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- Analysis of solids or liquids where sample size or quantity is very small;
- Characterization of particles in and on the surfaces of metals, sludges, scales, paints, liquids, filters, paper, polymers;
- Identification of wear particles in oils and lubricants.
Microanalysis of unknown materials and particle contaminants is routinely conducted on a wide variety of solid, sludge, and liquid samples at Spectro Chem. Capabilities include several types of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence elemental analysis, and FTIR-microscopy.
Optical microscopy is used to characterize particles or fibers based on their size, shape, and number. It can be used to determine if a sample is relatively homogeneous or heterogeneous, and allows individual particles to be selected from the sample for further analysis.
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) permits particles to be examined at various magnifications. The associated x-ray fluorescence analyzer (EDS) is used to identify the specific elements which make up the particle. All elements heavier than boron can be detected.
FTIR-microscopy facilitates the analysis of individual particles as small as 10 microns.