Many challenges within modern Home- and Personal Care technology can be addressed by using synchrotron and neutron radiation techniques. Complex molecules used as thickeners or other additives and their behaviour in cosmetic formulations can be characterised. By scattering methods, one can obtain valuable data about the organisation of micellular, vesicular and lamellar structures in detergent formulations such as silicone shampoos and emulsions.

Science Link offers Home- and Personal Care companies in the Baltic Sea Region access to experimental techniques applicable to a range of problems.

  • Analytics on macromolecules
  • Eamination of self assembly in formulations (micellular, vesicular or lamellar structures)
  • In-situ investigation at temperature dependent behaviour, stability and ageing of formulations or ingredients
  • Monitoring of the effects of cosmetics on the molecular structure of skin, fingernails and hair
  • Insights on rheologic activity of emulsions or rheology modifiers

The experimental techniques available include:

  • X-ray and neutron diffraction
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF)
  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS)
  • Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS)
  • X-ray and neutron reflectometry
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