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SEM & EDS Services

Houston Electron Microscopy, Inc. is an industrial forensics laboratory specializing in Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectrometry services. Our expertise and range of experience is invaluable to our customers. Same day or next day service is available in most cases.

Materials Lab
SEM & EDS Services

Houston Electron Microscopy, Inc. is a materials laboratory specializing in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) services. Our expertise and range of experience in fractography and corrosion analysis is invaluable to our customers. Same day or next day service is available in most cases.

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Scanning Electron Microscopy
An Industrial Forensics Laboratory

As an industrial forensics lab specializing in SEM Microscopy and EDX Spectrometry, Houston Electron Microscopy, Inc. is dedicated in providing you with the technical data and information that will lead to answers. Whether it is a quality or reliability problem, research and development question, or just plain curiosity, Houston Electron Microscopy delivers answers understandable to any audience.

Our materials lab specializes in SEM and EDS Microanalysis. Fractography, corrosion deposits, analysis of fractures, product contamination, surface defects, and many other applications can be used to find the solution to materials problems.

The use of a Scanning Electron Microscope, or SEM, provides the ability to observe microscopic features in any solid material at extremely high magnifications. Particles and features in the nanometer range can be observed and photographed. Additionally, the integrated Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) system allows us to analyze the elemental composition of any feature observed under the SEM. Liquid samples can be filtered, dried and analyzed for particle identification and chemical composition. Elemental and compound information can be reported in several formats including elemental spectrums showing the elements present, quantitatively showing the atomic and weight percent, and x-ray mapping showing the concentration and location of the elements present overlaid onto the SEM image.

Our scanning electron microscopy laboratory has the necessary equipment for the preparation of specimens for SEM/EDS analysis; from sawing to metallography to gold sputtering. Same day or next day service is available in most cases.

 

Examples of Materials and Applications

Metals

SEM examination of the fractures, wear surfaces, and corrosion deposits can lead to the cause of failure of many different metals.

Ultra Hard Materials

Fracture surfaces of hard materials such as diamond aggregates (PDC) and WC can be examined for leach depth and phase distribution.

Coatings

With the Scanning Electron Microscope, coatings of any type can be examined to the finest detail for composition and morphology, thickness, porosity, layers, pinholes, etc. 

Powders and Particle Analysis

Image of a diatom among dust particles. Our Scanning Electron Microscope system is capable of imaging at high magnification with a deep field of focus.

Ceramics, Polymers, and Glasses

PVC pipe coupling failure. Our SEM/EDS system can be operated in low vacumm mode for nonconductive materials, such as ceramics, polymers or plastics, and glasses.

Geological Core Sample Analysis

With three modes of backscattered imaging; Investigation of soils and geological samples, is common place in scanning electron microscopy.

Contamination Analysis

Element map overlay of a salt grain showing sand contaminant. The EDS (EDX) can identify elements from BE to PU.

Experience in Failure Analysis and Materials

Our primary goal is to get you the answers to your materials problems.

Example Applications

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