Thames-Rawlins Research Group Equipment & Instrumentation List


The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is housed in a 100,000 square foot research facility with comprehensive polymer synthesis, analysis, characterization and processing capabilities.  Available equipment and facilities include:


  • Mocon Ox-Tran Model 2/21 Oxygen Permeability
  • Mocon Aromotron Solvent Vapor Transport Unit
  • Mocon Permatran-W 3/31 Water Vapor Permeability
  • Mocon Permatran-W 3/33 Water Vapor Permeability


  • Varian 500 MS System
    • LC/MS/MS and MSn capability
    • Electrospray ionization detector (ESI)
    • Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization detector (APCI)
    • Prostar 420 Autosampler
  • Polymer Laboratories PL-GPC50 Plus High Resolution, Integrated GPC System
    • PL-AS RT autosampler      
    • RI Detector
    • PL-BV 400RT viscometer
    • PL-LS 45o/90o dual angle laser light scattering detector
    • Variable wavelength UV detector
  • Polymer Laboratories PL-ELS 1000 evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD)
    • Waters 2414 refractive index detector
    • Waters 1525 binary HPLC pump
    • Waters 515 HPLC pump
    • Waters Millennium32 software
  • Waters 510 pump, 440 UV, R401RI analytical HPLC system
  • Waters 2690 HPLC/GPC analysis system
  • Spectra/Chrome preparative LC
  • Dual GPC size exclusion systems
    • Aqueous Ultrahydrogel columns
    • THF 3 PL-gel columns
    • Polymer Labs Caliber 5.1 software
  • Hewlett Packard capillary HPLC
    • 1050 pump, 1047A RI, 3396 integrator, cyano capillary column
  • Spectra Physics System reverse phase HPLC
  • Hewlett Packard 6890 GC
    • MSD 6890 Mass Selective Detector
    • 6890 auto sampler
    • Windows NT operating system with enhanced chemstation software
  • Thermo Finnigan Trace 2000 GC with auto sampler
      • Flame ionization detector and flame photometric detector
      • Fully automated data acquisition and analysis
      • Chromquest software
  • Pervaporation unit, liquid separations using films
  • Linde Gas Permeation device


  • American Autoclave – custom built autoclave 4’ x 2’
  • Heatcon debulking vacuum table 4’ x 4’
  • Century Design CD-1510 12” wide lab scale drum Winder
  • Trilion Optical Test Systems ARAMIS 3D HR, 3D image correlation system for strain mapping of composite failure events
  • Gnomix PVT High Pressure Dilatometer for analysis of composite properties associated with the coefficient of volume thermal expansion and shrinkage upon curing
  • Mitsubishi Suprema DX1200 Waterjet CAD cutting system
  • WAECO 12" (30.4 cm) HMUD Prepreg Machine, designed to impregnate unidirectional fibers with hot melt resins, through a combination of consolidation and compaction at elevated processing temperatures
  • Litz CV1000 (40”x22”23.6”) CNC Vertical Machining Center with all standard accessories
  • MasterCam® CNC CAD/CAM design software
  • ASC Econoclave® Model # EC-3X5-200P800F-3S3P6T (August 2011 install)
  • Precision Quincy programmable post cure oven, maximum operating temperature of 800oF, interior dimensions of 72” x 72” x 60”
  • Dantec Dynamics Q-800 shearography imaging system
  • Gerber DCS 1500 static cutting system (ordered July, 2011)
  • Extec Labcut 5000 precision saw (ordered July, 2011)


  • Salt fog chamber
  • Prohesion chamber
  • Gardner impact tester
  • Gardner minimum film forming temperature bar 90
  • Fusion systems EPIQ6000 ultraviolet curing apparatus
  • QUV accelerated weathering testers
  • Gardco statistical novogloss gloss meter
  • Thickness gauges
    • Dial
    • Minitest 4000
    • Fisher permascope
    • Digital micrometer
    • PosiTector 6000-FN3
    • PosiTector 100 ultra-sonic multi-surface film
  • DeFelsko PosiTest® digital pull-off adhesion tester
  • Draw down bars
  • Shar Incorporated high-speed mixer
  • Myers Engineering high-speed mixer
  • Kinetic Dispersion Corporation Kady Mill
  • SpeedMixer™ dual asymmetric centrifugal laboratory mixer
    • DAC 100 and DAC 800 models
  • VWR electric curing oven
  • Teledyne taber abrader
  • Paul Gardner dry time recorder
  • Sward rocker hardness tester
  • BYK-Gardner micro tri gloss meter
  • Gardner EZ viscosity cups
  • Gardco/Hoffman SAM tester
  • Norton ball mill
  • Microfluidics microfluidizer
  • Craftsman 6 hp 60-gallon compressor
  • Gardner conical mandrel bend tester
  • Gardner mandrel bend tester
  • Ford viscosity cups
  • Contact angle tester
  • Hegman gauge
  • Pencil scratch hardness tester
  • Crosshatch adhesion tester
  • Weight per gallon cups
  • Gardner glossgard system
  • PTC instrument durometer
  • Gardner bubble viscometer
  • Binks model 7 paint spray gun
  • Binks model 1SL HVLP spray guns
  • Forced air ventilation paint spray booth (10’x8’x8’)
  • Shar D-38 SPZ 30 gallon mixing system
  • BYK-Gardner color guide 45/0º hand held colorimeter with computer interface
  • BYK-Gardner handheld color spectrophotometer
  • Little Joe one-color proofing press
  • Anthony laboratory three-roll mill
  • BYK Gardner byko spectra 5 light booth
  • BYK Gardner Haze gloss system
  • Gardco Sagmeter Medium Range


  • Dow DCU controller, Camile 2000
  • Dual Masterflex 7518-10 console drive pumps
  • Dual KD scientific RS 232, dual-syringe pumps
  • Fisher isotemp 730 immersion circulator
  • Mettler RC1e reaction calorimeter


  • Parker Print-surf model M590 measuring 0.6 to 14.0 microns with automatic statistical analysis, data printer, built in calibration routines, test and calibration set, porosity test head
  • TMI ink rub tester with three speed settings
  • TMI digital bench micrometer
  • TMI K303 Multicoater with gravure laminating head, engraved head, and flexo head
  • IGT AIC2-5 T2000 Paper Coating Testing unit
  • IGT High Speed inking unit
  • RK Flexiproof 100 Ink Proofing System
  • BYK Gardner 75 Degree Gloss Meter


  • Brice-Phoenix universal photometer
  • Brice-Phoenix differential refractometer
  • Chromatix KMX-6 low-angle laser photometer with autocorrelator interfaced to an HP-85 computer
  • Chromatix KMX-16 laser differential refractometer
  • Wyatt Dawn-Flow laser LSI in-line with SEC system
  • 2.0 mW solid-state transmission light scattering apparatus/camera


  • JEOL JEM-2100 Transmission Electron Microscope with Rigaku Ultima III X-ray detector
  • FEI Quanta 200 environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) with Thermo-NORAN System 7 light element EDX X-ray detector
  • Nanoscope® MultiMode™ scanning probe microscope (SPM) with multiple application modules
  • Dimension 3000 atomic force microscope (AFM) with NanoScope® IIIa controller from Veeco
  • Agilent 5500 atomic force microscope with top-down scanning and multipurpose closed-loop scanner from 90 um to 670 nm
  • Zeiss optical polarizing microscope
  • Zeiss LSM 710 confocal laser scanning microscope
  • Nikon optical polarizing microscopes with video and hot stage
  • Nikon compound and dissecting microscopes with video, 35mm, and digital imaging capability
  • Kodak DC290 digital microscopy system
  • Leitz optical polarizing microscope
  • Leica EM UC6 Ultramicrotome and Cryoultramicrotome FC6
  • Bromma LKB 7800 knife maker
  • Reichert-Jung FC-4E cryo-microtome
  • Keyence VHS 600 digital microscope with 3D imaging capability, automated Z-axis control, multi-angle observation base, cross-polarization capability and magnification range from 20-1000X.
  • Vision Research Phantom v5.1 color, high-speed camera and 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses


  • Reichert SR7000DC Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectrometer
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM-D) E4 system (Q-sense)
  • Gaertner Scientific LSE-Stokes ellipsometer
  • Ramè-hart goniometer
  • Microphotonics Pin on Disc Tribometer


  • Knauer membrane osmometer
  • Knauer vapor phase osmometer


  • MATEC capillary hydrodynamic fractionation unit, (CHDF 2000 with       autosampler)
  • Microtrac UPA 250 Sub-micron analyzer
  • Microtrac (SRA) with powder and liquid capabilities
  • Coulter N4 sub-micron analyzer
  • Horiba laser scattering particle size analyzer
  • Microtrac S3500 Basic Dry Multi-Laser Particle Size Wet Analyzer - (Dry Range: 0.7 – 1000 microns)
  • Microtrac Zetatrac Ultra with Internal Probe (Range 0.0008 - 6.5 microns)


  • Coperion ZSK 30 reactive extruder
  • Cincinnati Milacron CAMAC VSx 85-ton injection molding machine
  • Battenfield Unilog 4000 17-ton injection molding machine
  • Prism TSE 16TC Bench top extruder
  • Boy 15S injection molding machine
  • Rotational molder
  • Compression molder
  • Pressure and vacuum forming equipment
  • Extrusion facilities
    • Wire coating, ribbon, blown film, annular, and Hann Slit dies
  • Haake Rheocord 90 twin-screw extruder
  • Cober model LBM 1.2A Microwave/Convection oven


  • MTS Insight 10 (2000 lbs-force capacity) universal test machine
  • MTS Landmark (110,000 lbs-force capacity) universal test machine 
  • MTS 810 (20,000 lbs-force capacity) universal test machine with variable temperature/atmosphere chamber (-200°C to 350°C)
  • MTS Alliance RT/10 with DX2000 extensiometer
  • Instron Dynatup 8250 Instrumented Impact Tester
  • Hysitron Triboindenter® nanomechanical testing system
  • Polyken Probe-Tack tester, testing machine, model 80-02
  • Custom Scientific Izod impact tester
  • Melt deflection testing equipment
  • Kruss tensiometer
  • First Ten Angstroms FTA200 goniometer
  • Tinius Olsen Izod impact tester
  • Proto-tech four-chamber fatigue cycling station
  • Bose Electroforce 3330 Test System


  • Cyclomix 5L premixer
  • Coperion ZSK-30 twin-screw extruder
  • Micron Powder System Bantam mill with cryogenic support for processing
  • Kemutec sieve (65-145 μm size)
  • Nordson spray booth with tribo-charging and corona-charging spray guns
  • Plastic Flame Systems powder pistol flame spray
  • Thermoelectric Company cure plate (gel time recorder)
  • Sames fluidized bed
  • IKA Works Inc. laboratory analytical mill
  • VWR Model 1685, horizontal air flow oven, 25 cu.ft. capacity, 40 to 260°C temperature range
  • Fostoria Industries experimental infrared curing oven, 3 zone 6 bank variable wavelength IR with conveyor
  • Nutro combination UV/IR curing oven
  • Tangent Systems, Inc. Tempest data logger. 500°F maximum service temperature


  • TA Instruments ARES LS2 rheometer with force convection oven, extensional viscosity fixture, UV curing option, and dielectric thermal analysis option.
  • Rheometric Scientific SR-5000 dynamic and steady state testing from -40°C to 250°C including Peltier, heated plates, and cup and bob stages
  • Brookfield DV-III Ultra programmable rheometer
  • Stormer viscometer
  • Seiko Instruments SDM 5600 dynamic mechanical spectrometer with DMS110 bending/shear and DMS210 tensile modules
  • Polymer Laboratories DMTA Mk III dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer
  • Haake TP-24 rheometer
  • Contraves low-shear 30 viscometers
  • Cannon-Ubbleholde and zero-shear viscometers
  • Instron Capillary Rheometer Model 3211
  • Tinius Olson Extrusion Plastometer (melt indexer)
  • Custom Scientific Extrusion Plastometer (melt indexer)
  • Brabender Plasticorder
  • ICI cone and plate viscometer
  • Bohlin RH7 Flowmaster advance capillary rheometer


  • Bruker AVANCE III 600 MHz high performance digital NMR spectrometer with autosampler
  • Varian UNITY-INOVA 500 MHz spectrometer
  • Varian UNITY-INOVA 400 MHz solids spectrometer
  • Varian MERCURY 300 spectrometer
  • Varian MERCURY 200 spectrometer
  • Bruker MSL-200 solids spectrometer


  • Bio-Rad FTS 6000 Step-Scan spectrometer with Stingray IR imaging software and photoacoustic and ATR attachments with UMS 500 microspectroscope
  • Perkin-Elmer 1600 Series FTIR
  • Nicolet IR/42 FTIR
  • Nicolet 6700 FTIR with Smart Orbit diamond ATR accessory
  • Nicolet 6700 FTIR
    • GATR sampling accessory kit
    • Smart iTR ATR accessory
    • VeeMax variable angle specular reflectance accessory
    • In-sample compartment for TGA/IR analysis
    • Heated contact ATR accessory
    • Pressure cell accessory
    • Nicolet Antaris II near-IR
  • Digilab Scimitar FTS-2000/UMA 400 IR Microscope with pyrolysis, variable ATR, slide-on micro ATR analyzer, diffuse reflectance, and specular reflectance sampling capability and 225,000 spectra searchable database
  • Mettler Toledo ReactIR 1000 with variable optics module for remote sensing with diamond and silicon probes
  • Mettler Toledo ReactIR iC10 with diamond probe and controlled heating platen
  • Mattson Galaxy series FTIR with TGA interface


  • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 6 UV/Vis spectrophotometer interfaced to an Epson PC
  • TECAN M1000 Infinite plate reader
  • Thermo Scientific Multiskan FC photometer
  • Science Tech SS150W solar simulator


  • PerSeptive Biosystems MALDI mass spectrometer with Voyager RP Biospectrometry workstation, molecular weight in the millions, end group analysis below 25,000


  • Thermo DXR Raman spectroscopy system


  • Govmark CC-1 cone calorimeter
  • TA Instruments DSC2000 with auto-sampler
  • TA Instruments TGA500 with auto-sampler
  • TA Instruments Q400 TMA
  • TA Instruments Q800 DMA with RH control option
  • TA Instruments Q5000 IR with ThermoStar gas analysis/mass spectrometer (November, 2010 install)
  • Perkin Elmer DSC 7 photo-DSC with 450 watt low-pressure mercury lamp
  • DuPont 910 DSC
  • DuPont 951 thermogravimetric analyzer
  • DuPont 982 DMA dynamic mechanical analyzer with 9900 data station system
  • Mettler FP 80 microscope
    • Programmable hot stage
    • High-speed camera
    • Bascom-Turner 4120 electronic recorder
    • Mettler Graphware 7.2 software
  • MLS PYRO XL Rapid Microwave Ashing system
  • TA Instruments 930 differential photocalorimeter
  • TA Instruments 2920 differential scanning calorimeter
  • TA Instruments SDT 2960 simultaneous DTA-TGA
  • Mettler TGA 850 thermogravimetric analyzer
  • Mettler DSC 30 differential scanning calorimeter
  • Perkin-Elmer DSC-7 differential scanning calorimeter with TAC 7/DX thermal analyzer controller


  • 24 quad-core molecular modeling cluster
  • Solidworks
  • Cosmosworks
  • Cosmosfloworks
  • Pro-E
  • Minitab
  • DOE Pro
  • QI Macros
  • Mathcad

Virtual Reality

  • SGI Onyx 3400 Advanced Visualization system

Wood Composites

  • Watlow/SRT 180 Ton Hydraulic Press w/26” x 26” heated plattens
  • Henschel FM L 40 mixer


  • Siemens XPD-700 area detector system with GADDS PC-based data acquisition and manipulation package with 3-axis camera and variable temperature device (1200°C max)
  • Phillips PW-1720 powder and fiber WAXD with darkroom


  • Rigaku AFC6S automated diffractometer with TEXSAN™ structure solution package


  • Siemens 18 kW rotating anode source, super model 7616 double mirror focusing system, 3 meter camera rail, Siemens HiStar area detector system


  • MicroFab Jetlab 4 micro printing system
  • Advanced Measurement Technologies VERSASTAT4-400 DC voltammetry and corrosion system
  • MBraun Labmaster (1800/1000), with single filter column gas purification system and antechamber
  • Chem Glass 30 L reactor
  • Edwards short path distillation system/wiped film evaporator
  • Mettler Toledo Density XS system
  • Orion AF8 Volumetric Karl-Fischer water analysis unit
  • Varian 109Q ESR
  • Hewlett-Packard 4192A impedance analyzer with HP-85 data station
  • Time resolved, single –photon counting fluorescence spectrometer
  • Nanosecond laser flash photolysis system
  • Solartron 1255 HF frequency response analyzer with 1286 electrochemical interface
  • Parr reactors with 300 mL and 600 mL capacity
  • Spontaneous combustion apparatus - ASTM E771
  • Dry ice pelletizer
  • Cyclone DNA synthesizer
  • Fabrication shop
    • Machining
    • Computer aided manufacturing
    • Welding
    • Sheet metal
    • Glass shop
    • Electronics shop
    • Computer aided design
    • Automated test equipment
    • Prototyping equipment
  • Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI)
    • Connex 350 multi-material 3-dimensional printing system
    • SLS Sinterstation 2500 plus rapid prototyping machine
    • Laserform oven
    • Computrac Max 2000 moisture analyzer
    • Atlas HDV2 DTUL/VICAT 300°C heat distortion unit
    • Arizona Instruments MAX 2000 moisture analyzer
    • Tensilkut sample preparation unit
    • Constant temperature and humidity hot room with data logger
    • Constant temperature and humidity cold room with data logger

The TRRG has supported industry for more than 40 years through research and development,
testing and evaluation, formulation, and coatings science educational offerings.

Thames-Rawlins Research Group
118 College Drive #5217
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Tel: 601-266-5618
Fax: 601-266-5880
For more information please contact Michael Blanton


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