Centre for Characterization of Materials (CCM)

Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec
What the facility does

Laboratory characterization of various solid materials, including nanometric powders, catalysts, mine tailings, rocks, ceramics, rubbers, plastics and thermoplastics. 

Area(s) of Expertise

The CCM has 42 pieces of cutting-edge scientific equipment and brings together a number of professionals (chemists, engineers, biologist and physician). We have been involved in research work with university professor-researchers and research centres for over ten years. We also provide services to companies.

Research Services

Laboratory analysis services using a variety of scientific equipment, including thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray microtomography (microCT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), surface chemical characterization (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy ‒ XPS), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface porosimetry, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and many more.

Sectors of Application
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • 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

Centre for Characterization of Materials

SC632, TCH600 and TruSpec Micro

Quantification of copper, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen (CHNS/O)


Hydro 2000S laser particle size analyser

Analysis of particle size dispersion


ASAP 2020 physisorption analyser

Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface analysis, size distribution and pore volume


FT-Raman spectroscope

Material molecular composition


Photoelectron spectrometer (XPS)

Surface chemical characterization (nano depth)


Secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS)

Surface elemental composition


X-ray micro-scanner

2D and 3D X-ray imaging


Powder diffractometer (XRD) with in situ chamber (900°)

Identification and quantification of crystalline phases


X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser

Identification and quantification of chemical elements


Laser flash analyser

Measurement of materials’ thermal diffusivity


Thermal analysers: thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermomechanical analysis (TMA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), mass spectrometry (MS)

Measurement of physical and chemical changes


Variable pressure scanning electron microscope (VPSEM)



High-resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM)

Powerful magnification imaging


Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) unit linked to the HRSEM

Identification and quantification of chemical elements


Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

Imaging with ultra-fine cold cuts


Chemisorb 2750

Measure of active sites quantity at the surface sample