ETC is a multidisciplinary research institute specialising in high level characterisation and analysis 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 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.
ETC Brunel is equipped with state of the art microscopy and spectroscopy facilities and a large range of sample preparation techniques to ensure most samples can be accommodated
Skilled staff provide a range of expert services including, material characterisation and optimisation, failure analysis, asbestos counting and more
ETC is involved in numerous research projects providing a wealth of experience in the preparation and analysis of a variety of materials
The Centre is staffed by a highly skilled team with expertise in the sciences, engineering 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 so that you may have further confidence in the results obtained. ETC clients include local, national and international companies, as well as university research groups.
A bespoke PECVD reactor allows for the deposition of hard wearing, low friction coatings on almost any substrate material
We offer training in electron microscopy and spectroscopy, as well as asbestos sampling and counting
Our team has a wide range of experience and expertise in the characterisation and analysis of biological, geological, metallic and polymer materials
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The latest addition to our suite is a Zeiss Crossbeam 340 scanning electron microscope (SEM) with focused ion beam, to complement the recently acquired JEOL 2100 FEG-TEM transmission electron microscope (TEM) with cathodoluminescence (CL). A full list of our investigation techniques can be found at our characterisation facilities page. ETC also runs a range of advanced training courses in analytical techniques, which are endorsed by the Institute of Physics for CPD. For further information on our work or services, or to obtain the website content in brochure format, please see contact details, or get in touch with any of our staff.