FT-NIR: A Versatile Method for Polymer Processing
Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a technique that has been used widely in the polymer industry. Compared to traditional methods such as wet chemistry and chromatographic methods, NIR spectroscopy provides considerable advantages in process and quality control applications through fundamental benefits such as:
- No costly consumables such as solvents, columns, reagents
- Real-time analysis; generally less than 10 seconds measurement time
- Multiple components per analysis
- Elimination of sample preparation time
- Elimination of many sources of systematic error
This on-demand webinar will explore three FT-NIR polymer applications:
- At-line polyether polyols’ hydroxyl value analysis
- Real-time isocyanate number monitoring during a polyurethane reaction
- Off-line quality control of percentage styrene in styrene copolymers
Webinar recorded July 20, 2017
Richard Jackson, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder, Galaxy Scientific
Richard Jackson got his Ph.D. in the Dept. of Physics at the University of Leeds in England in the field of Raman spectroscopy of polymers. After completing his Ph.D. he moved to the USA to assume postdoctoral positions at the University of California at Riverside and at the University of Idaho. After completing his postdoctoral studies, he took positions at Mattson Instruments and Bruker Instruments. In 2011, Dr. Jackson co-founded Galaxy Scientific Inc., a manufacturer of Fourier transform spectrometers, where he currently holds the position of CEO.