Technip Zimmer Research Center

The Technip Zimmer Research Center is located in the East of Frankfurt about a five-minute walk from the Technip Zimmer office. The historical roots of this lab date back more than 60 years developing leading polymer technologies (e.g. PA6, PET, PBT and PTT).

Within the lab and pilot plant facilities, experiments are run to generate the critical design data to cost effectively scale up the process to commercial conditions. Materials produced are evaluated by Technip Zimmer’s advanced analytical results to check the viability of the process for commercialisation.

Range of services

  • Conceptual process design
  • Design of experiments
  • Technical and economic evaluation
  • Kinetics study and reactor design
  • Unit operations
  • Process modelling
  • Bench-scale and pilot-plant programs

Analytical Laboratories

Our modern analytical laboratories are equipped with versatile facilities covering a range of analytical techniques. Our methods comprise a large number of well-proven internal standard methods as well as international standards such as ISO, DIN, EN, and ASTM.

As a part of Technip Zimmer® quality management system we are working according to the DIN/ISO 9001 standard.

Chromatography

For the analysis of the composition of polymers or solutions, samples must be separated into various components. Chromatography offers several versatile tools for this task.

If polymers are to be analyzed, a splitting of the macromolecule into the constituents is necessary before further analysis.

For the separation of complex mixtures, various methods of chromatography are in use. Gas chromatography (GC) is suitable for separation and analysis of volatile substances either in liquid samples or in solid samples using the headspace technique for gas phase analysis, which is most suited to analyse the monomers in the polymers.

Coupling the gas chromatography to a mass-spectrometric detectors further enables to identify unknown components.

 

For less volatile samples High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is the method of choice. It is particularly useful for the analysis of oligomers and extraction products.

Gaschromatograph for analysis

Determination of Molecular Weights and Molecular Weight Distribution can be achieved by Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) which is a specific technique of Liquid Chromatography.

 

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Methods of chemical analysis are extremely useful for absolute determination of end groups and functional groups of monomers and polymers. They can be assayed by visual, photometric or potentiometric titration methods. For analysis of specific substances, coulometer or polarography are valuable techniques used in our laboratories.

SPECTROSCOPY

Spectroscopy offers a variety of versatile methods for the determination of trace amounts of organic and inorganic matter in a product. Using photometric (UV/VIS-spectrometry). NIR spectrometry can help identify organic substances.

 

PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Different methods of physical-chemical analysis are in use for determination of material characteristics. Thermal properties like temperatures of glass transition, crystallization or melting point are routinely determined by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Other physical parameters such as density and electric conductivity can be determined as well.