ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FACILITIES
SpectraLab offers innovative and customized solutions, as well as constantly updated techniques and methods.
This is possible thanks to the access to advanced research facilities, as the Department of Earth Science of the University of Torino and the Interdepartmental Centre for the Study of Asbestos and other Harmful Particulates "Giovanni Scansetti" (UniTo).
The optical microscope, in both reflected and transmitted polarized light, is used for mineralogical and petrographic observations and for the characterization of materials of industrial interest. Our microscopes are equipped with a HD digital camera that allows to acquire photomicrographs.
Secondary Electron Microscope & Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy
SEM-EDS is the ideal tool for morphological and chemical investigations on samples of rocks, minerals, fossils and materials of geological, technological, industrial and biological interest. This device also offers the possibility of working with variable pressure, making it a very versatile and non-destructive technique.
Raman spectroscopy is a non-destructive technique that allows the identification of solid, liquid and gaseous materials, both organic and inorganic. Among the main applications: characterization of minerals, gems and inclusions.
Scanning Probe Microscopy
This technique offers the chance to acquire three-dimensional topographic images of materials, it is suitable for in-situ and ex-situ study of surfaces (observing features such as roughness and microstructures) and for the analysis of surface-solution interactions.
X-ray fluorescence is a non-destructive analytical technique that allows to identify the composition of trace elements and to acquire maps and concentration profiles. It is used in geology, chemistry, biology, medicine, atmospheric physics, metallurgy and in the study of cultural heritage.
X-Ray Diffractometry – Powder and Single Crystal
X-ray diffraction is a technique from which qualitative and quantitative information is obtained, suitable samples are crystalline phases (both natural or synthetic). The wide range of applications makes it a fundamental tool for materials analysis.