Service: Materials Characterization (via integrated analytical methods)

The Instrumentation Laboratory (LUIL) is equipped to analyze the composition and structure of a wide range of materials, enabling our staff to provide valuable information towards solving industrial problems. The laboratory offers testing services which are useful for determining the structure and composition of a wide range of substances. Complementary techniques including optical microscopy (particle structure and colour), SEM / EDS (elemental and particle structure), FTIR (polymers and organic) and XRD (phase analysis) are commonly used to analyze materials.
Materials Typically Analyzed
  • Combustion products, filtrates, precipitates, residues
  • Process chemicals
  • Metallurgical products and by-products
  • ‘High Tech’ and strategic metals
  • Products and by-products of industrial mineral processing,
  • Building materials,
  • Deposits and contaminants,
  • Diamonds and gemstones,
  • Powders, coatings, films
  • Electronic plates and their parts; coatings
  • Metals, rust or other corrosion products
  • Organic/Inorganic deposits
  • Polymers
Integrated services we provide: 
  • Deposit/contaminant analysis,
  • Identification of phase composition (qualitative or quantitative, the latter usually to within ±1%), subject to the availability of pure end members in the ICDD-PDF database,
  • Characterization of chemical composition (qualitative or quantitative),
  • Characterization of compositional in-homogeneity.
You might be interested in these services if you:
  • represent a chemical supply company requiring third-party testing,
  • are troubleshooting process problems in your industrial facility, 
  • are an engineer overseeing reagent purchasing,
  • have discovered a mineral deposit.
Some clients' problems we've solved...
  • A Canadian company found a white powder in a shipping container. We determined it wasn't a health threat, but merely a boron based detergent.
  • A company is working on developing new "recipes" for concrete that will be good for the environment. Using a high quality image (from the SEM), and the image analysis software (Image Pro 7, Media Cybernetics), the various components of cement were characterized and the degree of hydration determined.
  • A prospector wanted to get a better understanding of the minerals found on his claim. Utilizing XRD and SEM we determined that the prospector had some minerals that could be of economic value. 
How you need to prepare the sample before submission. Instructions on sample submission
Please contact the laboratory before sending or dropping off a sample. In many cases only a small sample is required (20 to 30 mg).
What happens to your sample after we receive it. Analytical Methods and Technical Information.
Depending on the nature and state of the sample submitted, we will prepare the sample for analysis. After the analytical techniques have been completed, we utilize a search/match program and our in-house materials scientist compiles a short report on the composition of your sample.
Have questions about this service?
Not sure if this test will help you?
Ready to submit your sample?
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Francis Appoh, Manager
Phone: 807-343-8853

LUCAS Lakehead University