Sample Analysis

Sample Analysis

“How can I test a few samples inexpensively? Without buying new equipment?”

Sample analysis is quick and easy at PST with rapid turnaround and competitive pricing.


Stay in the loop and in constant contact with our team of chemists and technicians. Receive the full report including original analysis results in native file formats as well as in exported formats. Exported formats depend on the analysis but may include Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), MS Excel (.xls), or generic comma-separated values (.csv).


Analysis and testing is held confidential and your results will be for you alone.


Fourier-Transform Infra-Red Spectrophotometry

FTIR (Nicolete Protege model 460 E.S.P.)

FTIR analysis of organic samples elucidates the kinds of chemical bonds present in the molecule based on their absorbance spectrum in the infra-red region.


Sample capable of solvent casting/placement on KBr plate - $25/sample


UV/Vis Spectrophotometry

Thermo Genesys 10S UV-Vis spectrophotometer


Soluble sample full spectrum 190-900nm against solvent blank- $5/sample


Soluble sample specified wavelength against solvent blank - $0.05/sample

Gel-Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

GPC performed using Waters 1515 Breeze system with refractive index detection. Used to determine molecular weight in ​the ​range of 400,000- ​500 Da, test sample compared to polystyrene standards ​ for determination of number average molecular weight, weight average molecular weight, polydispersity index, and other parameters as desired​. $1​00/sample.


Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Modulated DSC analysis available from PolySciTech using a TA instruments Q2000 instrument operating under argon purge and controlled using a Discovery Refrigerated Cooling System - RCS90. This allows for testing samples in the range between -90 C to 550 C. Modulated DSC allows for collecting not just heat flow of the sample but also the reverse heat flow which is related to analysis of complex mixtures and multiple transitions.


Contact us for a quote for testing your sample or for more information.


Learn More about Modulated DSC here: PDF

Rheometric Analysis

Rheometer attachments

Rheometer attachments



Rheometric tests can be performed at Akina, Inc. utilizing an AR550 (TA Instruments) Rheometer in the temperature range of ambient to 150°C.


This peltier controlled rheometer has both a 20 and an 8 mm attachment for viscosities ranging from water to viscous polymer melts. Rheometer can do both basic viscosity as well as oscillation measurements with continous or stepped sweeps of temperature, frequency, stress, as well as other variables. G',G", Delta and other rheometric variables are collected in oscillation mode. Rheological as well as molecular information about the material can be gleaned from this data.


Rheometric data can be analyzed on Rheology Advantage Data Analysis software.


Depends on sample and test. Contact us for a quote

Mechanical/Texture Analysis

Texture analyzer shown with tensile grips

Texture analyzer shown with

TA-96B: Miniature tensile grips

PolySciTech® offers texture analysis via a Texture Technologies Corporation TA.XTplus. The current configuration utilizes a 5 kg load cell for extreme sensitivity with soft and elastic materials. The testing arm can be equipped with either tensile grips for tensile testing or a ¼ inch steel ball/half inch dacron cylinder for compressive testing.


Typical mechanical tests include elastic modulus from 0-2% strain, stress relaxation (a.k.a. creep) as percent decline in force over 60 seconds of being held at a constant strain, elongation to break, yield stress. Akina can custom design tests to your specifications as well as perform textural tests such as crispiness and firmness. Below are elastic modulus and stress relaxation of some common food ingredients.

Item Elasticity (kPa/%) Stress Relaxation (%)
Marshmallow - (Great Value) 0.6 ± 0.1 38.3 ± 1.8
Gummi Worm - (Great Value) 0.7 ± 0.2 46.2 ± 2.8
Gum - (Ice Breakers "Ice Cubes") 29.9 ± 7.7+ 10.0 ± 1.5
Crouton - (Rothbury Farms) 36.6 ± 10.4 63.4 ± 14.1
Sugar Cube - (Domino) 112.0 ± 12.1 NA*
  • + Gum coated with hard sugar coating
  • *Sugar cube could not be compressed to 20%

Mechanical analysis can be performed using texture exponent software allowing for mechanical as well as textural properties to be quantified.

Other currently available attachments include:

Other attachments available for texture analyzer

From left to right:

TA-92N: Three Point Bend Rig

TA-317C: Vertical Friction Rig - Square Plates

A/GMP bio-adhesion probe

Other attachments available for texture analyzer

From left to right:

TA-8: 1/4" dia. ball, stainless steel

TA-5: 1/2" dia. cylinder, acrylic, 35mm tall



Depends on sample and test contact us for a quote

Optical Analysis





Akina Inc. offers visual microscope and stereoscope analysis utilizing an Olympus BX51 microscope with pictures recorded via a DP70 camera. These images can be recorded at 1-4 (stereoscope), 20, 60, or 100X magnification.


Depends on sample and test contact us for a quote

*- note prices reflect samples as described. Samples which require additional processing may incur additional fees. Large numbers of replicate samples may be eligible for lower bulk pricing.


Contact John Garner to find out more.


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