Brunel Experimental Techniques Centre (ETC)

In-House Facilities

image426ETCbrunel has a fully equipped on-site instrument room and associated preparation laboratories. Below is a full list of the available equipment, for more details on potential applications please see our Analytical Services page or contact a member of our team.

UKAS accredited techniques

Facilities 1

Additional techniques

  • Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Analysis (WDXA)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS)
  • Light Microscopy (LM)
  • Contact Angle Measurement
  • UV/VIS/NIR Spectroscopy
  • UV Processing
  • Fatigue testing

Phase Contrast/ bright Field Microscope

New Facilities


ETC is delighted to announce the acquisition of a new JEOL Transmission Electron Microscope.

The recently installed JEOL2100 field emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEG TEM) is a state of the art high resolution microscope capable of imaging objects at the sub-nanometer scale. Equipped with X-ray analysis, electron energy filtering, electron energy loss spectrometry, tomography and cathodoluminescence (all provided by Gatan), this instrument is unique in the UK and only one of two in the world.

The acquisition of this microscope will advance the high quality research performed at Brunel University in the fields of materials science, metallurgy, biological sciences and environmental science.

For the first year Brunel users will be able to use the instrument free of charge for their research.

For general enquiries regarding research and collaboration, please contact Professor Ian W Boyd, Director of ETC,

Also to celebrate the development of its facilities ETC is pleased to announce the ETC Brunel Technology Fellow Program.

To book training for our new TEM please contact
Dr Alan Reynolds,

To book time slots to book the instrument operated by one experienced member of ETC staff please contact

Our instrument is unique in acquiring simultaneously the EELS and CL signal. This specialised measurement may be possible from the second week of July. If interested please contact with Dr Alan Reynolds or Prof Ian Boyd to discuss further details.


The TEM Machine at ETC

Associated Facilities

image432We also have access to the following techniques, through reciprocal arrangements
  • Particle sizing
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Mechanical Testing of materials
  • Mossbauer Spectroscopy

ETC Brunel Technology Fellow Program

ETC is offering three Technology Fellowships in the academic year 2014-2015.

Awards will be made to researchers who are deemed by the selection panel to have strong potential for innovative contributions to their field of speciality R&D that are also relevant to, and require the use of, ETC capabilities, and in particular, the new FEG-TEM.

ETC Brunel Technology Fellow award is a pre-paid access to ETC staff and facilities over an uninterrupted 12 months period.

ETC fellows will remain a full-time member of their parent departments, Institutes, or Schools and undertake their normal academic and administrative duties as defined by their usual management structure. They will, however, after suitable training, benefit from priority and unrestricted access to ETC facilities, co-publish with ETC staff, and aim to submit at least one major collaborative research proposal within their 12 months tenure. Successful candidates may be invited to re-apply for a second 12-month Fellowship, but in competition with any new candidates.

Applicants must either be:

1. Permanent, early career, academic staff.

2. New academics who expect to begin during 2014-2015.

3. Research fellows who have already obtained, or expect to obtain during 2014, a fully-funded fellowship from a recognised funding body.

Details on Submission, Review and Award Process area available here.


Please call a member of staff to discuss instrument use.

Registered internal users can check instruments availability here, email to make a booking, and should bring a signed authorisation form when coming to use the instruments.

New users should visit ETCbrunel prior to making a booking in order to discuss their requirements.

Page last updated: Monday 12 August 2013