Analytical Services

Testing Services

Material Characterization

Aspen Research's chemistry laboratory has a full complement of testing capabilities to characterize materials of all classes for identification, purity, properties, impurities and more. We can help you understand the chemistry of the major and minor components in a substance.

Physical Testing

We offer routine and custom physical testing of thermal and mechanical properties to help manufacturers establish the functionality and safety of their product. We can assist you in better selection of materials, evaluation of material degradation and quality control for incoming raw materials.

Prior to conducting some tests, there may be a requirement to condition a material or product. Such conditioning is available in one of Aspen’s laboratories, which is conditioned at a standard temperature of 75°F and relative humidity (RH) of 50%. This type of environment is standard for the mechanical testing of plastic materials. Aspen is able to provide other customized environments for conditioning of samples, such as liquid and/or vapor organic solvent exposure.

Metallurgical Testing

Our analysts apply their extensive knowledge of metallurgy and materials science to address clients concerns about failure analysis, corrosion evaluations, material selection, manufacturing operations and quality control testing.

Aspen applies its knowledge of metallurgy and materials science throughout its investigations, using a wide spectrum of analytical instruments. Our analysts have pragmatic experience gained from various scientific and engineering endeavors. The scope of work for metallurgical and materials science projects ranges from macroscopic to microscopic evaluations.

Trace Analysis

Aspen's scientists can detect, identify and measure trace or residual chemicals present in small amounts within a variety of materials.

Foreign Material Analysis

Our laboratory can identify unacceptable deposits or residue of foreign materials that can affect the functionality, or even damage your product.

Raw materials, fabricated sub-assemblies and consumer products have surfaces upon which someone may observe an unacceptable deposit or residue of foreign material. In some instances, the presence of foreign material affects the functionality of the material or product, such as the mechanical movement of two parts in contact with each other. In other cases, the aesthetic appearance is objectionable, such as implantable medical devices or window hardware.

Failure Analysis

Aspen conducts failure analysis to help identify the cause of the failure, develop a solution and prevent future product failures.

Aspen conducts failure analysis investigations for a wide spectrum of industries, products and manufacturing processes. The scope of work and analytical platforms that Aspen selects for the investigation depends on a client’s material or product challenges that they are experiencing.

Particulate Analysis

Particulate analysis testing includes removing, counting and sizing particulate contaminants. Particulates may be found in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and various solutions. We can help you determine the amount of particulate matter, as well as identify the potential source of particulates.

USP Testing

Aspen Research provides analytical services to assess levels of elemental metals/elemental impurities in raw materials, as well as finished products. Our testing is in compliance with the USP general chapters <232> and <233>.

ASTM Testing

Our laboratory offers third party testing for many products and materials against specific ASTM methods. This testing is often required for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, plastics and polymers.

Navigating the many existing testing agencies in order to identify an appropriate testing procedure can be a challenging task. The expansion of global trade has driven regulatory agencies and quality management systems to define standardized test methods. This ensures accuracy and uniformity of testing, data collection and reporting.

Electrochemical Testing

Electrochemical corrosion testing is a very effective and accelerated process for studying various forms of metallic corrosion. Our experienced scientists can provide fast and accurate corrosion data that can help you choose the right materials for your product.

Polymer Testing

Aspen characterizes basic properties of plastic and elastomeric materials, as one would find them on a technical data sheet, relative to their physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical and melt attributes. Our testing provides clients with the information they need to address material usage pertaining to quality control, alternative supplier selection, failure analysis, or reverse engineering a competitor’s material.

Extractables & Leachables

Extractable/leachable testing identifies the organic and inorganic compounds that may be released by your packaging materials and/or absorbed into the products that they contain. Our scientists will work with you to develop a customized testing protocol to meet your regulatory requirements.

“Extractables” and “Leachables” studies are used to determine what chemicals (and how much of them) can “move” in some way from a source material (usually polymeric in nature) to another sink (food, pharmaceutical, the human body, the air). Testing for extractables and leachables is driven by both regulatory concerns and process concerns. While there are a large number of regulatory bodies that require information on extractables and leachables, there are currently no prescriptive testing protocols. Aspen’s team of experienced analysts can assist you in designing appropriate testing protocols based on best practices currently followed, including those of the PQRI, BPOG, USP, BPSA, ASTM and ISO-10993.

Food Contact

Packaging Migration

Our team conducts studies to assess the amount of specified target compounds that move from the packaging system into a food simulant under the prescribed conditions set forth by the FDA. These custom projects help you comply with the applicable regulations to keep you product on the market.

Off Gassing Studies

These studies are designed to determine what compounds (and their concentrations) volatilize from a material under variable conditions of time and temperature.

Off Odors

Our laboratory can identify what ingredients in your product are giving off unwanted chemical odors. The key to off odor analysis is designing the appropriate testing strategy after an assessment of underlying key indicators.

Post Consumer Food Contact

All materials that come in contact with food should be tested to ensure they are safe. Our laboratory provides food packaging and contact materials testing to make sure your products comply with the appropriate regulations.

Litigation Support

Our support team of degreed scientists provides high quality independent laboratory analysis, customized reports, depositions and expert witness testimony. Our ability to implement standard or custom test methods makes us a strategic resource.

Equipment and Capabilities

Method Development

Aspen Research's experienced analysts specialize in method development and validation to help you achieve the reliable analytical data you need to support your activities. Our highly skilled scientists have years of experience to ensure that the method is appropriate for your project.

Validated Methods

The scientific approach of our experienced chemists provides the highest quality of work in compliance with ISO 17025 and many other standards.

Analytical Platforms

Aspen Research is a full service analytical chemistry laboratory that utilizes a wide range of instrumentation in the areas of chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy and polymer testing. We are committed to excellence and are constantly updating our techniques and instrumentation.

Aspen has a diverse array of analytical instrumentation to address clients’ questions relating to materials that they use to fabricate their products. We work with all our clients to select the pertinent analytical platform(s) necessary to ensure they have the requisite data needed to make successful business decisions.