At IMO-IMOMEC, a longstanding expertise is present regarding the quantitative characterization of organic molecules and polymers (from elastomers over thermoplastics to thermosets) by means of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in a non-destructive and non-invasive way. Besides the molecular structure (microstructure, end-groups, defects..), much attention is paid to the molecular dynamics and phase morphology at the nanometre level (e.g. phase separation in polymer or hybrid blends, block-copolymers…). This in order to unravel the structure-property relationships of advanced materials by means of modern liquid-state and solid-state NMR methods, including dedicated relaxation experiments on almost all NMR-sensitive nuclei. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods can be applied to determine these molecular properties locally.
Attention is further paid to complement NMR strategies with other analytical techniques towards the understanding of complex structure-property relations.