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Analytical Services

World-class instrumentation for the physical characterization of soft material properties.

Analytical Services

We offer range of analytical services that are unique in their nature. Our focus in on the physical characterization of fats and oils, in particular polymorphism, melting behavior, microstructrure and solid fat content. We have strong expertise in rheology as well. These unique capabilities are managed by permanent full-time staff, ensuring a quick turnaround. From a few analyses to major analytical projects, we offer the correct service for you. Our analytical services include the input/advice of Dr. Alejandro Marangoni and his expert team when necessary. A list of the analytical equipment available in our laboratory can be found below.

For any queries please contact:

Fernanda Peyronel
Manager
FHA Laboratory
Dept. of Food Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G2W1
Canada
Fsvaikau@uoguelph.ca

EquipmentMakerModel
Equipment:
Dynamic Rheometer
Maker:
Anton Parr
Graz, Austria
Model:

MCR 302
Running Rheoplus /32 V3.62

Equipment:
Dynamic Rheometer
Maker:
TA Instruments
New Castle, USA
Model:

AR 2000
Running Universal Analysis

Equipment:
Light/ Polarized Microscope
Maker:
Olympus
USA
Model:

BH with a CCD Sony Black-white camera XC-75

Equipment:
Light/Polarized/ Fluorescent Microscope
Maker:
Leica
Germany
Model:

CTR DM RXA2 with a Hammamatsu digital camera C11440
Running Velocity software

Equipment:
Differential Scanning Calorimeter
Maker:
Mettler Toledo
Model:

DSC 1 STARe system with a sampler robot
Running STARe software

Equipment:
Differential Scanning Calorimeter
Maker:
TA Instruments
Model:

Q200
Running Universal Analysis

Equipment:
Powder X-Ray Diffractometer
Maker:
Rigaku
Japn
Model:

Multiflex version 3.0.0.0 for the software.
Jade 9.5 for data analysis

Equipment:
Low Resolution pulsed Nuclear magnetic Analyzer
Maker:
Bruker
Milton, ON, Canada
Model:

MiniSpec mq20.firmware v2.50 rev .06software v 2.58 revision to 12/Nt/XP
Capability of controlling the measurement cell temperature

Equipment:
Waterbath-Programmable
Maker:
Neslab
Newington, USA
Model:

RTE-111
RS232 connector

Equipment:
Waterbath - Shaking
Maker:
Thermo Scientific
Marietta, OH, USA
Model:

Precision

Equipment:
6 Waterbaths
Maker:
Fisher Scientific
Various locations
Model:

Equipment:
Homogenizer - Rotostator
Maker:
IKA
Staufe, Germany
Model:

Magic Lab

Equipment:
Analytical Balance
Maker:
Ohaus
Model:

Discovery. 5 digits precision

Equipment:
Analytical Balance
Maker:
Sartorius
Gottingen, Germany
Model:

GMBH 4 digits up to 200g

Equipment:
Analytical Balance
Maker:
Sartorius
Model:

4 digits 200g/0.1mg

Equipment:
Analytical Balance
Maker:
Mettler Instruments
Zurich, Switzerland
Model:

PJ3600
1 kg max.

Equipment:
Analytical Balance
Maker:
Mettler Instruments
Zurich, Switzerland
Model:

PC 2000

Equipment:
Refractometer
Maker:
Rudolph Research
USA
Model:

J357
Temperature range:10°C to 100°C
589.3 nm, optical wavelength

Equipment:
Phase Analyzer
Maker:
Phase Technology
Richmond, Canada
Model:

PSA-70V-HT
Up to 60C and ramps up to 50deg/min

Equipment:
PH-Conductivity Meter
Maker:
Accumet
Model:

XL20

Equipment:
Ultrasonic Spectrometer
Maker:
VN Instrument
Elizabethtown, ON Canada
Model:

Contact transducer 2.25 MHz

Equipment:
OSCAR, Open source capacitance meter
Maker:
In House
Model:

Capable of measuring static dielectric values of oils and fats a very precise temperatures

Equipment:
Cooling Stage for microscope
Maker:
Linkam
Model:

TMS 93

Equipment:
Cooling and shearing cell for Microscope
Maker:
Linkam
Model:

CSS450

Equipment:
Graphic Table 6X11
Maker:
Intuos 3
Model:

PTZ-631W
Running in Mac Systems

Equipment:
Penetrometer
Maker:
Precision Scientific
Chicago, USA
Model:

PS

Equipment:
Water Activity Meter
Maker:
Aqua Lab by Decagon
Pullman, WA, USA
Model:

4 TEV with temperature control

Equipment:
Gloss Meter
Maker:
KSJ Photoelectrical Instrument Co. Ltd.
Quanzhou, China
Model:

MG268-F2

Equipment:
Dropping Point machine
Maker:
Mettler
Model:

FP800

Equipment:
Sonicator
Maker:
Brandson Ultrasonic Corporation
Danbury, CT, USA
Model:

1210

Equipment:
Texture Analyzer
Maker:
SMS Material Test
Godalming, Surrey, UK
Model:

MT-LQ

Equipment:
Polytron hand-held homogenizer
Maker:
Kinematica AG
Switzerland
Model:

PT-1300 D

Equipment:
Spectrophotometer - Diode Array
Maker:
Beckman Instruments
Fullerton, California USA
Model:

DU 7400

Equipment:
Total polar compounds meter
Maker:
TESTO
Germany
Model:

270

Equipment:
Laminar Shear Crystallizer
Maker:
In House
Model:

100-1000s - shear rates available

 
 

Software Tools

Triglyceride Property Calculator (TPC): An R Shiny App

This Shiny App accepts user specified molecular composition and polymorphic form of a triglyceride (TAG) and generates estimates for enthalpy of fusion and melting temperature using Wesdorp Methods. When available, experimentally determined enthalpies of fusion and melting temperatures are provided for comparison.

Download Shiny App | Download Instructions | Try it on the web

An R-package for estimating Young's Modulus from Texture Profile Analysis

The package takes raw TPA data from a Texture analyzer and user specified geometry information, generates stress-strain curves and, subsequently, approximates the Young's Modulus of the sample data.

Download Package | Download Instructions