Polymers

Creating new polymers for everyday items

The development and formulation of new polymeric materials continues to be one of most important fields in material science research. From developing self-healing polymers, to improving food packaging, biomaterials and lightweight automotive components, researchers are constantly exploring novel mixtures, compounds, structures and processing methods to find stronger, cheaper and sustainable materials built from macromolecules.

An essential tool in polymer formulation is the benchtop twin-screw extruder, which can be used for experimentation and test batches, short-run production and continuous processing. Rheometry provides feedback in regards to shear, time and temperature. The torque rheometer combines rheological information with mixing and extrusion techniques.

Spectroscopy provides critical information about molecular bonds, chemical identification and defects. Raman spectroscopy is capable of probing layered materials non-destructively, while infrared microscopy identifies inclusions and material defects. X-ray fluorescence screens for trace elements, antioxidants, pigments and catalytic agents. X-ray diffraction provides important solid-state structural information such as the degree of crystallinity. From a variety of resources, learning centers, and product information, learn about the many methods we use to analyze polymers for different applications.

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Identify, quantify, and deformulate your polymer constituents more easily and efficiently using our industry-leading technology. Speed your polymer analysis and get the answers you need to make critical decisions for QA/QC verification, troubleshooting, deformulation studies, reverse engineering, and product development.

The MARS rheometer platform can be used to study the life cycle of a polymer—from its development in the R&D lab to the pilot plant and small scale production. Small sample volumes can be mixed with the  HAAKE MiniLab Compounder, and for further rheological testing, test specimens can be produced with the HAAKE MiniJetPro Injection Molding System.

With the HAAKE MARS Rheometers, the viscoelastic properties of polymer melts and solutions as well as of solid specimens can be tested in shear, oscillation, and elongation mode as a function of stress or strain, frequency, time, or temperature.  Rheometry is a macroscopic measuring method that provides information on the behavior of a sample under specified conditions. The mechanical properties of a material depend on its structure at the microscopic level. In order to determine the reasons for the rheological properties, rheological measurements can be combined with tests on the microscopic level, using FTIR or microscopy, for example.

This flexible measuring mixer and extruder system provides comprehensive material characterization during the development of innovative polymer products. The modular torque rheometer can be connected to an interchangeable mixer, single-screw extruder, or conical and parallel twin-screw extruder. Combining proven technology, state-of-the-art hardware and software with an easy-to-use interface, the PolyLab OS is ideal for QC and R&D needs.

Our suite of conical micro twin-screw compounders are well-suited for R&D of polymers. All models use as little as five grams or seven milliliters of material for compounding—ideal if you compound expensive materials or work on a small-scale. Couple the micro-compounder with our mini-injection molder, HAAKE MiniJet PRO, as an extended workflow solution. Easily produce various test specimens from the compounded material in the HAAKE MiniJet, for further testing on our HAAKE MARS rheometers.

When compounding expensive or small-scale materials such as engineered polymers, the HAAKE MiniCTW micro-conical twin-screw compounder offers a fast, dependable, cost-efficient method to obtain tangible results. Quick and early assessment of a new material is key. Ideal for industrial R&D, the HAAKE MiniCTW allows researchers to extrude as little as 5 grams of material, helping to accelerate product development.

Wherever you are in the product cycle—research, development, production, quality control—our wide range of versatile twin-screw extruders offer customizable options for mixing, compounding, and processing viscous polymer materials.  With adaptability in mind, we created our parallel, co-rotating twin-screw extruders with flexibility and modularity, so you can modify the extruder to meet your needs now and in the future. For easy accessibility, a horizontally split, hinged barrel lets you take a closer look at the material during the extrusion procedure. To optimize the process or change the application, you can quickly convert the screw and barrels—reducing both time and expense.  

Choose the extruder for the amount of material you need: 11mm, 16 mm, or 24 mm. Designed for easy scale up, the extruder allows you to develop a new process on an 11 mm extruder and easily transfer it to a 24mm machine if more material is needed.


Polymer analysis resources

Technique Asset Type Asset Title
FTIR Application Note Time-Based FTIR Analysis of Curing of Polyurethanes
FTIR Presentation Polymer Analysis from Raw Material to Formulation Using FTIR, NIR and Raman
FTIR Presentation FTIR Microscopy with Image-Guided Analysis: Polymer Applications
FTIR Webinar FTIR Polymer Analysis – from Raw Material to Formulation
FTIR Webinar Pushing Polymer Pellets — At-line FTIR Polymer Analysis
FTIR Webinar Exploring Polymer Product Characteristics with Image-Guided Infrared Microscopy
FTIR Webinar Peeling Back the Layers – Characterizing Multi-layer Structures using FTIR and Raman Microscopy
FTIR, NIR Application Note Determination of Plasticizer Content in PVC by FT-NIR
FTIR, NIR, Raman Video Polymer Analysis with FTIR Spectroscopy
FTIR, NIR, Raman Webinar Polymer Composition Analysis: Exploring with FTIR and Other Spectroscopy Methods
FTIR, Raman Application Note Analysis of Multi-Component Polymer Materials
FTIR, Raman Application Note Characterization of Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging by Molecular Spectroscopy
FTIR, Raman Application Note Complementary Use of Raman and FTIR Imaging for the Analysis of Multi-Layer Polymer Composites
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Detailed Analysis of Curing Reactions of Polyurethane Resins Using the Rheonaut technology for Simultaneous Rheometry and FTIR
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Polymer Crystallization with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
FTIR, Rheology Webinar Rheometry, FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits, Applications in Polymer Research
FTIR, TGA Webinar Breaking it Down – Polymer Deformulation using FTIR Coupled to TGA
Raman Application Note Observing Molecular Orientation in Isotactic Polypropylene Films with Polarized Raman Spectroscopy
Raman Application Note Classification of Polyethylene by Raman Spectroscopy
Raman Application Note Confocal Raman Microscopy Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films
Raman Video Multilayer Polymer Analysis with Raman Imaging
Raman Webinar Your Next Packaging Analysis Tool - Raman Microscopy
Raman Webinar Into the Depths - Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films by Confocal Raman Microscopy
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Emulsion Stability with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Raman, Rheology Application Note Simultaneous Rheology and Raman Spectroscopy During the Melting and Recrystallization of Polypropylene
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Molecular Structures as a Function of Deformation and Temperature
Raman, Rheology Webinar Monitor Polymer Transitions with a RheoRaman System
Raman, Rheology Webinar Benefits of combining Rheometry with Raman Spectroscopy for Material Science
XPS Application Note Analyzing Contact Lens Samples with XPS
XPS Webinar Characterizing Polymers with XPS
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
XRF Application Note Analysis of Polymer for Environmental Regulations
XRF Application Note Analysis of Traces in Polymers
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Testing the Flow Behavior of Ceramic Injection Molding Compounds
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Correlation Between Mixer Tests and the Extrusion Behaviour of PVC Dry Blends
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Investigation of the Flow Characteristics of PET at Different Temperatures
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Flow and Curing Behaviour of XLPE
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Examining the Influence of Stabilizers on the Flow Characteristics of Polyamide
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Making and Analyzing Polymer Nanocomposites
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Degradation Tests a New Test Procedure to Examine Polymers and Antioxidants
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Filter Pressure Value Test (FPV test) - A New Standard to Examine Master Batches, White and Carbon Black Colorants
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Examining the Fusion and Degradation Behavior of PVC Dry Blends
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Compounding of Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Suspensions with Polypropylene
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note The Influence of Carbon Black Filler on a SAN Masterbatch
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Measuring Comparative Electrical Conductivity After Mixing Polyethylene Pellets with Carbon Black
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Evaluating the Plasticization Process of Different Soft PVC Samples
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Mixer Tests on MIM feedstock
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Viscosity Measurement of LDPE Samples with the Same MFR Value
Compounding & Extrusion Webinar Twin-Screw Compounding – Introduction and Scale-Up
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma – An Introduction
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Mixer Test – A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing
Compounding & Extrusion Webinar Twin-Screw Compounding: Processing Polymers in Materials Science
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
Rheology Application Note Pigment Differentiation in Masterbatches
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Viscosity Measurement of LDPE Samples with the Same MFR Value
Compounding, Extrusion Application Note Making and Analyzing Polymer Nanocomposites
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Mixer Tests on MIM feedstock
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Detailed Analysis of Curing Reactions of Polyurethane Resins Using the Rheonaut technology for Simultaneous Rheometry and FTIR
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Polymer Crystallization with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Rheology Application Note Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA) on Polymer Composites
Rheology Application Note Characterizing Long-chain Branching in Polyethylene
Rheology Application Note Characterization of PVC Compounds
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Evaluating the Plasticization Process of Different Soft PVC Samples
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Emulsion Stability with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Raman, Rheology Application Note Simultaneous Rheology and Raman Spectroscopy During the Melting and Recrystallization of Polypropylene
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Molecular Structures as a Function of Deformation and Temperature
Rheology Application Compendium HAAKE MARS Rheometers for Polymer Analysis
Rheology Presentation Avoiding Instabilities- Influence of Minor Changes in Branched Architecture on the Extensional Behavior of Rubber Compounds
Rheology Presentation Rheology for Metal Injection Molding & Powder Injection Molding
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma – An Introduction
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Mixer Test – A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing
FTIR Webinar Pushing Polymer Pellets — At-line FTIR Polymer Analysis
Raman Webinar Your Next Packaging Analysis Tool - Raman Microscopy
Raman Webinar Into the Depths - Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films by Confocal Raman Microscopy
FTIR, Rheology Webinar Rheometry, FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits, Applications in Polymer Research
Raman, Rheology Webinar Monitor Polymer Transitions with a RheoRaman System
Raman, Rheology Webinar Benefits of combining Rheometry with Raman Spectroscopy for Material Science
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
FTIR Application Note Time-Based FTIR Analysis of Curing of Polyurethanes
FTIR Presentation Polymer Analysis from Raw Material to Formulation Using FTIR, NIR and Raman
FTIR Presentation FTIR Microscopy with Image-Guided Analysis: Polymer Applications
FTIR Webinar FTIR Polymer Analysis – from Raw Material to Formulation
FTIR Webinar Pushing Polymer Pellets — At-line FTIR Polymer Analysis
FTIR Webinar Exploring Polymer Product Characteristics with Image-Guided Infrared Microscopy
FTIR Webinar Peeling Back the Layers – Characterizing Multi-layer Structures using FTIR and Raman Microscopy
FTIR, NIR Application Note Determination of Plasticizer Content in PVC by FT-NIR
FTIR, NIR, Raman Video Polymer Analysis with FTIR Spectroscopy
FTIR, NIR, Raman Webinar Polymer Composition Analysis: Exploring with FTIR and Other Spectroscopy Methods
FTIR, Raman Application Note Analysis of Multi-Component Polymer Materials
FTIR, Raman Application Note Characterization of Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging by Molecular Spectroscopy
FTIR, Raman Application Note Complementary Use of Raman and FTIR Imaging for the Analysis of Multi-Layer Polymer Composites
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Detailed Analysis of Curing Reactions of Polyurethane Resins Using the Rheonaut technology for Simultaneous Rheometry and FTIR
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Polymer Crystallization with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
FTIR, Rheology Webinar Rheometry, FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits, Applications in Polymer Research
FTIR, TGA Webinar Breaking it Down – Polymer Deformulation using FTIR Coupled to TGA
Raman Application Note Observing Molecular Orientation in Isotactic Polypropylene Films with Polarized Raman Spectroscopy
Raman Application Note Classification of Polyethylene by Raman Spectroscopy
Raman Application Note Confocal Raman Microscopy Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films
Raman Video Multilayer Polymer Analysis with Raman Imaging
Raman Webinar Your Next Packaging Analysis Tool - Raman Microscopy
Raman Webinar Into the Depths - Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films by Confocal Raman Microscopy
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Emulsion Stability with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Raman, Rheology Application Note Simultaneous Rheology and Raman Spectroscopy During the Melting and Recrystallization of Polypropylene
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Molecular Structures as a Function of Deformation and Temperature
Raman, Rheology Webinar Monitor Polymer Transitions with a RheoRaman System
Raman, Rheology Webinar Benefits of combining Rheometry with Raman Spectroscopy for Material Science
XPS Application Note Analyzing Contact Lens Samples with XPS
XPS Webinar Characterizing Polymers with XPS
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
XRF Application Note Analysis of Polymer for Environmental Regulations
XRF Application Note Analysis of Traces in Polymers
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Testing the Flow Behavior of Ceramic Injection Molding Compounds
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Correlation Between Mixer Tests and the Extrusion Behaviour of PVC Dry Blends
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Investigation of the Flow Characteristics of PET at Different Temperatures
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Flow and Curing Behaviour of XLPE
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Examining the Influence of Stabilizers on the Flow Characteristics of Polyamide
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Making and Analyzing Polymer Nanocomposites
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Degradation Tests a New Test Procedure to Examine Polymers and Antioxidants
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Filter Pressure Value Test (FPV test) - A New Standard to Examine Master Batches, White and Carbon Black Colorants
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Examining the Fusion and Degradation Behavior of PVC Dry Blends
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Compounding of Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Suspensions with Polypropylene
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note The Influence of Carbon Black Filler on a SAN Masterbatch
Compounding & Extrusion Application Note Measuring Comparative Electrical Conductivity After Mixing Polyethylene Pellets with Carbon Black
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Evaluating the Plasticization Process of Different Soft PVC Samples
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Mixer Tests on MIM feedstock
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Viscosity Measurement of LDPE Samples with the Same MFR Value
Compounding & Extrusion Webinar Twin-Screw Compounding – Introduction and Scale-Up
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma – An Introduction
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Mixer Test – A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing
Compounding & Extrusion Webinar Twin-Screw Compounding: Processing Polymers in Materials Science
Technique Asset Type Asset Title
Rheology Application Note Pigment Differentiation in Masterbatches
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Viscosity Measurement of LDPE Samples with the Same MFR Value
Compounding, Extrusion Application Note Making and Analyzing Polymer Nanocomposites
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Mixer Tests on MIM feedstock
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Detailed Analysis of Curing Reactions of Polyurethane Resins Using the Rheonaut technology for Simultaneous Rheometry and FTIR
FTIR, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Polymer Crystallization with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Rheology Application Note Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA) on Polymer Composites
Rheology Application Note Characterizing Long-chain Branching in Polyethylene
Rheology Application Note Characterization of PVC Compounds
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Application Note Evaluating the Plasticization Process of Different Soft PVC Samples
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Emulsion Stability with the Combination of a Rheometer and a Raman Microscope
Raman, Rheology Application Note Simultaneous Rheology and Raman Spectroscopy During the Melting and Recrystallization of Polypropylene
Raman, Rheology Application Note Rheology-Raman Spectroscopy: Tracking Molecular Structures as a Function of Deformation and Temperature
Rheology Application Compendium HAAKE MARS Rheometers for Polymer Analysis
Rheology Presentation Avoiding Instabilities- Influence of Minor Changes in Branched Architecture on the Extensional Behavior of Rubber Compounds
Rheology Presentation Rheology for Metal Injection Molding & Powder Injection Molding
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma – An Introduction
Compounding & Extrusion, Rheology Webinar Mixer Test – A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing
FTIR Webinar Pushing Polymer Pellets — At-line FTIR Polymer Analysis
Raman Webinar Your Next Packaging Analysis Tool - Raman Microscopy
Raman Webinar Into the Depths - Analysis of Multilayer Polymer Films by Confocal Raman Microscopy
FTIR, Rheology Webinar Rheometry, FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits, Applications in Polymer Research
Raman, Rheology Webinar Monitor Polymer Transitions with a RheoRaman System
Raman, Rheology Webinar Benefits of combining Rheometry with Raman Spectroscopy for Material Science
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Simultaneous Rheology and Raman Spectroscopy for Characterization of Semi-crystalline Polymers in Additive Manufacturing