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Filab, materials characterization laboratory

The FILAB laboratory offers a physico-chemical analysis and characterization service for all types of materials.

Materials science studies the properties, structure, synthesis and manipulation of materials to create new materials with improved performance. The FILAB laboratory's engineers and PhDs are supported by technical resources located in the 2100 m² Analytical Park.

Materials characterization is the process of evaluating and describing the physical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic and other properties of materials.

Why characterize materials?

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Compatibility of the material with the product's end use
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Evolution of the material over time or in the face of different environments
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Conformity materials with respect to current standards
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Performance of material

Each material has its own characteristics, whose properties will govern the performance of the final product. Indeed, the criteria for choosing a material can affect its chemical nature, composition, shape (granulometry, crystallinity, morphology, etc.), surface finish and so on. From shaping to use of the final product, it is essential to ensure the conformity of the materials used and to control the risks of failure (cracks, breakage, corrosion, etc.).

The support and experience of a laboratory specializing in material characterization or materials research enables you to optimize your production processes with more suitable materials, and to accurately analyze the causes of and remedies for failures in your products and materials.

Our services

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Analysis of chemical composition and deformation

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Morphological study of materials

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Assessment of material failures: breakage, delamination, pollution, degradation, corrosion, adhesion, etc.

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Characterization of metal powders

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Characterization of PAH powders

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Surface analysis of materials: surface treatment, number of layers, deposition, surface finish

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Study of extractables and releasables from materials

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Nanomaterials analysis

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Extreme surface study

The FILAB laboratory offers a physico-chemical analysis and characterization service for all types of materials.

Characterization

Metal alloys

• Composition and deformation analysis
Composition and deformation analysis
Do you want to ensure the conformity of your metal alloys by studying alloys by studying their chemical composition? What's more, deformation techniques allow you to deepen your understanding of your alloys. understanding of your alloys.
• Expertise on failures
Expertise on failures
Have metal alloy defects analyzed to understand their causes and consequences. We can carry out in-depth failure studies for you, to gain a better understanding of the nature and extent of defects.
• Extreme surface study
Extreme surface study

The surface of a material is where all the interactions with its environment take place, potentially altering its performance and protection. Surface analysis refers to the analysis of a surface on a nanometric scale.

• Impurity analysis
Impurity analysis
Analysis of impurities on a metal alloy: how can they affect performance?
• On-site pollution analysis
On-site pollution analysis
Quickly analyze pollution on your metal parts with our state-of-the-art analytical equipment. Easily identify the nature of the pollution and take the necessary steps to remedy it.
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Polymers and composites

• Extreme surface study
Extreme surface study

Get a nanoscale analysis to better understand the keys to materials performance and protection.

• Dosing of hazardous substances
Dosing of hazardous substances
• Determination of molecular weight
Determination of molecular weight
• Polymer deformation
Polymer deformation
Discover what's inside your products with polymer deformation. This technique allows you to determine the nature and quantities of materials present in a formulation within a material. Reveal a product's true chemical composition with this in-depth analysis.
• Analysis of chemical composition
Analysis of chemical composition
FILAB analyzes the chemical composition of metal alloys in the laboratory specific analyzers (C and O) and ICP.
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Surface analysis

• Extreme surface study
Extreme surface study
The surface of a material is crucial to its interaction with the environment and performance and protection. Surface analysis at the nanoscale to understand the challenges your material faces.
• Analysis of chemical composition
Analysis of chemical composition
• Morphological analysis
Morphological analysis
Explore the structure and layers of your samples with our analysis services, using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Uncover hidden details and measure the thickness of individual layers.
• Failure analysis
Failure analysis
Whether due to an internal manufacturing problem or a customer return, a product failure can have repercussions on its reliability, strength and performance. performance. Discover the reasons behind these failures and the consequences they entail.
• Development and validation of surface treatment processes
Development and validation of surface treatment processes
FILAB offers technical and human solutions to help manufacturers detect and understand defects in organic or metallic processes. Don't let failure problems slow you down. Rely on our expertise.
• Surface treatment analysis
Surface treatment analysis
Organic or metallic treatments can lead to failure problems over time, or due to poor compatibility with the product's environment. To detect and understand these defects, FILAB offers manufacturers its technical and human resources.
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Ceramic and glass

• Analysis of ceramics and glass
Analysis of ceramics and glass
Our state-of-the-art analytical facilities at FILAB are capable of performing characterizations on ceramics and glass.
• Analysis of chemical composition and deformation
Analysis of chemical composition and deformation
• Morphological study of materials
Morphological study of materials
Visual analysis of a sample using high-performance imaging techniques, such as microscopy or scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thanks to these methods, you'll be able to better measure the thickness of the different layers present.
• Crystallographic characterization
Crystallographic characterization
Optimize the performance of your materials by studying their atomic composition using XRD.
• Determining physical properties
Determining physical properties
• Morphological and microstructural expertise and failure studies
Morphological and microstructural expertise and failure studies
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Powders

• Characterization of metal powders according to Ma-0015
Characterization of metal powders according to Ma-0015
Characterization of metal powders to Ma-0015 standard for additive manufacturing.
• Characterization of PAH powders
Characterization of PAH powders
Analysis and characterization of your hydroxyapatite powders (HAP) carried out to ISO 13779-6 standard, by the FILAB laboratory.
• Morphological study
Morphological study
Uncover a sample's hidden secrets with our advanced imaging techniques such as optical microscopy or scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As well as revealing relevant details, these methods also tell you about the thickness of the different layers present.
• Purity control
Purity control
The quality of a powder will play a decisive role in improving its final results. That's why the FILAB laboratory carries out powder control analyses to support your manufacturing processes.
• Characterization of organic powders
Characterization of organic powders

What analysis techniques can be used to characterize materials?

The FILAB laboratory's analytical facilities cover 2100 m² and offer a range of techniques to best meet your material characterization needs. In addition, the laboratory invests heavily every year in its analytical facilities to maintain its high-performance technical resources.

Our techniques

Organic fraction analysis

IRTF, GC-MS, HPLC

Surface analysis

SEM, AFM, TOF-SIMS, XPS

Analysis of the mineral fraction

ICP, SEO, XRD, Elemental analysers

Thermal analysis

ATG, Py-GCMS, DSC

Other

BET, Optical Microscope, Helium Pycnometry, GPC, DMA/TMA, Goniometer, Granulo Laser, IGA, ...

Our FAQ

What is material characterization technology?

Materials characterization is a technique that has evolved over time. It became a formal field of scientific research at the beginning of the 20th century with the development of microscopy.

It is an essential step in understanding their properties and performance. Numerous techniques are available to scientists and engineers to characterize a material, ranging from microscopy to spectroscopy.

Materials characterization is a technique used to determine a material's chemical composition, crystalline structure, microstructure, morphology, mechanical and thermal properties... The choice of technique depends on the type of material to be characterized, the precision required and the information required.

What tools are used to characterize materials?

Some of the most commonly used tools for materials characterization include:

  • microscopy (optical, electron, confocal, atomic force),
  • spectroscopy (infrared, Raman, and other types of optical and radiation spectroscopy),
  • X-ray diffraction,
  • calorimetry,
  • rheology,
  • thermogravimetric analysis,
  • and mass spectrometry.

What is materials science?

Materials science studies the structure, properties and performance of materials. It enables us to understand the relationship between a material's chemical composition, internal structure, physical properties, performance and applications.

Materials science encompasses fields such as physics, chemistry, materials engineering and other related sciences. Materials scientists study a wide variety of materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and semiconductors. The aim is to develop new materials with improved properties, or to improve existing materials.

What does materials chemistry consist of?

Materials chemistry is the study of materials from a chemical point of view: structure, composition, reactions. It plays an essential role in the discovery and development of new materials.

Analytical techniques used in materials chemistry include chemical synthesis and spectroscopy. But also advanced characterization techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, to examine the properties of materials at the atomic scale.

The filab advantages
A highly qualified team
A highly qualified team
Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests
Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests
A COFRAC ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
A COFRAC ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
(Staves available on www.cofrac.com - Accreditation number: 1-1793)
A complete analytical park of 2100m²
A complete analytical park of 2100m²
Tailor-made support
Tailor-made support
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