Multi-layer analysis of material surfaces in the laboratory

You want to perform multi-layer analysis on the surface of your materials?

Surface and multilayer analysis in a few words...

What is called a surface is a vulnerable zone where the interactions between the material and its environment take place. This area is endowed with several so-called specific characteristics, so that the material responds to the performance afterwards. 

As for the multi-layer surface analysis, it is an analysis performed on several surface layers of a material. It is a method of analysis widely used to determine the composition of the surface of a material.

Indeed, the multi-layer analysis of the surface of a material makes it possible to determine the number of layers, the composition of each as well as to measure the thickness of each one.

Why perform a multi-layer analysis on the surface of your materials?

The multi-layer analysis on your materials allows you, first of all, to determine with precision the composition of the surface of your materials. Moreover, it is an essential analysis when studying the failure of your materials. Indeed, several failures can be observed such as corrosion, coating failure, adhesion problems…

Thus, the knowledge of the properties and surface states of a material can allow you to adapt your manufacturing processes. Thus, it is possible to implement specific processes to your needs.

FILAB supports you in the multi-layer analysis of the surface of your materials

Through our three levels of services: analysis, expertise and R&D support, FILAB assists companies of all sectors in the multi-layer analysis of the surface of materials. FILAB provides its customers with the know-how and experience of its team as well as a 2100m² analytical park with state-of-the-art equipment.

In addition, FILAB has significant experience in the implementation of multilayer analysis of material surfaces and the development of specific methods. 

Our technical means

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy SEM-EDX 

  • Time-of-flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

examples of services

  • Study the morphology of the surface of a material (porosity, roughness,...)

  • Study failures and surface defects (cracks, breaks, migration, corrosion...)

  • Conducting aging studies

  • Develop surface treatments

  • Identify surface pollution (analysis of particles, deposits, etc.)

  • Characterize the surface treatment baths

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

Caroline KURZAWA R&D Project Engineer
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