/2021

Shropshire, UK – Smithers, a leading provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, has invested in an Agilent Technologies 1260 infinity II GPC/SEC System to enhance its materials testing and polymer characterization services.

Smithers’ commitment to offering clients in a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, oil and gas, and medical device industries the best insights, data and customer experience is highlighted by this new investment. Our Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) expert Dr Jason Davies, who provides invaluable data, analytical expertise and technical support said, “This new GPC equipment will allow us to continue and improve on the timely delivery of polymer molecular weight characterization for our clients.”

The new equipment includes a multi-detector suite, which can provide further insights than possible before, including even greater detailed molecular weight data and comparison of long-chain branching structures. In addition, the combination of both DRI and UV-Vis analysis allows for copolymer analysis where only one copolymer component has a chromophore.

GPC, also referred to as Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), is an advanced analytical technique that enables the characterization of polymer molecular weight and branching structure. Polymer molecular weight and structure can be influenced by the rate and degree of polymerization, thus affecting processing behavior and the physical performance of the finished product.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our relationships with clients around the globe and ensure we continue to be best-placed to provide accurate data, on time with high touch.” said Dr Davies.

This investment in Smithers’ polymer testing operations is part of a suite of materials testing and support including:
About Smithers:
Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Smithers is a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. With laboratories and operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, Smithers supports customers in the transportation, life science, packaging, materials, components, consumer, dry commodities, and energy industries. Smithers delivers accurate data, on time, with high touch, by integrating science, technology, and business expertise, so customers can innovate with confidence.

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