Polymer Analysis Podcast with Arkema, Inc.

Listen to how Arkema Inc. optimizes polymer analysis in this podcast

Arkema Inc., aside from being a valued customer, is a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company. In this podcast, three Arkema researchers share and discuss how they utilize various analytical techniques to triage polymer samples, advance polymer characteristics, and gain a holistic view of crystallinity and polymorphism. They explain how these techniques are used, when they are used, what characteristics impact technique selection, and how they correlate data between the techniques.

Speakers:

Dr. Garcia has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and worked at Arkema for over 34 years in the vibrational spectroscopy section, encompassing IR, NIR, Raman while also collaborating with the rheology section.

Dr. Ricou is a research scientist for the X-ray and ICP-MS lab areas, including XRD, elemental analysis and more. Dr. Ricou has been at Arkema for over 20 years and has a background in materials science and physical chemistry.

Dr. Reynaud has a Ph.D. in materials science and has been a research scientist at Arkema in the polymer characterization group for over eight years, Dr. Reynaud specializes in rheology and processing. 

Topics covered:

  • Using IR, NIR and Raman to triage polymers samples to identify and characterize samples for development targets
  • Differences and advantages of 3 X-Ray techniques, XRD, XRF and XPS and when to use them for polymer analysis
  • How crystallinity/polymorphism influence polymer characteristic development, what techniques they use and how to correlate data across techniques
  • The advantages of rheology as a dynamic vs static material science technique and how it’s used with spectroscopy (IR, Raman and X-Ray) to provide a holistic understanding of crystallinity

Timeline:

0:00 - Introduction

6:19 - How Arkema uses IR, NIR and Raman to triage polymers samples to identify and characterize samples for development targets

21:28 - The differences and advantages of 3 X-Ray techniques, XRD, XRF and XPS and when to use them for polymer analysis

32:05 - How crystallinity/polymorphism influence polymer characteristic development, what techniques they use and how to correlate data across techniques

42:07 - The advantages of rheology as a dynamic vs static material science technique and how it’s used with spectroscopy (IR, Raman and X-Ray) to provide a holistic understanding of crystallinity.

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