Testing Capability
Materials & Bioengineering

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Environmental scanning electron microscopy

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LUMiSizer and shelf life measurement

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Zeta potential and particle size

Materials and biomaterials testing and characterization is often required to ensure their performance, compatibility, degradation, active lifetime, and their environmental effects. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) scientists and engineers provide independent testing and characterization of your products with our vast knowledge of materials and advanced instrumentation in-house. We develop custom material testing procedures or can conform to ASTM, ASME, and MIL standards based on your needs. Our quality system complies with ISO 9001, and, if requested, we can conduct the experiments under cGLP, cGMP, and ISO 13485.

  • Rheology
    • Dynamic mechanical analyzer RDA2
    • Fluids spectrometer RFS2
    • Solids analyzer RSA2
  • Thermal Analysis
    • Q600 SDT Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (TA Instruments)
    • Q100 MDSC Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TA Instruments)
  • Spectroscopy
    • UV-Vis-NIR absorption (PerkinElmer)
    • Fluorescence (PerkinElmer)
    • Infrared (ThermoFisher)
    • NMR spectroscopy (400 MHz Varian)
    • Raman spectroscopy
  • Microscopy
    • Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM)
    • Polarized optical microscopes
    • Fluorescence microscope (Nikon TE2000)
  • Particle Size Analysis
    • Malvern and zetapals
    • Centripetal (LUMiSizer)
  • Biocompatibility Testing
    • In vitro cytotoxicity
    • Sterilization effect
    • Degradation and leachables
    • Animal study
    • Clinical study
  • Quality Assurance
    • ISO 9001:2008
    • Medical Device (ISO13485:2003 21 CFR 820.20)
    • cGMP/cGLP

Related Terminology

adaptive materials  •  autonomic materials  •  hybrid materials  •  nanomaterials  •  materials testing  •  materials characterization  •  electrophoretic deposition  •  biomaterial  •  medical device  •  biosensors  •  chlorine dioxide  •  nanoparticles  •  encapsulation  •  drug delivery  •  control release  •  tissue engineering  •  regenerative medicine  •  wound care  •  wound dressing  •  surface coating  •  scaffolds  •  bioreactor  •  perfusion system  •  ISO 13485

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.