The morphology, structure, shape, and size of particles play a vital role in their chemical and physical properties. This is particularly true for nanoparticles, which have fundamentally different physical characteristics from the corresponding materials in bulk (at the macro-scale). For example, the size of semiconductor nanoparticles can alter the frequency and wavelength of light they emit, making precise control of their dimensions vital for practical optoelectronic applications. Understanding the structural and chemical properties of these particles, and how they can be modified, requires accurate analysis that is only possible with tools such as electron microscopy.
Another example is additive manufacturing, which utilizes metal feed powders to produce finely engineered and designed components. The quality and consistency of the feed powder particles have a direct impact on the quality of the manufactured part. Chemical and physical characterization is necessary because variations in particle morphology and chemistry can lead to non-uniform layering, increased defects, and even catastrophic failures. On the other hand, precise visual study of these powders can lead to innovations and improvements in design, development, and quality control.
Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a range of microscopy solutions, along with advanced analysis software, to help you with particle characterization. Whatever your needs, we have hardware and software designed to deliver automated and accurate analysis on particles and feed powders.
Modern industry demands high throughput with superior quality, a balance that is maintained through robust process control. SEM and TEM tools with dedicated automation software provide rapid, multi-scale information for process monitoring and improvement.
Quality control and assurance are essential in modern industry. We offer a range of EM and spectroscopy tools for multi-scale and multi-modal analysis of defects, allowing you to make reliable and informed decisions for process control and improvement.
More than ever, modern manufacturing necessitates reliable, quality components. With scanning electron microscopy, parts cleanliness analysis can be brought inhouse, providing you with a broad range of analytical data and shortening your production cycle.
Novel materials are investigated at increasingly smaller scales for maximum control of their physical and chemical properties. Electron microscopy provides researchers with key insight into a wide variety of material characteristics at the micro- to nano-scale.
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