Our state of the art microscopy suite allows for detailed analysis of material physical properties, morphology, particle sizing and surface features, whilst our spectroscopy equipment reveals chemistry, elemental composition and bonding structures. Many of our services are UKAS accredited giving you further assurance of the quality of our analysis.
UKAS accredited services that are offered at ETC Brunel (lab nr 2245) include:
- Asbestos analysis of air filters, wipe samples, dust and bulk samples as well as water solutions;
- Qualitative and Quantitative chemical analysis by SEM
- Qualitative analysis by FTIR
- Qualitative analysis by XRD
Morphology and surface features
Our microscopy suite allows for detailed analysis of micro and nano-scale features at the sample surface as well as analysing the distribution of the material constituents within a sample.
Morphology, micro and nano-scale features / Topography
With our state of the art electron microscopy suit and extensive experience our microscopists can produce high resolution images of micro and nano-scale feature to allow you to better understand your materials characteristics. Atomic force microscopy also allows for 3D surface features to be measured for additional information.
SEM image showing nano-particles in a thermal paste
Polymer fracture surface
Micro-scale plastic fracture and deformations
AFM topographic image
AFM image showing surface of diamond-like carbon coating on steel
Nano-scale coating thickness can be measured accurately using AFM
Chemical composition and bonding structure
Our facilities allow for chemical analysis of most organic and inorganic materials in order to determine composition and bonding structures of your samples.
Composition map of mineral section
Composition breakdown of specific surface area
Compiled map highlighting filtered microplastics from wastewater
Spectrum confirming different polymers present
Using X-Ray techniques and ultra high resolution electron microscopy it is possible to determine and characterise structures of crystalline materials. From examining deposits in soil and clay samples, to discovering phases within metallics and their alloys, our range of equipment allows for detailed analysis of most materials.
Crystal structures and identification
Single Crystal X-ray analysis of phosphor
Spectra showing minerals present in rock samples
Grain distribution and orientation
EBSD of rolled tin
Grain size and orientation of rolled Sn
EBSD study of Mg alloy
Lattice structures and atomic spacing
TEM image of spinel
TEM image showing lattice structure in spinel
The ETC provides an expert service in Failure Analysis of engineering components and products. Using combination of microscopy and spectroscopy, along with other analytical techniques, we can determine the underlying causes of failure; whether this be due to a weakness in design, material properties or, more commonly, the effect of operational or environmental factors.
We have experience in the investigation of packaging materials and systems, marine structures, road and rail transport equipment, aerospace engineering, microelectronic devices and general engineering components