Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

An unprecedented collection of instrumentation from surface to elemental analysis at the nanoscale and beyond.

Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory


The NPC Technology Center offers a curated collection of high-end scientific instrumentation to enable the physicochemical characterization of nanoscale materials, devices, and systems under a wide range of experimental conditions.  Our technical capabilities and expertise include surface analysis by Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM); hydrodynamic size and surface charge analysis by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and Zeta Potential (ZP) measurements; elemental and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).

Application Areas:

  • Biomaterials
  • Semiconductors and devices
  • Energy harvesting/storage
  • (Nano)drug delivery
  • Environment
  • Food

Physicochemical Properties:

  • Surface analysis
    • Topography & roughness
    • Electrical & magnetic
    • Mechanical
  • Shape, size, dispersity
  • Dissolution kinetics
  • Compositional and isotopic analysis

Available Instruments:

  • Scanning Probe Microoscopy 
  • Optical Profilometry
  • Dynamic Light Scattering
  • Electrokinetic Analysis
  • Zeta Potential
  • ICP – Optical Emmision Spectrometry
  • ICP – Mass Spectrometry

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