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Thermal Analysis

The thermodynamic and relaxational behavior of molecular and polymeric systems is fundamentally important to the development of new materials or to the implementation of existing systems for new applications.  Two powerful and complementary tools in the arsenal of techniques employed by material chemists for investigating the thermophysical behavior of materials are modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) and dielectrometry.  Determination of the reversible and irreversible contributions of thermodynamic phase transitions in soft matter, the optimization of thermal cure profiles of reactive resins, and the ionic conduction and molecular relaxation of ceramic and polymeric solids electrolytes are but a few of the materials development applications for which these techniques play an essential role at SwRI.

For further information, contact: Michael A. Miller.

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April 15, 2014