Deformation of materials in the laboratory

Reminder: deformation, what are we talking about?

The deformation, or otherwise called “reverse engineering”, consists in determining the nature and the quantities of materials present in a material or a formulation. In short, it consists in analyzing and fragmenting its chemical composition. 

The process of deformation of materials is used in various industrial contexts… 


  • Compare your material to the properties of a competing material (double-sourcing or multi-sourcing)

  • Analyze and determine the composition of an unknown material

  • To study the conformity of a material with respect to its data sheet or MSDS

  • To understand an unusual phenomenon on a material

In this area, FILAB has set up deformation services adapted to materials and solids such as powders, metal alloys, ceramics and polymers.

FILAB: a service dedicated to the deformation of materials

The success of a deformation of materials lies in a good knowledge of the targeted application and the implementation of rigorous analysis methods. Thus, it allows to characterize the chemical composition of the organic and mineral fractions.

The deformation of material implies a set of diversified and sometimes very sharp techniques as for example:


  • Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GCMS)

  • The DSC

  • Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LCMS)

  • ICP-MS



  • Deformation of polymers

  • Deformation of cosmetic products

  • Deformation of pharmaceutical products

  • Counterfeit analysis

All the results of a material deformation are then combined and interpreted according to the client’s context.

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

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