Materials Analysis Facility

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Measurement of porosity and size from nanometre to millimetre

Areas of expertise

Through a complete range of analytical techniques, the facility provides characterization of pore size distribution, particle size and potentially shape. Data collection can be improved with data analysis.

Research services
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Small-angle X-ray scattering
  • Particle zeta-potential measurement
  • > 2 microns particle imaging and analysis
  • Nitrogen and argon, adsorption/desorption isotherms
  • Mercury porosimetry
Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Specialized lab



Material Analysis Facility

Anton Paar SAXSess

Small-angle X-ray scattering


Cordouan Wallis

Zeta-potential analyzer


Cordouan Vasco-2

Dynamic light scattering


Quantachrome PoreMaster 60

Mercury porosimetry


Quantachrome Autosorb-IQ with cryostat

N2 and Ar adsorption isotherms


Fluid Imaging FlowCAM

Particle size/shape distribution analysis