Rutgers University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering maintains a full range of well-equipped interdisciplinary laboratories and associated facilities. Of these, six major laboratories are designated for the exclusive use of the AMIPP Center and focus on the formulation, compounding, processing and characterization of immiscible polymer blends. Fully equipped conference and meeting rooms are available for AMIPP Center investigators to hold research meetings and to confer with partners and stakeholders at periodic gatherings. In addition to these Rutgers University facilities, the AMIPP Center Partners have considerable complimentary laboratory facilities as described in the “Other” section below.


Laboratory facilities – Rutgers University

  1. TA Instruments AR-2000 Rheometer
  2. Capillary Rheometer
Processing and Forming
  1. Randcastle compounding extruder
  2. Inovent biaxial stretching machine with simultaneous and sequential x-y capability
  3. Negri Bossi 50 tonne Injection Molder
  4. Laboratory Extruders/Torque Rheometer - Brabender Intelli-torque system
  5. Single screw extruder with rod, tube, sheet, fiber, and blown film capability
  6. Carver Uniaxial Press with heated platens for compression molding
  7. Peltsman Injection Molder
  8. Welding Engineers Twin Screw Extruder
Mechanical Properties
  1. MTS Model 810, Servo-hydraulic 55 Kips
  2. Instron 4505 Universal Test Machine
  3. Instron Electro Mechanical Testing Machine 22KIP 1361
  4. Instron Servo hydraulic Testing Machine
  5. MTS Continuous-Feed High Temperature Testing Machine
  6. MTS QTest/25 Universal test apparatus
  7. ATS High Temperature Creep (bending and compression)
Thermal Measurements
  1. DSC - TA Instruments Q-1000
  2. Orton Auto Recording Dilatometer
  3. Gaertner Interferometer
  4. Netzche 1600 C Dilatometer
  5. Perkin Elmer 1600 C DTA
  6. Simultaneous DTA, TGA
  7. Thermal Diffusivity Measurement Laser Flash, 20 to 1500°C
Chemical Characterization Elemental Analysis:
  1. Perkin Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  2. Perkin Elmer Inductively Coupled Plasma 6500 Spectrometer
  3. Laser-Raman
  4. UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  5. Perkin Elmer Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
  6. X-Ray Fluorescence
  7. EDAX EDS Elemental Analysis 9020 and 711
Scanning Electron Microscopes:
  1. LEO FESEM with fully digital image collection, transfer and analysis.
  2. AMRAY 1400 with computer graphics, resolution to 30A
  3. PGT IMIX Energy Dispersive Spectrometer and Image Analyzer with direct and video acquisition capability
  4. 2 ETEC Autoscan with EDAX and Multichannel Analyzer, resolution to 100A
Transmission Electron Microscopes:
  1. 40. ISI ABT -002B TEM with p-p resolution 1.8 A and Analytical Capability
  2. IPGT IMIX Energy Dispersive Spectrometer and Image Analyzer with direct and video acquisition capability
  3. Gatan Model 666, Parallel Detection Electron Energy Loss Spectrometer
  4. Gatan Model 690 Wide Angle Slow Scan, PEELS Compatible Camera
X-Ray Diffractometers:
  1. Siemens D500 Theta-Theta with high temperature furnace capability to 26000C and position sensitive detector
  2. Siemens D500 Digital micro V AX with Pattern Analyzer & Data File
  3. Siemens D500 with thin film attachment and incident beam monochromator, Cu O-Cr Target
  4. Philips Norelco Generator with Transmission Guinier-deWolff camera and rotation camera, CU Target
  5. Siemens D-5000 generator with forward and backward reflection Laue camera, Cu Target
  6. JCPDS CD ROM X-ray powder data file Philips Norelco Type 12215 Cu Target
  7. Philips Canberra, Type 12845, Cu Target Philips Metalix, Type 12049, Co Target


Polywood, Inc.
  1. Two 6- inch, continuous extrusion lines
  2. Three batch extrusion lines
  3. Automatic blending silos
  4. Machine shop facilities
  5. Melt Flow Analyzer
Plastic Lumber Trade Association [PLTA]

Multiple extrusion, molding and fabrication facilities made available via member companies

US Army Corp or Engineers Research Laboratory

The Army’s structural laboratory in Illinois contains a variety of specialized equipment for measuring the mechanical properties of large structural beams and specialty shapes typically used in Corp of Engineer projects. These facilities, which traditionally are used to evaluate wood, concrete, steel, aluminum and similar materials, are used to compare the properties and behavior of new AMIPP-developed plastic structural materials to established standards prior to field implementation and construction.