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Surface & Interface Analysis

The Importance of surfaces and interfaces.

Material surfaces are all around us. Their appearance ranges from the mundane to the spectacular, but in every case surface effects dominate the interaction with the surrounding environment. Often surface properties are taken for granted until problems such as poor adhesion or corrosion appear. Increasingly the surface properties of low-cost materials are being dramatically altered and enhanced. Ion implantation, plasma treatment and thin film deposition are just some of the methods used to modify a surface to achieve a specific goal, whether it be functional or just cosmetic. Surface engineering underpins the development of modern nanomaterials that are lighter, cheaper and more reliable than their predecessors.

Understanding surfaces.

In the research laboratory, surface engineering is impossible without surface understanding. Knowledge of the surface structure and chemical composition at a molecular scale is a vital part of new material design. Interaction mechanisms and changes introduced at the surface during use can be investigated, cutting development times to maintain products at the forefront of technology. In manufacturing, surface contamination is a recurrent issue. Early detection and rapid resolution of this and other production problems reduces waste and increases efficiency. Surface analysis as part of quality control will improve the reproducibility and reliability of existing products. Failure analysis feeds back into improved product and process design. Both of these functions are amply served by the MiniSIMS range of surface and interface analytical instruments using the well known technique of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).

Click on an application note from the list on right hand column to learn more about how MiniSIMS can help solve your surface and interface problems and analytical challenges.