Salford Analytical Services offers a centre of excellence for microscopy studies. The microscopy suite is equipped with state of the art electron and optical microscopes, enabling SAS to provide a dedicated microscopy service to both research and process technical support.

We can provide the following services:

Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • Particle shape and size (crystal habit)
  • Surface morphology
  • Quantitative EDX analysis from boron to heavy metals
  • Contamination studies down to 1 micron

 Dual Beam SEM-FIB

  • Lithography
  • TEM sample preparation for hard and soft materials

Transmission Electron Microscopy

  • Crystallographic and compositional information
  • Internal morphology
  • Primary particle shape and size (crystal habit)
  • Aggregation studies
  • Thin film characterisation
  • EDX
  • EELS

Light Microscopy

  • Incident and transmission light imaging
  • Differential interference contrast (DIC)

Surface Profiling – AFM/White Light Interferometry

  • Thin film thickness
  • Surface roughness measurements