Surface Analysis Laboratory

Our laboratory contains the most complete cluster of surface analysis instrumentation for x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), scanning auger microscopy (SAM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM) certainly in Europe, and perhaps in the world.


The installed capital value of the instruments in our laboratory is of the order of £3M and new state-of-the-art instruments for scanning auger microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy have recently been installed. We have been fortunate in being able to re-equip in all our technologies in the last five years.

We work in close collaboration with the MicroStructural Studies Unit here at Surrey, an electron microscopy facility who employ experienced microscopists and have a wide range of state of the art instruments.

How we can help you

Our experienced academics and technical staff have expertise in data interpretation and vast materials knowledge, which along with our state of the art instruments will mean they can select the right combination of techniques for undertaking materials related research and development or solving technical problems.

Such work includes:

  • Product development
  • Failure analysis
  • Process problems
  • Surface contaminants
  • Verification of material composition etc.

Get further information on the problems we can help with and the analysis costs and if you have any questions, please view our FAQs section.

Use our services

We offer our services to industry and academia for involvement in research projects or problem solving on a daily pro-rata basis. If you would like to use our services then please email our laboratory manager, Dr Steve Hinder to discuss your problem. If you have any queries then take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Contact us

If you have a materials problem and think we can help, then please get in contact with our laboratory manager, Dr Steve Hinder directly by email.

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