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We measure the physical and chemical properties of surfaces, ranging from biological samples to electronic components
Understanding materials at the micron and nanoscale
Surface analysis techniques are key to the understanding and characterisation of surfaces used in advanced technology and innovation in industries such as aerospace, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health and electronics. Our world-leading surface technology research has helped industry to use new materials with confidence. We have developed more efficient catalysts, improved the delivery of drugs and supported the development of graphene.
Our expertise is based upon the underpinning scientific research we perform to support innovation, trade and industrial competitiveness, making this emerging research area accessible for real-world applications. We offer cost-effective solutions to a wide range of problems in areas such as graphene, polymers, sensors, biofilms and nanoparticles using the latest instrumentation.
We deliver solutions in world-class research facilities, with state-of-the-art techniques for surface analysis under vacuum, ambient or liquid environment. We specialise in:
We are helping industry to take advantage of emerging materials and their valuable properties
We accurately measure the chemistry of material surfaces
We use vibrational spectroscopic imaging to characterise complex samples
We develop techniques to analyse the smallest of materials to help industry rapidly realise their potential
We create international standards for surface materials to ensure compatibility and confidence
We offer a range of services to help industries to identify and put extremely small materials to use, even at the micro and nano level, including particle analysis and surface chemical analysis. Our experts have developed state-of-the-art techniques to enable the high resolution study and analysis of elements and purity, among many other features.
We have a number of freely-available publications, good practice guides and e-learning on nanoparticle surface chemistry. Search our comprehensive list of resources.