Deformulation is the analysis of a complex, unknown material in order to identify and quantify its constituent elements. The ideal, complete deformulation study begins with an unknown material and ends with a detailed report of its composition, including a breakdown of its additive package and insight into the manufacturing process. Also known as reverse engineering, deformulation may be performed on a broad range of product forms, ranging from raw materials up to and including fabricated components.
The clear establishment of project goals is a crucial first step in beginning a deformulation study. Rarely is a complete deformulation—an extensive, costly process—required to resolve most of our client problems.
Instead, Cambridge Polymer Group will provide the expertise to guide you to the correct analysis for your application. For example, if you are attempting to determine the composition of a hair gel that you have been packaging for years but is no longer supplied, then the exact scent is unimportant and what is critical is the composition of the gelling compound.
We will help you zero in on what information is actually important to you and test, in a relevant manner, the material you supply. Through this approach the project is only as complex as it needs to be, and the costs to you are therefore reduced.
There are different levels of deformulation analysis that may be performed on any given material:
Polymers in particular may contain a broad range of additives that influence material behavior. Deformulation may be used to identify and quantify:
Deformulation may leverage a broad range of analytical techniques, which CPG has extensive experience with:
Email us or call us at 617-629-4400 to find out how CPG can help with your deformulation.