Malvern, UK - UK company Malvern Instruments says its Viscotek GPC (gel permeation chromatography) system has received a glowing report from a US polymer scientist.
Prof Kenneth Wynne and his research team at the department of chemical and life science engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University use the Viscotek TDAmax triple detection system to carry out routine gel permeation chromatography (GPC) when developing and applying novel surface modifications to polyurethanes and other polymers, Malvern said in a 21 July statement.
Wynne said, "Right from the beginning the Viscotek system worked really well. We were given an attractive offer, which was supported by a customer services department that made it a priority to help a faculty that was just starting out."
As well as research into coatings that resist fouling in the marine environment, he and his research team work with very unusual 'soft blocks' called polyoxetanes. These modify the surface of polyurethanes to produce antimicrobial coatings that kill bacteria on contact without releasing toxins, Malvern said. The resulting polyurethane molecules can be used in biomedical applications for wound care or for in-vivo medical devices.