Surface Analysis and Chemical Characterisation

The Department of Chemistry has expert knowledge and facilities for surface characterization and surface modification equipment available for commercial clients.

The SAF can provides industry with a diverse range of equipment and a team of experienced staff to help analyse and modify surfaces.

The SAF takes a flexible approach to each client’s needs, utilising its facilities and expertise in a variety of ways to best suit the customer, including:

  • In-house equipment training
  • Consultancy services
  • Provision of data or full report

Surface Analysis and Chemical Characterisation

Based within the Chemistry Department SAF is at the heart of cutting edge research allowing the service to keep up to date with current techniques, trends and technologies to provide a comprehensive analysis of your material.

Knowledge of surface composition and structure can solve a variety of issues:

  • Adhesion failures and disbondments
  • Surface cleanliness and contamination
  • Coating defects
  • Drug coating and packaging issues

Available techniques include:

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
  • Drop Shape Analysis
  • Ellipsometry
  • X-ray Reflectometry
  • Surface Area Analysis
  • Particle Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy

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