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AA certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
Application area :

Analytical services for research in the field of metallurgy and materials engineering.

Performance data:

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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Analytic Jena atomic absorptionspectrometry ZEEnit
Application area :
  • The AAS device which is equipped with a flame-, graphite furnace- and hydride technology, is especially used for trace analysis to the lower ppm range. The element determination is based on the principle that the absorption intensities of the specific element lines are compared with those of a matrix-adapted calibration
Performance data:

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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Analytic Jena atom-fluorescencespectrometer Mercur
Application area :
  • Spectrometer specifically used for the analysis of quicksilver in lowermost trace range to ppt.The element determination is based on the principle that the fluorescence intensities of the specific quicksilver lines are compared with those of the quicksilver-calibration. The quicksilver is separated via hydride technique of the matrix. Eventually it may be concentrated with amalgamation
Performance data:

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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
HD electronic fusion machine Vulcan 4MA
Application area :
  • automatical fusion machine for the preparation of borate-melting tablets for subsequent X-ray fluorescence analysis of for example, slags, flue dusts, ores and minerals
Performance data:
  • stations: 4
  • power: 210 W
  • sample quantity: max. 1g
  • max. temperature: 1600°C
  • (LengthxWidthxHeight): 600x700x300 mm
  • samples per h: 8-10
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Metrohm ion chromatography IC 881 Compact IC Pro
Application area :
  • Ion chromatography is a seperation procedure based on the distribution of the components of a mixture of materials between a solid stationary phase (column) and a mobile phase (eluent) with subsequent detection (detector). At the IME this system is used for separation and determination of anions in solutions or dissolved substances. Common used methods are: 1. the anions fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate, phosphate and sulfate with the power detector from about 0.1 mg/ l and 2. The determination of sulfide and cyanide with the amperometric detector in im µg/l-area
Performance data:

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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Netzsch thermobalance STA 409
Application area :
  • With this device thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) as well as (simultaneous) differential thermal analysis (DTA) can be performed. On the TGA the mass change is measured as a function of temperature while the substance is subjected to a controlled temperature program. On the DTA the temperature difference between a substance and a reference material is measured as a function of temperature while the substance is subjected to a controlled temperature program. The maximum working temperature of this device is at 1550 ° C. As a standard the following gases could be used: air, argon, oxygen, nitrogen and vacuum
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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
PANanalytical WDXRF spectrometer Axios
Application area :
  • x-ray fluorescence device for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of metals, slags, ores, flue dusts, minerals and fluids. The elements of the periodic table can be analyzed with this device from sodium to uranium
Performance data:
  • Omnian:  a qualitative and semi-quantitative program for the analysis of different samples
  • WROXI: a \"wide range oxide\" program for the quantitative analysis of oxidic materials such as slags, flue dusts, ores and minerals
  • Oil-trace: a program for the analysis of oils
  • Pro-trace: a program for trace analysis (lower ppm range) of slags, flue dusts, ores and minerals
  • Aluminium-base: a program for the analysis of aluminum and aluminum alloy
  • Copper-base: a program for the analysis of copper and copper alloys
  • NiFeCo: a program for the analysis of nickel, iron and cobalt alloys (especially developed for the automotive industry)
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
SI Analytics: Titroline 7000
Application area :
  • implementation of titrimetric analyzes such as acid-base titrations, redox titrations (and Karl Fischer titrations)
Performance data:

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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Spectro spark spectometer MAXx
Application area :
  • The spark spectometer device is used fort the quick analysis of metals such as an online-analysis. The device is equipped for the analysis of the following bases:
Performance data:
  • Iron base: with various programs for the analysis of all common iron alloys with the exception of gray-cast alloys
  • Copper base: with various programs for the analysis of common copper alloys
  • Aluminum base: with various programs for the analysis of common aluminum alloys
  • Nickel base: with various programs for the analysis of common nickel alloys
  • Cobalt base: with various programs for the analysis of common cobalt alloys
  • Zinc base: with various programs for the analysis of zinc alloys
  • Lead base: for the analysis of common lead alloys
  • Tin base: for the analysis of common tin alloys
  • Magnesium base: for the analysis of common magnesium alloys
  • Titanium base: for the analysis of common titanium alloys
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Spectro ICP-OES Spectro ARCOS
Application area :
  • A spectrum analyzer for the simultaneous element analysis of casted samples equipped with a 75 cm Rowland circle, situated optics and radial plasma observation. The element determination is based on the principle that the emission intensities of the specific element lines are compared with those of calibration matrix-adapted
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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Spectro ICP-OES Spectro Ciros Vision
Application area :
  • The ICP device has an axial plasma observation. Due to the sensitive optics and the axial plasma observation better response level in the low ppm range can be obtained. The axial plasma observation provides an improvement in the response level by a factor of about 4 to 10 to radial plasma observation
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Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Spectruma Glowdischarge spectrum analyzer GDA750
Application area :
  • A Glowdischarge-spectrum analyzer for the analysis of metals as \"bulk\" analysis or for the analysis of coatings (thickness and composition of the coat). The device is equipped for the analysis of the following bases:
Performance data:
  • Iron base: with various programs for the analysis of all common ferrous alloys
  • Magnesium base: with various programs for the analysis of common magnesium alloys
  • Aluminum base: with various programs for the analysis of common aluminum alloys
  • Nickel base: with various programs for the analysis of common nickel alloys
  • Cobalt base: for the analysis of common cobalt alloys
  • Zinc base: for the analysis of common zinc alloys
  • Lead base: for the analysis of common lead alloys
  • Copper base: for the analysis of common copper alloys
  • Tin base: for the analysis of common tin alloys
  • Titanium base: for the analysis of common titanium alloys
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Portable XRF-analyser
Application area :

Analysis of metals, heavy metals (Prohibited Substances) and ores

  • Alloy analysis in recycling and metal processing industry
  • Analysis of electronic products and plastics for the control of prohibited substances (RoHS, REACH)
  • Environmental and soil analyzes (heavy metals in soils)
  • Ore of Mines and Mining
Performance data:
  • Analysis programs: alloy analysis, precious metals, electronics, plastics, consumer goods and thickness analysis, Empirical calibration, Empirical calibration combined with FP
  • Weights and Measures 244 x 230 x 95.5 mm; 1.3 kg (without battery)
  • Analysis of the range of Cl (17) to U (92) more than 25 elements depends on the measurement program
  • Battery Lithium-Ion battery for about 6 hours - 8 hours continuous operation
  • Display VGA color touch-screen display
Contact person: Elisabeth Bey

Analytik Jena sample preparation TOP wave
Application area :
  • microwave-assisted digestion of samples for subsequent wet chemical analysis or spectral analysis (AAS or ICP)
Performance data:
  • number of digestions : 12 (parallel)
  • max. sample quantity: inorganic up to 1 g je nach reactivity, organic up to 1 g depending on reactivity
  • max. temperature: 240°C
  • max. pressure: 100 bar
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Anton Paar microwave pressure digestion system
Application area :
  • Microwave-assisted digestion of samples for subsequent wet-chemical analysis or spectral analysis (AAS or ICP)
Performance data:
  • Number of outcrops: 8 (parallel)
  • Max. Sample quantity: inorganic up to 1 g depending on the reactivity, organic up to 1 g depending on the reactivity
  • Max. Temperature: 300 ° C
  • Max. Pressure: 100 bar
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Fritsch mono mill „pulverisette 6“
Application area :
  • fast drying and wet grinding of organic and inorganic samples
Performance data:
  • bin material: tungsten carbide
  • charging material: charging pieces to max. 10 mm; input min. 30ml, max. 125 ml
  • final grain size: dry grinding up to d50 < 20 µm (depending on material); wet grinding up to d50 < 1 µm (depending on material)
  • rotation speed:  up to 650 min-1
  • cubic capacity: up to 225 ml
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Retsch labour jaw crusher BB51
Application area :
  • crushing of medium to extremely hard substances, as well as fragile and hard-ductile materials
Performance data:
  • crusher jaw: tungsten carbide
  • material: charging material max. 35 mm
  • final grain size: up to 0,5 mm (depending on material)
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Retsch sample divider PT 100
Application area :
  • preparation of representative subsamples
  • sample splitting and sample reduction
Performance data:
  • stations: 8
  • sample input via vibrating feeder
  • volume: 8x250 ml
  • charging material: bulk material
  • grit size: ≤ 10 mm- depending on sample material
  • electrical supply data: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • electric supply: 1-phase
  • (LengthxWidthxHeight): 580 x 910 x 420 mm (incl. DR 100)
  • rotation speed: 110 min-1
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Retsch vibrating mill MM 301
Application area :
  • crushing and homogenization of soft, fibrous, hard and fragile materials in dry and wet condition
Performance data:
  • bin material: 25 ml tungsten carbide
  • material: charging pieces to max.6 mm; input: min. 4 ml, max. 8,5 ml
  • final grain size: up to < 1 µm (depending on material)
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Retsch sifting machine AS 200
Application area :
  • separation, fractionation, particle size determination for the required final grain size
Performance data:
  • final grain size: X-ray fluorescence analysis < 65 µm; wet chemically- and spectral analysis < 90 µm
  • sieving motion: throw  with angular momentum
  • max. batch: 3 kg
  • (LengthxWidthxHeight): 400 x 230 x 350 mm
  • electrical supply data: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • amplitude: digital, 0,2 - 3 mm
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden

Eltra CS 2000
Application area :
  • An analytical system for the determination of carbon and sulfur in inorganic and organic materials, such as metals, ores, slags, coals, and waste samples (secondary combustible). The system is equipped with an induction furnace as well as a resistance furnace, and has a so-called TIC-module
Performance data:
  • Measuring zone (C): upwards from 10 ppm
  • Measuring zone (S): upwards from 10 ppm
  • Measuring method: infrared absorption
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Eltra Elementrac ONH-p
Application area :
  • analysis system for the determination of hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen in iron and non-ferrous metals, such as copper and titanium
Performance data:
  • Measuring method: carrier gas method
  • measuring cells:

- Thermal conductivity measurement for nitrogen and hydrogen
- Infrared measuring cell for oxygen

Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
ON-mat 8500
Application area :
  • An analytical system for the determination of oxygen and nitrogen content in metals
Performance data:
  • responsivity: 0,1 ppm
  • measuring zone: upwards from 2 ppm
  • measuring method (oxygen): infrared absorption
  • measuring method (nitrogen): thermal conductivity
Contact person: Paul van der Heiden
Portable FTIR analyzer
Application area :

simultaneous analysis of 50 IR-active components:

  • CO2, CO, NO, NO2, N2O, NH3, SO2, HCl, HF, HCN, CS2, COS;
  • Alkanes (for example, methane, ethane, hexane, gasoline, Solvesso), alkenes (for example, ethylene, 1,3-butadiene), acetylene, aromatic compounds (eg, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, styrene), alcohols (eg methanol, ethanol, propanol ), oxides (eg, ethylene oxide), aldehydes (eg formaldehyde), ketones (formic acid, acetic acid), CFCs, HFCs (Freon), PFC, SF6 and many others (eg acetone, MEK), esters (eg ethyl acetate), acids
  • Oxygen
  • Hydrogen
Performance data:
  • Measuring principle: Fourier Transform Infrared, FT-IR
  • Measuring components: simultaneous measurement of max. 50 gases in mixtures
  • reaction time: typically <120 seconds, depending on gas flow and measurement time
  • measurement temperature: 180°C
  • Power supply: 100-115 or 230 V / 50 Hz -60
  • Consumption: 300 W
Contact person: M. Sc. Fabian Diaz


Last update: 12.11.2018