Wet Chemistry

Laboratory

Wet Chemistry

This laboratory was equipped for different kinds of synthetic experiments from the production of newly designed monomers and nanomaterials to polymer synthesis. Based on the application area, zero-dimensional (SiO2, TiO2, etc.), one-dimensional (electrospun nanofibers, MWCNT), two-dimensional (nanoclays, nanoplates and graphene) and three-dimensional (foam and networks) nanomaterials are synthesized by applying wet chemistry techniques, catalytic growth and core-shell electrospinning technology. Also, surface functionalization is performed to get better interfacial interactions between nanomaterials and the chosen matrix. Sol-gel and electrospraying techniques are applied to provide multi-functionality to different surfaces such as fabrics, metals and ceramics. The facilities in Wet Chemistry Laboratory bring innovative solutions in the field of textiles, hygiene, household goods, automotive, aerospace and energy.

 

 

Instruments that are included within the lab are comprised of ovens, high temperature ovens (for ceramic production and burn-off ignition tests), vacuum ovens, precision balances, mechanical stirrers, heaters, an electrospinning unit, a high temperature rotating furnace, a grinding& polishing machine, a centrifuge, an ultrasonic bath, probe sonicators and a planetary vacuum mixer as well as six working hoods one of which is designed to be ex-proof.

The instruments in the wet chemistry lab provide to perform the tests below for composites (also in pre-preg form) and plastics according to national and international standards:

 

1-      Burn-off ignition tests

2-      Volatile content tests

3-      Density measurements

4-      Void content tests

5-      Water uptake at room and elevated temperatures

 

                                                                                                        

                                                                                       Ash Furnace                                                           High Temperature Rotating Furnace

 

In addition, besides the tests, nanomaterials like graphene, CNTs and HNTs as well as ceramic materials can be synthesized and later be incorporated into composite resins or thermoplastics.  

 

Formulated resin mixtures can be mixed via a planetary vacuum mixer, which enables high viscous formulations to be mixed homogeneously and bubble-free through its vacuum system, which can reach 0.002 bar within a minute. Formulated resin mixtures and resins of composites can be poured into molds and cured at the ovens at desired conditions. The cured plates can be later cut into the desired shape (or be already cured in certain shapes) for further tests and characterization.

 

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                             Planetary Vacuum Mixer

 

 

Multi-axial electrospinning unit provides to produce multi-axial fibers having up to tri-axis by using a variety of polymer solutions at the same time.

 

                   

                                                                                                                  Multi-Axial Electrospinning Unit

 

 

OUTPUTS

Wet Chemistry targets novel material synthesis, production and characterization by using different techniques. The synthesized chemicals, polymers and mixtures can be used as functional additives,agents, fillers or tailor-made products regarding chemistry related industries.

 

 

TARGET SECTORS/AREAS

Wet chemistry laboratory offers vast opportunities to develop and commercialize novel nanomaterials and polymers through joint projects with industrial partners. It can mainly serve to plastics, composites, textiles, hygiene, aerospace, household goods companies and OEMs.

 

 

EQUIPMENTS

      - Semi-Automatic Grinding and Polishing Machine

      - Gas Chromatography (GC)

      - Horizontal Furnace, Rotary Furnace

      - Microwave Furnace, Deep Freeze

      - Precision Balance

      - Ultrasonic Cleaner

      - Furnaces, Ovens, Vacuum Oven

      - Viscosimeter

      - Vacuum Mixer

      - pH.mV Temp S/N 052463

      - Magnetic Mixer (Stirrer) (x15)

      - Vortex 3

      - Cetrifuge FiberLite F14-6250 LE-Rotor (Ice Maker)

      - Sokslet

      - UP400S Ultrasonic Processor

      - Electro-Waveing and Spraying System

      - Freeze - Drier

      - Density Balance

      - Heater

      - Water Purifier

      - Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer

      - Refrigerator