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We provides polymer analysis for many industries, in fact, the use of polymer or plastic is so pervasive that nearly all industries have a need for testing

What are Polymers?

Polymers are large molecules comprised of many repeating units.  These units are  joined together to form really long chains.  Polymers can be natural, for example cellulose,  starch, and nucleic acids.  Polymers can also be synthetic, such as Nylon, Polystyrene, and Polyethylene.  At SGS Polymer Solutions we have decades of experience in the field of polymer analysis coupled with strong educational backgrounds.


With polymer analysis, a variety of techniques can be used to identify and examine the foundations of your polymer, these can include:

Chromatography analysis separates mixtures into individual components, for example, polymer, plastic and additives.

Spectroscopic methods answer the question, “what is it?

Microscopy methods provide information about polymer size, shape, and structure of materials and surface topography information.

Physical Testing methods provide performance information for samples under specified test conditions.  For example, “how strong is it?”

Wet Chemistry covers a large variety of testing techniques.  Wet chemistry methods are often a necessary part of a more complex polymer test plan.

Thermal Analysis methods determine physical properties as a function of time, or frequency, and temperature in a controlled atmosphere. For example, “what is the melting point?”

Titrations are quantitative chemical analysis for a particular analyte. For example, “how many acid groups are present?”  We can perform Potentiometric Titrations, Halide Testing, and Karl Fischer Titrations.

Polymer Applications

  • Polymer Characterization
  • Residual Monomer Testing
  • Deformulation & Competitor Product Analysis
  • Imported Goods Testing
  • Molecular Weight Analysis
  • Medical Product Testing
  • Material Selection
  • Extractables & Leachables Testing
  • Material Certification & Qualification
  • Quality Control & Assurance
  • Phthalates Analysis
  • Depth Profiling & Surface Analysis
  • Polymer Structure Analysis
  • Stress Testing
  • Additives Analysis
  • Aging & Chemical Resistance Testing
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Release Testing
  • Lot Release Testing
Plastic polymer granolas in sample flasks.


Medical devices and medical products:  Packaging, tubing, drug delivery systems, bioreabsorbable scaffolds, stents, catheters.

Pharmaceutical products Drugs, excipient testing, raw material testing, drug eluting stents, and combination device testing.

Industrial products:  Film, fiber, o-rings, adhesives, coatings, circuit boards, and tires of all sizes and shapes.

Aerospace & Defense:  Tear gas, body armor, bullets, explosives, laminates, propellants, and epoxy resins.

Consumer Products:  Mascara, mattress foam, microwaveable food packaging, carpet, women’s lingerie, tanning lotion, and tortillas.

Material Suppliers:  Resins used in a variety of products, polymer plastic pellets.

Contact an expert to discuss sample considerations specific to your testing needs.