Why did the plastic water tube fail? How can you simplify the manufacture of polymer products? How can you design a product that will perform under pressure?
The newest member of our team is highly qualified to answer these questions and more: Meet Chris Murphy.
Chris comes to us with 10 years of industry experience in progressive materials analysis and specialized knowledge in state-of-the-art analytical techniques for polymers and plastics. He’s also worked with research groups at the University of Minnesota in the synthesis and characterization of novel, polymer-based materials.
Read on to learn more about Chris and how he developed his passion for all things related to failure analysis, degradation, quality assurance, and reverse engineering.
Q&A with Innovatech’s Newest Thermal Analysis Expert
Innovatech: When did you know that you were interested in chemistry?
Chris: While I was growing up, my Grandpa taught me a lot about chemistry, which eventually sparked an interest in the subject.
Innovatech: What led you to pursue chemistry in your education?
Chris: After I completed my generals in my freshman year of college, I knew I wanted to have a career in STEM-type work. I chose chemistry because it is a subject that is relevant in many industries and because I had a prior interest in the subject.
Innovatech: How did your education lead to a career?
Chris: During my time as a student at the University of Minnesota, I participated in an undergraduate research program where I worked alongside post-doc researchers in developing and characterizing new polymer materials. The polymer characterization skills I learned from this work helped me get my first post-graduation job working as an analyst in a polymer characterization lab.
Innovatech: What made you decide to work with Innovatech Labs?
Chris: During my career, I ended up specializing primarily in thermal analysis, which includes Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravitational Analysis (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), and Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA). I actually worked with Innovatech, using their analytical platforms, before I started working for them!
So, when I heard that Innovatech Labs was looking for an analytical chemist to help launch their new thermal analysis program, I decided I wanted join the company and help achieve this goal.
Innovatech: What’s one interesting problem you’ve solved or mystery you’ve uncovered in your career so far?
Chris: One past project I found particularly interesting was a failure analysis of some CPVC water piping. Cracking had developed in the pipe that eventually led to leakage. A section of the cracked pipe was submitted to my lab for a plastics failure analysis. We determined that an incompatible flame retardant caulking had been applied to the pipe, which had led to environmental stress cracking within the pipe walls.
Contact Innovatech Labs for Thermal Analysis and Much More
At Innovatech, we are specialized in materials analysis and providing the best support to our clients. That’s why we’re proud to have Chris join us — he cares about the science and the customer support side, just like the rest of the Innovatech Labs team.
Contact us if you need help troubleshooting performance problems, refining the manufacturing process, and more.