Materials Identification

Traditional chemical and physical/rheological testing usually requires the general type of material to be relatively well understood. Most chemical testing labs require a target list of potential materials in the sample to quantify, and if there are components present that are not targeted, they generally won’t be found. Unfortunately, knowing what to look for in a sample isn’t always possible. Whether it’s a mysterious green residue found at a dig site, or a material included in a new product that may not represent the original design, the MicroVision Labs’ approach of combining comprehensive testing methods provides results on a wide variety of projects.

Elemental Mapping
By overlaying the EDS elemental data on the corresponding SEM image, our new EDS detectors can rapidly produce vivid color elemental maps. The colors on the map represent the elemental make-up of the imaged area. This allows one to quickly and easily interpret the components present in the sample. Save a thousand words and use one of these pictures in your next project.


CT_EDS Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
The EDS detector identifies the elements within a sample while it is being examined with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). This ability allows an analyst to determine the elemental make-up of minute particles in a matter or seconds. EDS has an almost unlimited number of applications and makes the SEM the most powerful and versatile analytical tool around today. When you need to know what’s in your sample, give us a call.


Light Microscopy/Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
Light microscopy allows for the examination of optical and structural properties of a variety of samples. Optical properties such as polarization and birefringence help to differentiate between fibers, minerals, ceramics, biological materials and opaque materials including paints, coatings and metallic particles. This allows a wide range of particles to be quickly and effectively identified and quantified by an experience analyst.


CT_FTIR Micro-Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) Spectroscopy
FTIR is used to identify organic compounds (polymers, biological materials, oils, waxes, etc.) and provides structural information about the manner in which they are assembled. Our Micro-FTIR combines a light microscope with an automated stage which allows us to obtain spectra from very small samples (~10um) as well as producing 3D organic compositional maps. Let us help with all your IR needs.


Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
SEM allows for high magnification surface examinations of a wide variety of samples. Providing brilliant resolution as well as incredible depth of field, the SEM, especially when combined with EDS, is often considered the most powerful analytical tool of our time. Let us show you why.


Unknown Material ID
Useful when you have a solid, liquid, gel, powder, fiber, or multiphase material of unknown origin that needs to be identified. By using a combination of microscopy techniques and in-house methods we are able to categorize your sample if not identify it specifically. Let us take the “un” out of your unknown.