Material characterization in a laboratory

Your needs: to call on a specialized laboratory to perform analysis and characterization services on your materials   

Each type of material has its own characteristics and properties which will influence the efficiency of the finished product. The criteria when choosing a material can be based on: its chemical nature, its composition, its morphology (PSD, crystallinity…), the state of its surface, etc.

The four main categories of materials are:

  • Metallic materials
  • Organic materials and polymers
  • Minerals and ceramics
  • Composite materials

Throughout their lifecycle these materials will face numerous outside constraints which in some cases can have an effect on their behavior or their stability. From the manufacturing process to the use of the final product it is essential to ensure that the materials used are in compliance with regulations and to monitor the risks of defects (fissures, ruptures, corrosion...) by using the following methods:

  • Using materials compatible with the end product
  • Studying the material’s behavior in various situations
  • Evaluating the quality and overall safety of the material
  • Conforming with any regulations relating to the material

With the support and the experience of a specialized laboratory you will be able to both optimize your manufacturing process with better suited materials and analyze the causes and solutions of any failures that may appear in your materials or finished products.


Our solution: to provide analytical and characterization services to clients

For over 20 years FILAB, experts in analysis and material characterization, have been making their multidisciplinary knowledge (covering polymers, metallic materials, ceramics and composite materials) available to customers and providing the following services :


  • Material characterization

  • Chemical characterization of materials following the ISO 10993-18 standard
  • Chemical analysis of materials
  • Metallographic examinations
  • Ceramic characterization
  • Glass characterization
  • Polymer characterization
  • Composite characterization
  • Characterization of metallic materials        
  • Strength and castability testing
  • Expert appraisal of materials


  • Surface characterization

  • Particulate contamination analysis
  • BET surface analysis
  • Surface treatment analysis (chemical baths, galvanization, metallic coatings…)
  • Coating thickness measurements 
  • Failure analysis

  • Ageing studies on materials
  • Pollutant identification and characterization (particulates embedded in various materials)
  • Chemical compatibility and biocompatibility testing
  • Identification and quantification of potential deterioration products in accordance with the ISO 10993 set.
  • Analysis and quantification of contaminants in the laboratory (residual solvents, heavy metals, phthalate, bisphenol A, ...)
  • Migration tests (analysis of container/contents interactions)
  • Our facilities

  • Organic analyses: GCMS, LC-MSMS, IC
  • Mineral analyses: ICP-AES, ICP-MS, XRD
  • Material and polymer characterization: SEM-FEG EDX, DSC, FTIR, TGA

 With three levels of services – analysis, expert appraisal and R&D support – FILAB assists companies from all sectors and of all sizes in overcoming their industrial challenges sharing our technical know-how and the wealth of experience of its team with clients.

  • Identification of polymers and copolymers by FTIR
  • Determination of thermal properties by DSC (Tg, Tf,…), physical-chemical properties,…
  • Determination of material condition (amorphous, semicrystalline, crystalline)
  • Crystalline phase studies
  • Identification of additives (slip agents, anti-UV additives, antioxidants, etc…)
  • Determination of mineral fillers
  • Detection and quantification of contaminants (residual solvents, heavy metals, phthalates, bisphenol A, …)
  • Global migration testing
  • Specific migration testing
  • Analysis of container/content interactions
  • Ageing studies
  • Pollution identification (particle inclusion)
  • Deformulation or reverse engineering (additives, aids,…)
  • Determination of polydispersity
  • Determination of the rate of cross-linking
  • Morphology studies (porosity)
  • Characterisation of surface defects and adhesion problems
  • Substitution of catalysts in line with the REACH regulations
  • Kinetics and reaction mechanism studies
  • Production process optimisation (cross-linking)
  • Chemical compatibility and biocompatibility studies


The positive aspects of FILAB

A highly qualified team

Reactiveness and quick processing time for requests

COFRAC ISO 17025 accredited laboratory

Complete analytical fleet spread over 2100m²

Tailored support for customers



·How to contact us ?

For more information, contact us via email at  or over the phone by calling +33 (0)3 80 52 32 05


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