Amid stiff competition, manufacturers that rely on advanced materials and chemical processes face growing pressure to produce high quality, differentiated products while simultaneously controlling costs.
To create new growth paths and remain relevant to fast-changing market needs, manufacturers today are looking to Waters’ deep portfolio of analytical and separation technologies for practical solutions to enhance quality and differentiate products. There are six common fabrication challenges manufacturers face in the region, including: R&D of dye-sensitized cells; R&D of liquid crystal materials and process control; analysis for electroluminescent materials; profiling and identification of impurities as well as verification of synthesis in organic synthetic chemistry; solutions for lithium-ion batteries, and enhancing the competitiveness of organic electroluminescent material products. We think you will find these practical application discussions useful in managing the chemical and materials science industries’ increasing complexity.
In order to relate polymer properties to end-use properties, various tests are performed at development to manufacturing stage, such as physical property and thermal analyses, molecular weight distribution and additive analyses using separation techniques. In general, each analysis requires each dedicated system. Especially in analysis based on chromatography, not only the system but also suitable sample preparation is required for each analysis.
In order to improve the chemical and physical performance of synthetic polymer materials, various parameters must be control ed and monitored as 1) directing the molecular weight distribution of polymers, 2) types and blend ratios of additives, and 3) types and blend ratios of polymers in a “polymer blend” consisting of more than two types of polymers are performed.
Along with the increasing demand for functional materials, companies are obliged to develop and provide safe products that take into account human and environmental impacts and regulations. PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid) and related substances are also regulated compounds and will be restricted by the REACH regulations of the European Union from July 4, 2020.
To maintain profitability in the specialized materials market, its necessary to develop polymer materials with specialized functions and launch them promptly. For comprehending the performance as a functional polymer material, it is indispensable to analyze with complementary & diverse analytical techniques.
Increasing yields and reducing defective products benefits both profitability and brand reputation. For this reason, it is indispensable to analyze, recognize and control the factors that become critical in the development and manufacturing stage. To achieve the highest quality of product greater demands are made on the analytical techniques used, with more complex questions asked and greater sensitivity required.
Analysis and management of impurities in raw materials, intermediates and final products are an important aspect in managing the characteristics of products, in the chemical industry, specifically the presence of trace amounts of impurities, e.g., organic molecules, can greatly affect product properties, safety and performance.
Polymeric substances are mixtures of molecules with a distribution of molecular weights, and in polymeric materials, this mixture has been developed and used with this distribution present. For this reason characterization of molecular weight distribution is an essential solution to improve material quality standards and speed up product innovation.
The solar cell market grew to more than USD 35 billion worldwide in 2015 and is forecast to see a CAGR of over 12.0% from 2016 to 2024, according to research from Global Market Insights.