Reverse engineering of plastic (polymer) matter

Your needs: to identify the chemical composition of a polymer or composite material

You are looking to reverse engineer polymer or composite materials with the aim of :

  • Determining the chemical composition of a reference material
  • Verifying that polymers comply with their Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Comparing the physicochemical properties of multiple plastic products 

Our solution: to provide you with a wide range of diverse techniques for characterizing polymers

Our laboratory’s analytical services

For over 30 years, FILAB laboratory has had the experience and specific analytical fleet to be able to assist companies in physiochemically characterizing their plastic and polymer materials.

FILAB is able to provide a combination of analytical techniques to reverse engineer a polymer by studying their properties and chemical composition of your polymers :

  • Infrared microscopy (FTIR) : polymer family identification
  • GC-MS : detection of organic additives
  • ICP : detection of mineral elements (fillers and additives)
  • SEM FEG EDX : dimensional and morphological observations
  • GPC : molecular weight measurement
  • Py-GC-MS : characterization of the presence of organic additives
  • TGA-FTIR : identification of released gasses based on temperature
  • XRD : study of crystalline phases
  • DSC : polymerization measurements


As an independent laboratory with a team made up of highly qualified personnel, FILAB guarantees the reliability of its results, a quick turnaround for requests and tailored support for clients.

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

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