Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry

Services

Test chamber investigations

  • Emission tests under controlled climatic conditions on building products, furniture, electric equipment and paints
  • Investigations into the functionality of surface catalytic active materials
  • Assessment of building products in accordance with AgBB/DIBT/Grenelle de l’ environnement
  • Assessment of products in accordance with GEV/Emicode
  • Determination of release of particles/ultra-fine particles
  • Determination of release of harmful gases
  • Time-resolved investigation of release of pollutants under specific conditions (light, reactive gases, thermal load)
  • Testing of air purifiers

Product and material investigations

  • Determination of volatile organic contents through dynamic or static Headspace GC/MS
  • Determination of metals following complete digestion/extraction
  • Phthalates in plastics and paints
  • Flame retardants in plastics, foams
  • Residual monomers/photoinitiators in UV-paint surfaces
  • Diverse solvent extractions from various materials upon request
  • Diverse element determination (microwave-assisted digestion, elution, EN 71 Part 3)
  • XRF measurements
  • Monitoring of indoor room paints
  • GC/MS of liquid samples
  • Organic acid determination
  • Determination of organic acids in air and in materials
  • Investigations into the functionality of surface catalytic active materials 

Indoor Air Quality Measurements

  • Determination of formaldehyde, flame retardants phthalic acid esters, diisocyanates, pesticides, PAH, VOC, ozone, carbon dioxide and TVOC in the indoor environment
  • TVOC in the indoor environment
  • Sensory testing
  • Mercury measurement of room air

RAL/Blauer Engel

Approved testing body for:

  • Furniture (RAL-UZ 38), adhesives for floor coverings (RAL-UZ 113), upholstered furniture (RAL-UZ 117), mattresses (RAL-UZ 119), elastic floor coverings (RAL-UZ 120), sealants (RAL-UZ 123), textile floor coverings (RAL-UZ 128), wooden toys (RAL-UZ 130), insulation materials (RAL-UZ 132), upholstery leather (RAL-UZ 148), underlays (RAL-UZ 156), floor coverings, panels and doors (RAL-UZ 176)
  • Office equipment with printing function (RAL-UZ 122/171), reconditioned printing modules (RAL-UZ 55

Odor measurement/Sensory assessment

  • GC/O for the determination of negative odors in consumer products
  • Human sensory assessment of odors in accordance with ISO 16000-28/AgBB Scheme

Building products 

  • Investigations in accordance with ISO-16000-3, -6, -9, -10, -11
  • Assessment in accordance with AgBB/DIBt-Scheme
  • Assessment in accordance with Grenelle de l'environnement, AFSSET

Consumer goods, furniture, fixtures and fittings

  • Investigations in accordance with ISO-16000-3, -6, -9, -10, -11
  • Assessment in accordance with national and international quality labels
  • Sensory tests
  • Testing of low-emission products in accordance with “Blauer Engel” (Blue Angel) criteria.
  • Testing of air purifiers according to GB/T 18801

Standardized measurement methods

  • Determination of total C in accordance with VDA 277        
  • Migration of elements in accordance with EN 71, Part 3      
  • Investigations in accordance with ISO 16000-3, -6, -9, -10, -11          
  • Investigations in accordance with ISO 22197 (in co-operation with the Fraunhofer IST)

Biocide analytic

  • Monitoring and certification of building authority-approved wood preservatives           
  • Monitoring of RAL quality-protected wood preservatives   
  • Investigation of degradation processes