What Is Deformulation?

Deformulation, also known as reverse engineering, is an advanced analysis service designed to meticulously analyze and dissect existing products or materials. The primary goal is to determine their components, formulations, and manufacturing processes. This intricate process entails thorough chemical and physical examinations to identify the composition and properties of the target substance. Through deformulation, we can reveal the essential elements of a product, delivering valuable insights to our clients.

Deformulation boasts a wide array of applications. Firstly, it plays a pivotal role in competitive intelligence analysis, empowering clients to gain insight into the composition and manufacturing processes of their competitors' products. This knowledge guides the research and production strategies. Second, deformulation services are indispensable to address product quality issues. When a product faces problems or fails to meet specifications, reverse engineering analysis can pinpoint the root causes. Furthermore, in legal disputes, having access to information about your competitors' product ingredients and manufacturing processes can bolster your case.

Services at Protheragen-ING

Services at Protheragen-ING

  1. Demand analysis: First, we conduct preliminary communication with the clients to understand the needs and goals. This requires clients to submit the product or material that needs analysis, along with information they want to know about, such as ingredients, manufacturing processes, etc.
  2. Sample collection and processing: Collect target samples and process these samples for subsequent analysis. Sample processing may include extraction, purification, dilution, or other necessary pretreatment steps to ensure that the sample is in optimal condition during analysis.
  3. Analysis: Chemical and physical analysis of samples is performed using advanced analytical instruments and techniques. Currently, our primary techniques encompass:
    Mass spectrometry (MS): This technique enables the identification and quantification of organic compounds within products, including drugs, fragrances, oils, and more.
    Infrared Spectroscopy (IR): IR spectroscopy is employed to identify and quantify inorganic compounds within products, such as metals, salts, oxides, and more.
    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR): NMR spectroscopy is utilized to identify and quantify polymer structures and compositions in products, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, and more.
    Thermal Analysis: This involves measuring the thermal properties of products, including the glass transition temperature, melting point, decomposition temperature, and more.
    Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): DSC is employed to measure the heat associated with phase transitions in products, such as crystallization heat, melting heat, curing heat, and more.
    Optical microscopy: This technique is used to observe the micro-morphology of products, including particle size, shape, distribution, and more.
  4. Data Interpretation and Report Generation: Data interpretation and analysis by experienced experts. They will identify organic and inorganic compounds, polymer structures, thermal properties, micromorphology and other properties in samples. The final report includes detailed information about the composition, formulation, and manufacturing process of the target product or material, as well as an in-depth understanding of its properties and characteristics.
    We will first provide an electronic report for the clients and their team to review and give some suggestions, and once agreed upon, we will provide a final paper report.
  5. Clients consultation: After the report is delivered, we still maintain communication with the clients and provide solutions to possible problems and follow-up processes.

Our deformulation service, supported by cutting-edge analytical instruments and our experienced team, is geared towards providing clients with a thorough understanding of the composition and properties of products, empowering them to make informed decisions and advancements in their respective fields. If you are interested in more information, please contact us.


Daily: 9.30 AM–6.00 PM
Sunday : 9.30 AM–1.00 PM
Holidays: Closed

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