Our Expertise

The University of Liverpool's Open Innovation Hub specialises in surface analysis across a range of materials, including ceramics, metals and polymers.

Our state-of-the-art equipment and expert staff are available to provide the highest quality of surface analysis. The range of instruments available allows surface analysis ranging from high resolution topography to wetting characteristics and spectroscopy. The surface analysis techniques are combined on the same site with a dedicated microbiological lab which enables antimicrobial testing of the surfaces.

Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)


Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy


Contact Angle (CA) Analysis


Electron Microscopy


Infra-Red Spectroscopy


Langmuir trough

Langmuir Trough


Microbiological Facilities


Quartz Crystal Microbalance


Raman Spectroscopy


Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM)




Surface Functionalization Techniques


X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)