Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

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

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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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