Welcome to the latest issue of MC MATTERS, with news on Thermo Scientific™ extrusion and compounding systems, rheometry and viscometry, as well as information on seminars, expert tips and much more!

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Laboratory Products

Discover Unlimited Capabilities with the
Modular HAAKE MARS Rheology Platform

Whether you are interested in a robust and reliable rheometer for standard applications in quality control, or in an open rheometer platform for a maximum of flexibility, the Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS™ rheometer system is the instrument of choice. The HAAKE MARS rheometer is easily configured for the individual needs of both beginners and experts:

  • Nano torque capabilities for everyday use such as interfacial rheology
  • Extended normal force capabilities for applications such as texture analysis
  • Combined techniques to investigate rheological properties on a molecular level using FTIR, Raman, Microscopy

Learn more about the next generation of HAAKE MARS rheometers through our new video, and see how they can help automate your workflow.

Watch the Thermo Scientific HAAKE MARS Systems video.
New HAAKE Viscotester iQ Rheometer for
High Pressure Measurement Applications

After a successful launch in 2014, the Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ Viscotester™ iQ rheometer has received two design awards in 2015. In industries such as food, cosmetics, paints, inks, and polymers, it has become established as THE quality control rheometer. The unique oscillation-mode measurement capabilities of the HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer also makes it an ideal teaching tool for understanding key principles of rheology.

In the next chapter of this success story, we are excited to present a new portable HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer design for measuring materials under pressure of up to 600 bar. This pressure range is ideal for determining the rheological behavior of crude oil, drilling fluids, and fracturing fluids.

If you are interested in a live demonstration of the HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer please email us at

Learn more about the new portable HAAKE Viscotester iQ by downloading our product information guide.

Download HAAKE Viscotester iQ Portable Rheometer product information.

Pharma Products

The Influence of Additives on the Extrusion Process, and Rheological Properties of Pharma Polymers

Within the pharmaceutical formulation process, hot melt extrusion (HME) has become an important technique to overcome bioavailability challenges. Recent tests have shown that the addition of additives to pharmaceutical polymers can help optimize extrusion process conditions such as melt temperature and flow behavior, and also influence a material’s rheological properties. Download the Thermo Scientific application note to read the results of these investigations in more detail.

Download Application Note.

The Thermo Scientific™ Pharma 11 Twin-screw extruder is designed specifically for pharmaceutical applications to minimize material costs, be easier to use and optimize laboratory space.

Process Products

Compounding Nanoclay Blends Using Twin Screw Extruders

The application of nanomaterials in consumer markets is growing rapidly. Used to develop new polymer compounds, they help improve material characteristics in the fields of flame resistance, barrier properties or toughness. The automotive industry is frequently searching for alternatives to bulky materials, and drives considerable research in this field.

Using a Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ PolyLab OS mixer and extruder system, our application report analyzes how PA and PP polymers can be compounded with commercially available nanoclay master batches to provide the basis for successful nanocomposite formulation and development.

Download Application Note.


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