Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab (EMCLab)

Zoubeida Ounaies

317 Reber Building
University Park, PA 16802

814-867-4443 | zxo100@psu.edu

EMCL Facilities and Capabilities

The EMCL includes a range of characterization equipment for testing multifunctional properties of polymers, nanocomposites and active materials.

Thin Film Processing

Thin film processing in the ECML

Processing of polymer films:

  • Thermosets
  • Thermoplastics
  • Elastomers

Processing of polymer composite films with nanoinclusions:

  • Carbon nano fillers
  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Rods, spheres and whiskers

Differential Scanning Calorimeter: TA DSC Q2000

The DSC in the EMCL


  • Phase transition temperatures
  • Heat flows associated with thermal transitions

Equipped with 50 positions autosampler

Temperature range: -90°C to 400°C

Equipped with modulated DSC

Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer: TA RSA-G2

The Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer in the EMCL


  • Storage modulus
  • Loss modulus
  • Tan σ

Dual/Single Cantilever, 3-Point Bend, Shear Sandwich, Compression, Tension, Submersible Clamps

Temperature range: -150°C to 600°C

Frequency range: 0.02mHz to 100 Hz

Fume Hood

Using the fume hood in the ECML


  • Polymers
  • Polymer nanocomposites


  • Mechanical stirrers
  • Magnetic stirrers

Dispersion of nanoparticles:

  • Sonication bath
  • Sonication probe