Polymer research

Controlling pore-size in a membrane, optimizing processing conditions of packing materials, determining the orientation of plastics under stress?

Characterization at the nanoscale can help you find answers.

With X-ray scattering in your lab, you can for example:

  • Determine the phase of self-assembled block-copolymers or liquid crystalline polymers
  • Reveal spatially resolved structural variations due to processing such as injection molding
  • Test the tensile properties of plastics or follow the degree of crystallinity during controlled cooling
  • Investigate thickness and morphology of polymer and composite films
  • Characterize the size, shape and distribution of rubber-fillers or polymeric colloids and micelles in dispersion

Using wide-angle X-ray scattering to measure low-level crystallinity

Determination of crystalline fractions in a polyolefin down to 0.3% during a kinetic experiment using integrated temperature control.

With SAXS and WAXS you can study polymer samples in situ

Internal structure, interfaces, effect of stress and strain, temperature or humidity…
What are you looking at?

Some of our customers

using X-ray scattering for their study of polymers

In electron microscopy, you must prepare your sample by slicing and cutting the sample and therefore it gives no chance to study the properties in situ, during for example thermal treatment or mechanical testing . But with SAXS you can do it.”

Prof. Yongfeng Men, CIAC, Chinese Academy of Science


Discover how scientists use Xenocs instruments for their research & publications

Cavitation in Poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) during Tensile Deformation
Chen, R.; Lu, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Men, Y.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B2018
Blocked Shape Memory Effect in Negative Poisson’s Ratio Polymer Metamaterials
Boba, K.; Bianchi, M.; McCombe, G.; Gatt, R.; Griffin, A. C.; Richardson, R. M.; Scarpa, F.; Hamerton, I.; Grima, J. N.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces2016


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Polymer Nanostructure Characterization – Check It In Situ With SAXS

Polymer Nanostructure Characterization – Check It In-Situ With SAXS WAXS. Understand Material Behavior By Measuring In Operando Its Atomic & Nanoscale Order