Polymer Char offers the broadest and most modern range of instruments and services for the structural characterization of polyolefins, such as Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC/SEC), Chemical Composition Distribution, Bivariate Distribution, High-Temperature HPLC, Soluble Fraction determination, Quality Control, Intrinsic Viscosity measurement, Preparative Fractionation or Infrared Detection.
Polymer Char is also well-known for its advanced approach to Virtual Instrumentation Software Architecture (VISA) that, together with excellent remote control capabilities and its strong commitment to Customer’s success, places the company at the leading edge on instrumentation diagnostics and technical support.
Together with its global network of partners and distributors, Polymer Char supplies, trains, and supports customers worldwide. The company provides analytical services to more than 35 countries, and its instruments are present
today in over 25 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, predominantly serving Polymer Producers and Processors, Government and Contract Research Laboratories, and Universities that work on polymer research.
In the last two decades and with an average annual investment of 20% of its manpower resources on R&D, Polymer Char has played a key role in the development of most of the existing polyolefin characterization technologies, such as CRYSTAF, CRYSTEX, CEF, automated CFC, and TREF, or GPC with IR detection. Each new project, each new analysis, makes clearer Polymer Char recognition as The Polyolefin Characterization Company.
In the area of polyolefin analysis, you can rely on Polymer Char’s technical excellence, expertise, and overall Customer commitment, together with high-quality solutions and good service.
As you browse through the website, you will find a large set of tools, patented technologies and superb engineering to support the challenging field of polyolefin characterization.
We know of the instrument complexity demanded to characterize polyolefins, and how tedious lab operations may become in this field. With a strong commitment to innovation, and working close to our customers, Polymer Char has pursued a new scenario of automation, speed, and ease of use. We have developed and patented new technologies to analyse the chemical composition distribution, like CEF, a standard in the industry that is also able to operate in TGIC mode, or the benchtop CFC and SGIC instruments. We put more resources than ever before towards developing our best high temperature GPC solution the GPC-IR®- which is also the instrument of reference in its field and will soon be coming with new detectors. We have developed a series of quality control instruments to provide fast results to better monitor products and processes. We launched the LabAid solutions to make things easier in the daily lab operations. We are continuously hiring good and talented people.
While these are just some examples of how we are energizing our business to adapt to our customers’ needs, we are also running a series of initiatives that will ensure that our organization becomes more efficient and sustainable. We have initiated an internal engagement program which includes a series of events in which all employees take part, including sponsoring sport events. We are bringing experts from various disciplines to our site to share their learnings. By the end of 2020 we will inaugurate a new Analytical Laboratories Center next to our headquarters in Valencia. This will showcase a state-of-the-art lab and ensure there is full dedication and greater performance in our analytical services business.
Polymer Char has become a mark that represents excellence. We are well recognized by the talent and attitude of our employees, which is also extended to our official distributors.
Looking forward, you have our commitment that we will continue guiding our business with true dedication to our customers, a relentless effort to continuously improve our solutions, a responsible position towards the environment, and integrity and ethical principles on everything we do.
Benjamín Monrabal Bas
Founder and CEO
Benjamin Monrabal, was born in 1946 in Valencia, Spain. He received a Chemical Engineering degree from the Instituto Químico de Sarriá in Barcelona; and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A. From 1970 until 1992 he worked at The Dow Chemical Company, where he was appointed Associate Scientist for his technical contributions to the Polyolefin business, standing out with the invention and patent of the CRYSTAF technique.
In 1992 he founded Polymer Char, with the vision of developing a commercial and fully automated CRYSTAF instrument and other equipment based on new techniques designed to provide important microstructural information on the characterization of polyolefins.
Over the past three decades, Benjamin Monrabal has invented the CEF separation technique which is patented, and has been responsible for creating a new approach in high-temperature GPC/SEC. During his career, and complementary to his work as General Manager and R&D Director of Polymer Char, he has authored many publications on Polyolefin Characterization, and is collaborating with various Universities, Research Institutes, and leading Polymer companies in the development of new methodologies for extensive characterization of Polyolefins. He has also been a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, and Journal of Liquid Chromatography.
Establishment of Polymer Char by Dr. Benjamin Monrabal
The CRYSTAF Patent is issued and licensed to Dr. Monrabal
A CRYSTAF 100 prototype is presented at the Pittcon Tradeshow in Chicago, IL, USA
The first CRYSTAF 100 commercial unit is sold to a South Korean company
Development of the PREP mc2 and TREF systems
The first infrared detector dedicated for polyolefin analysis is engineered and designed
The IR4 detector is launched in a stand-alone version
The CRYSTAF-TREF system is launched
Development of the CRYSTEX instrument in collaboration with Solvay Polyolefins in Belgium
The first edition of the annual Users Training Meeting (UTM) is organized
The CEF system is developed and patented
· The IR5 detector and CFC instrument are developed
· The first edition of the International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization (ICPC) is held in Houston, TX, USA
Launch of GPC-IR, the only one of its kind for high temperature polyolefin analysis
The corporate offices are moved to a brand new 20,000 ft2 building
Development of the GPC One Software
· Rebranding of the corporate image and identity
· A renowned expert in GPC, Dr. Wallace Yau becomes Scientific Advisor to Polymer Char
A new line of instruments for QC is launched with the introduction of CRYSTEX QC
Expansion of the QC line with the introduction of new instruments: CRYSTEX 42 and GPC-QC
A line of accessories destined to facilitate daily laboratory operations is launched under the brand of LabAID
The External Filtration System is the first accessory launched under LabAID
Launch of the Solvent Handling Trolley (SHT) to improve safety levels in the laboratory
Polymer Char celebrates its 25th Anniversary