ETC is a multidisciplinary research institute specialising in high level characterisation and analysis of a wide spectrum of materials. By fostering an intercollegial 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 analytical 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.
During 2013, ETC celebrated the addition of a new transmission electron microscope (TEM) to its facilities. This JEOL 2100 FEG-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.
Our News section lists research project announcements, presentations and information on recent developments, and group details are summarised under: Information on our staff and their individual research interests.
ETC clients include local, national and international companies, as well as university research groups. Our research appears in highly cited, high impact refereed journals and is presented in international conferences across the world.