Clean Technologies Research Institute; Facilities for Materials Characterization

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
What the facility does

Materials research, materials characterization

Area(s) of Expertise

The Facilities for Materials Characterization provides equipment for use by materials researchers from academic, industry and government laboratories.

Research Services

Materials characterization

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function 

 

Scanning electron microscope

30x to 500,000x in magnification; EDSfor elemental analysis and mapping; EBSD system for crystallographicinformation

 

Focused ion beam milling

Materials preparation and microsampling;

 

Physical property of materials

Rapid characterization of thermal, electrical and magnetic properties of materials

 

Differential scanning calorimeter

Measures temperatures and heat flows associated with transitions in a material

 

Scanning thermal microscope

Simultaneous thermal imaging and atomic force microscopy

 

FT-Raman spectrometer

Observes vibrational, rotational, and other low-frequency modes in a system

 

X-ray photoelectron spectrometer

Surface analysis

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource (NMR3)

High-field solid-state NMR spectrometer

Study of solid state material

 

Hot Press

Simultaneous compression and heating of specimens

 

GrindoSonic

Measures elastic properties in materials

 

Motion recorder/analyzer

High-speed camera and PCI board for image display, control and processing