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 facility 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



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