Sample Prep Equipment


Useful Sample Prep Tools & methods:

  • Sample sectioning using various dry and wet cutting tools
  • Etching of polished cross-sections using suitable etchants
  • Freeze fracture capability outside or inside instrument
  • UV/Ozone surface cleaning
  • Ultrasonic (wet) cleaning
  • Basic wet chemistry facilities
  • Basic glove box facilities
  • High temperature (>350 C) heat treating capability
  • Heat treating under various inert gases including hydrogen, argon and nitrogen to stop oxidation
  • Dosing with water vapor at controlled pressure during heat treatment
  • Wiggle-Bug Ball Mill to convert grains to powder
  • Precision sectioning using diamond saw
  • Metallographic mounting and polishing in cold epoxy or bakelite medium, conductive and non-conductive mounts