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Analytical Equipment


3D Scanning and Analysis

The Breuckmann OptoTOP-HE Structured-light scanning technology is designed for surface scanning and 3D topography. It offers highly accurate measurements of surfaces, designed for documentation, study, analysis, and reconstruction of an object or a site.


Photogrammetry is the practice of determining geometric properties from photographic images. This technology is used in a variety of fields including; manufacturing, power, equipment design, engineering, construction, architecture, and archeology.


Compressed Fluid Technologies

The Warren Lasch Conservation Center utilizes High Temperature & Pressure Reactors:

  • Supercritical Fluids Technology – CO2 Drying of Organic Materials
  • Subcritical Fluids Technology: Metal Desalination for Corrosion Mitigation
Scanning Electron Microscope - EDS/WDS

Scanning Electron MicroscopeThe Hitachi S-3700N is designed for conventional and variable pressure microscopy with the ultra-large chamber. This unit allows observation of most samples in their natural state, or wet condition, without the need of a metal coating. Equipped with an Oxford INCAx-act EDS, and an INCAWave 500i WDS which provide accurate qualitative and quantitative elemental microanalysis.


  • ultra-large chamber (max 300mm dia.)
  • -25 oC to +50 oC Deben cooling stage
  • Secondary electron (SE) detector
  • Backscattered electron (BSE) detector
  • Environmental secondary electron (ESED) detector
  • Chamber Scope

Imaging CapabilityAdvantages of VP-SEM:

  • Possible analysis of vacuum sensitive materials, such as moist, liquid, or out-gassing samples
  • Possible analysis and imaging of non-coated, non-conductive materials with minimal local surface charging
  • Atmosphere within the Specimen chamber can be modified to facilitate examination of dynamic processes (wetting and drying) at high magnifications


Micro Raman Spectrometry

RamanThis spectroscopic technique is suitable for organic and inorganic materials. The instrument is a Bruker Optics SENTERRA dispersive Raman microscope equipped with the following:

  • 532nm, 633nm, and 785nm lasers
  • 20X and 50X bright field objectives
  • 10X, 20X, 50X long working distance
  • 60X water immersion objectives and computer-controlled x,y,z mapping stage


Handheld XRF

Handheld XRFThe Handheld Energy dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Tracer III-SD manufactured by Brucker AXS has a typical resolution of 145eV at 100Kcps. XRF is an analytical technique using the interactions of X-rays with a material to determine its elemental composition. It is suitable for solids, liquids, and powders and is widely used for Non-Destructive elemental analysis (metal, glass, ceramics, building materials, etc).

  • Light element analysis – Mg, Al, Si, P, S, and Cl
  • Adjustable Tube Voltage and Current Settings
  • High sensitivity to 1mg/cm
  • User-selectable filters/secondary targets (used to adjust the incident X-ray beam in both energy distribution and intensity)

FTIRThe Hyperion is a high-performance infrared microscope with transmission and reflection capabilities. The HYPERION FT-IR microscope is equipped with Ge ATR and 15X objectives, visible and IR polarizers, fluorescence accessory as well as binocular and video viewing. It has a fully automated motorized stage. The Tensor 27 is an FTIR spectrometer that can rapidly identify, quantify, and verify Routine samples equipped with Pike "MIRacle" single reflection diamond ATR accessory.

Analytical solutions for a wide variety of fields such as Pharmaceuticals, Food and Feed, packaging, organic chemistry, polymers, plastic, and/or coatings. Solutions can range from material and contamination identification to failure analysis.

Ion Chromatography

Ion ChromatographyThe Dionex ICS-90 integrated, single-channel, isocratic ion chromatography system can support the use of anion- and cation-exchange columns. The Dionex ICS-90 integrated, single-channel, isocratic ion chromatography system can support the use of anion- and cation-exchange columns. Chromelon® SE software controls the system and stores data, allowing simultaneous data analysis. The system is also equipped with a Dionex AS40 Automated Sampler able to hold up 66 vials.

This system permits the quantification of ions in water solutions to concentrations as low as 10 parts per billion. The WLCC corrosion research utilizes Ion Chromatography for the determination of chloride.

Digital Radiography

Digital RadiographyNon-destructive X-ray evaluation.

  • Portable Seifert-Eresco MF1 industrial X-Ray source (20-300kV), which penetrates up to 3in of steel
  • Handheld Golden Engineering XRS-3 pulsed X-ray source. (maximum photon energy 270kVP). Portable, battery-operated, highly collimated, penetrates up to 1in of steel
  • Image processing with FujiFilm Dynamx HR2 Computed Radiography System (Dynamix HR2 CR-IR 385 and Dynamix VU)