A polymer laboratory is a laboratory that specializes in the study and development of polymeric materials. These labs typically have a wide range of equipment and resources for conducting research on polymers, including instruments for synthesizing, analyzing, and characterizing polymers, as well as facilities for testing their mechanical and physical properties.
In a polymer lab, common techniques and equipment include polymer synthesis (such as bulk polymerization, solution polymerization, emulsion polymerization and so on), polymer characterization (such as viscosity measurements, Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) etc), as well as testing equipment for mechanical properties, thermal properties, and morphological properties.
The research conducted in polymer labs can cover wide range of application such as in biomedical, electronics, energy, materials and many more. Many polymer labs are affiliated with universities or research institutions, but some are also found in industry settings, where they may be focused on the development of new polymer products or the optimization of existing ones.