Clean Technologies Research Institute; Facilities for Materials Characterization

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
What the facility does

Materials research, materials characterization

Areas of expertise

The Facilities for Materials Characterization provides equipment for use by materials researchers from academic, industry and government laboratories.

Research services

Materials characterization

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries

Specialized lab




Scanning electron microscope

30x to 500,000x in magnification; EDSfor elemental analysis and mapping; EBSD system for crystallographicinformation


Focused ion beam milling

Materials preparation and microsampling;


Physical property of materials

Rapid characterization of thermal, electrical and magnetic properties of materials


Differential scanning calorimeter

Measures temperatures and heat flows associated with transitions in a material


Scanning thermal microscope

Simultaneous thermal imaging and atomic force microscopy


FT-Raman spectrometer

Observes vibrational, rotational, and other low-frequency modes in a system


X-ray photoelectron spectrometer

Surface analysis

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource (NMR3)

High-field solid-state NMR spectrometer

Study of solid state material


Hot Press

Simultaneous compression and heating of specimens



Measures elastic properties in materials


Motion recorder/analyzer

High-speed camera and PCI board for image display, control and processing