Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
AFM is a scanning probe microscopy technique that can provide atomic resolution imaging of a wide variety of surfaces and interfaces.
Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy
The viability and metabolic activity of bacteria at surfaces can be investigated using fluorescence microscopy.
Contact Angle (CA) Analysis
CA is a versatile non-destructive technique able to provide information on the hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties of surfaces, and on wettability processes at interfaces.
Covering both Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy.
An infrared spectrum (IR) represents a fingerprint of a sample with absorption peaks corresponding to the vibrational modes of the molecules.
The Langmuir trough enables the controlled deposition of molecular monolayers and multilayers onto solid substrates at the air-water or water-water interface.
Our microbiology facilities are equipped with the latest materials and resources to enable cutting edge research.
Quartz Crystal Microbalance
QCM-D is a powerful tool for investigating mass changes and interactions occurring at surfaces as well as changes in viscoelasticity of surface bound materials.
Analogous with infra-red spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy is a vibrational spectroscopic technique that provides chemical information resolved down to the diffraction limit of light.
Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM)
Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) is a non-contact technique which provides high resolution topographic information of conducting surfaces.
Surface Functionalisation Techniques
Surface functionalisation grafts desired chemical groups on the material surface, enabling the subsequent attachment of other, more or less complex objects. This way, materials with functional groups on their surfaces can be designed from substrates with standard bulk material properties.
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) can provide both elemental and chemical state information on a wide range of sample types.