ETC logoETC is a multidisciplinary research institute specialising in high level characterisation and analysis of a wide spectrum of materials. By fostering an interdisciplinary philosophy, it serves as a hub to the broader university community, encompassing bioengineering and biosciences, the environment, and an extensive range of engineering. Furthermore, ETC provides an accredited evaluation service to both local and international industries and a wealth of collaborative research opportunities for external research and development enterprises.

ETC was established as the Experimental Techniques Centre at Brunel University in 1979 in purpose built laboratories designed to accommodate high resolution electron microscopes and selected spectroscopic equipment. It has subsequently developed into a highly regarded cross-disciplinary centre specialising in high resolution physical and chemical analysis for Consultancy and Research.

The Centre comprises staff with expertise in the sciences and engineering, and forensic and environmental investigations, including expert witness roles in legal matters. UKAS Accreditation has been obtained for many of our Analytical Services which include microscopical, chemical, mineralogical and surface analyses.

The latest addition to our suite is a JEOL 2100 FEG-TEM a new transmission electron microscope (TEM). Equipped with a host of analytical features including cathodoluminescence, is only one of two such facilities in the world, and further enhances ETC’s attractiveness in adding value to collaborative research programmes. A full list of our investigation techniques can be found at Characterization Facilities. ETC also runs a range of advanced training courses in analytical techniques, which are endorsed by the Institute of Physics for CPD.

ETC clients include local, national and international companies, as well as university research groups. For further information on our work or services, or to obtain the website content in brochure format, please see Contact Details below, or get in touch with any of our Staff.


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Page last updated: Monday 22 June 2015