Bio-polymers & Bio-based Plastics
Characterisation and Property Measurements
With increasing requirements to use products produced from sustainable sources, a number of polymers derived from renewable materials and substances are being substituted for polymers made from petrochemical feedstocks. Additionally, monomers derived from biological materials are being incorporated into polymers or other resin materials.
Examples include PHAs (PHBs and PHBVs), PLAs, PGAs, PLGAs, PEF and PCL, and also the more established cellulose- and starch-derived polymers. Further variants are under development. Novel epoxy resins are also being identified, using epoxides derived from natural sources. Applications include sutures, scaffolds for tissue replacement, media for drug delivery, packaging and others.
Whether being used as bulk polymers, films, fibres or nanomaterials, Intertek MSG is experienced and well-placed to assist product developers characterise their polymers chemically and physically, and to measure key processing parameters such as viscosity and rheological properties as well as vital thermal and mechanical properties. With NMR spectrometry, GPC, MALDI Tof mass spectrometry (and GPC-NMR for suitable materials), chemical characterisation is readily achieved through our suite of techniques. Long-term testing for creep and fatigue complements the wide range of mechanical measurements possible at Intertek MSG.
Intertek MSG is also well acquainted with the regulatory requirements for packaging and medical device applications, and offers support on consultancy and advice as well as regulatory testing. It is also well connected to the worldwide network of Intertek laboratories.
Advice is available, so make the call +44 (0) 1642 435788 or email MSGenquiry@intertek.com