Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science


RCSMS specialises in materials characterisation, in terms of composition or structure, from the very near surface to the bulk of the material.

The composition or microstructure of a material influences its performance in every way. Industrial applications of materials characterisation can be anything from failing adhesion in helicopter blades, to suspect particles in a food product. Over the years staff in RCSMS have analysed everything from old Mazdas to Old Masters.

The current instrument base of RCSMS comprises instruments aimed at the characterisation of materials both at the “bulk” and at the “surface” level. Each technique is outlined in more detail in our facilities and resources information.

The instrument base is summarised here: