Seminar and Workshop on In-line Particle Size Measurements At High Turbidity – InProcess LSP

Join us for an Exclusive Seminar and Workshop on Inline Particle Size Measurements at High Turbidity!

Date: May 14, 2024
Location: Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Institute, Room 501,  McGill University, Montreal.

Introducing the InProcess LSP NanoFlowSizer, a cutting-edge particle size instrument based on Spatially Resolved Dynamic Light Scattering (SR-DLS). This revolutionary technology can accurately measure sub-micron particle size in turbid suspensions and in flow.


Please choose a time slot that suits your schedule.

Slot 1: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Seminar) and 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Workshop)
Slot 2: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Seminar) and 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Workshop)

Seminar Details:

Speaker: Albert Grau-Carbonell, PhD, Application Specialist

Seminar Title: The NanoFlowSizer: Spatially Resolved DLS for Inline Particle Size Measurements at High Turbidity

In this seminar, Dr. Albert Grau-Carbonell will delve into the scientific principles of SR-DLS and demonstrate how the NanoFlowSizer is revolutionizing particle size measurements in challenging environments. Discover real-world application examples, including nanoparticle synthesis, nanomilling processes, and continuous monitoring and control of high-pressure homogenization of emulsions and lipid nanoparticle (LNP) production.


Workshop Details:

Spectra Research Corporation will display InProcess LSP’s NanoFlowSizer, a cutting-edge particle-size instrument based on Spatially Resolved Dynamic Light Scattering (SR-DLS) which is a revolutionary technology that can accurately measure sub-micron particle size in turbid suspensions and in flow.

Attendees are invited to bring 1 to 2 samples for testing on the NanoFlowSizer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and hands-on experience with the NanoFlowSizer.

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Particle Characterization in Lithium-ion Battery Research

As society seeks to advance electrification in pursuit of global sustainability goals, demand for ever-better performance from devices such as lithium-ion batteries is growing steadily. To meet this demand, lithium-ion battery researchers are seeking to gain more control of the materials used and their physical properties. Particle characterization plays a crucial role in realizing this. This article outlines the fundamentals of particle characterization as it pertains to lithium-ion battery R&D and highlights instruments used to conduct this technique.

What is particle characterization?

Particle characterization is the process of analyzing and describing the physical and chemical properties of particles. Particles can vary significantly in size, shape, composition, and other attributes, and understanding these characteristics is essential in lithium-ion battery R&D to improve their efficiency, lifespan, and safety.

Check out the applications note on particle analysis of lithium-ion batteries:

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Applications note on particle analysis of lithium-ion batteries

How is particle characterization used in lithium-ion battery R&D?

The performance of lithium-ion batteries directly correlates to the properties of the materials of which they are made. Below are several ways in which particle characterization is used in lithium-ion battery R&D.

Cathode and anode materials 

Anode and cathode materials are key components of lithium-ion batteries. A partial list of cathode and anode materials includes:

Cathode materials:

  • Lithium cobalt oxide LiCoO2
  • Lithium nickel oxide LiNiO2
  • Lithium manganese oxide LiMn2O4
  • Lithium iron phosphate LiFePO4

Anode materials:

  • Carbon C
  • Lithium Li
  • Lithium titanate Li2TiO3

Understanding the particle size and size distribution of cathode and anode materials provides insights into electrode performance, the metrics of which include:

  • Capacity: The amount of electric charge that an electrode can store.
  • Charge/discharge rates: How quickly or slowly an electrode can accept or deliver an electrical charge.
  • Cycle life: The number of charge and discharge cycles a battery or electrochemical device can undergo before its capacity significantly degrades or it becomes less effective. It is a critical factor in determining the lifespan and durability of a battery.

The shape of particles of cathode and anode materials can affect:

  • Packing density: This refers to how closely the particles are packed together. The shape of the particles can influence how efficiently they fit together, affecting the overall density of the material. Higher packing density generally means more lithium ions can be stored in a given volume.
  • Porosity: Porosity is a measure of the empty spaces or pores within a material. The shape of the particles can influence the porosity of the cathode and anode materials. Porosity is important because it affects the accessibility of lithium ions to the interior of the material, impacting the efficiency of ion movement within the electrode.

Diffusion of lithium ions: The shape of the particles affects how easily lithium ions can move within the material. Different shapes may generate pathways that promote or impede the movement of ions. Efficient ion diffusion is crucial for the performance of a lithium-ion battery because it affects how quickly ions can move between the cathode and anode during charging and discharging.

Electrolyte and separator materials

As with electrode materials, knowing the particle size and distribution of components in the electrolyte (including salts and solvents) and separator materials helps optimize electrolyte conductivity and separator properties.

Binder and conductive additives

Binder and conductive additives impact electrode integrity and electrical conductivity. Characterizing their particle size and distribution helps optimize electrode structure and improve electron and ion transport.

Degradation analysis

As lithium-ion batteries go through charge and discharge cycles, the properties of the electrode materials can change. Monitoring changes in particle size, shape, and surface area over time helps researchers understand degradation mechanisms and improve battery lifespan.

Safety considerations

Particle characterization techniques can be used to study the thermal properties of battery components. Understanding how materials respond to changes in temperature is crucial for assessing and improving the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

Characterization of Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI):

The SEI layer forms on the surface of the electrodes during the initial cycles and significantly impacts battery performance. Characterizing the composition, thickness, and properties of the SEI layer is critical for understanding and optimizing battery behaviour.

Horiba Scientific instruments for particle characterization

HORIBA Scientific has 200 years of experience in developing high-performance scientific instruments and analytical solutions. It offers an impressive range of instruments for particle characterization, including the Horiba LA-960V2 laser scattering particle size analyzer depicted below.

This latest evolution in the LA series continues a long-standing tradition of leading the industry with innovative hardware and software design. The new optical design allows the user to visualize particle dispersion in real-time.



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SRC continues to offer our customers a range of innovative, high-quality scientific products and laboratory services throughout Canada for industrial and scientific markets. For more information about Horiba Scientific instruments for particle characterization for lithium-ion batteries and other applications, please contact a member of our staff.

McGill/Nanosurf/SRC – 2 Day AFM Event: Seminars and Workshop

We are excited to host a two-day DriveAFM event in collaboration with Nanosurf at McGill University, Montreal. This event will feature three talks about advanced AFM techniques and applications as well as a workshop on the high-performance DriveAFM from Nanosurf.

Date: April 17-18, 2024
Location: Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, Room 103,  McGill University, Montreal.


Workshop Details:

Bring a few samples, get them tested, and experience the capabilities of the DriveAFM!

The DriveAFM is Nanosurf’s novel flagship AFM platform: a tip-scanning atomic force microscope (AFM) that combines, for the first time, several capabilities in one instrument to enable novel measurements in materials and life sciences. The DriveAFM overcomes the drawbacks of other tip-scanning instruments and provides atomic resolution together with fast scanning, fast force spectroscopy, and large scan sizes up to 100 µm. Thanks to Nanosurf’s innovations in optical beam path engineering and scanner design, the DriveAFM scan head features photothermal actuation and full motorization for superior research performance and is easy to use for researchers at all levels of experience.

  • CleanDrive: stable excitation in air and liquid
  • Ultra-low noise
  • Direct drive: high-resolution imaging and large scan area
  • Fully motorized system: full control via software





April 17th, 2024 (Wednesday):

April 18th, 2024 (Thursday):


Speaker Details:

Speaker Name and Title: Prof. Peter Grütter, Scientific Director and Founder of the McGill Nanotools Microfabrication Facility

Talk Title: Interpreting tapping (AC) operation mode

Talk Summary: Tapping or AC mode is often used in AFM imaging leading to high-quality images. Interpreting the measured images is often challenging, as the contrast depends on the operation parameters and how the AFM is set up. In this short talk, I will discuss the relevant theory behind tapping and the practical aspects of what to watch out for to facilitate the interpretation of the acquired data.

Speaker Name and Title: Prof. Angelo Gaitas, Assistant Professor (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Talk Title: Advancements in Fluid Micro Cantilevers and Novel Thermocouple Devices for Tissue and Cellular Analysis

Talk Summary: This talk will cover developments in bioAFM innovations in my laboratory. First, we utilize fluid micro cantilevers in atomic force microscopy (AFM) for a range of applications, including the precise measurement of single-cell mass in a media environment. This advanced technique allows for a detailed analysis of the nano-mechanical properties of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and their differentiation into cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs). The employment of fluid micro cantilevers in AFM enhances the accuracy and scope of our measurements, revealing significant changes in cell elasticity and mass during iPSC differentiation. These findings establish elasticity and mass as key indicators in evaluating the development of iPSCs, providing invaluable insights for cell therapy, drug testing, and cardiac disease research. Our study demonstrates the capability of AFM, especially with the use of fluid micro cantilevers, to effectively differentiate cells pre- and post-differentiation based on their mechanical properties. This advancement underscores the potential of these techniques as morphological markers in iPSC research. The results, while promising, necessitate further studies to confirm their generalizability to other cell lines. Additionally, our work points to the necessity of developing more refined AFM measurement techniques in fluid media, proposing various methods to enhance the technology’s resolution and accuracy in future research applications. Second, we have developed a novel thermocouple device tailored for intracellular temperature measurement. Temperature regulation and gradients are crucial in biological research, as thermal events significantly impact cellular functions. This microcantilever thermocouple sensor combines doped silicon and gold to form a sensitive junction, suitable for biological applications. Its design ensures mechanical robustness, high sensitivity, and rapid response, ideal for liquid environments and minimal impact on cellular processes. The fabrication involves several precise steps, resulting in a sensor with a high Seebeck coefficient (447 μV/°C) and millisecond response time. This advanced device has demonstrated effective and precise transient thermometry in biological samples, showing its potential in understanding and measuring thermal events at a cellular level.

Speaker Name and Title: Dr. Edward Nelson, Applications Scientist, Nanosurf

Talk Title: Photothermal Torsional Resonance Imaging for 2D Materials Characterization

Talk Summary: Stacked layers of 2D materials such as graphene and hBn show remarkable electrical, optical and magnetic properties depending on the angle between the layers. A common approach to measure this angle is to use an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to visualize the Moiré superlattice that forms from interactions between the layers. Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM), a type of imaging mode, offers high contrast but is only effective when the sample/substrate is conductive. Regrettably, this method is not effective when the sample is on a non-conductive substrate, like a transfer polymer. Torsional Resonance Microscopy (TRM) is a method to drive the torsional resonances of the AFM cantilever and has shown remarkable contrast of the Moiré superlattice. In addition, because the cantilever is driven mechanically, the method works on all types of substrates. Unlike piezo-acoustic TRM, photothermal TRM does not require any special hardware outside of what is already available on the DriveAFM. In addition, because the cantilever is driven photothermally, it can work under liquids without introducing parasitic coupling with the environment. This new mode is expected to open up new research opportunities for materials characterization.


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One Step Ultra-Pure Nanoparticle Coatings for Catalysis and Life Sciences

Join us for an insightful webinar where we delve into the revolutionary world of nanoparticle coatings and the game-changing Nikalyte NL50 Benchtop Nanoparticle Deposition System. This exclusive event will be hosted by Dr. Vicky Broadley, Sales and Marketing Manager at Nikalyte, a distinguished physicist, researcher, and technology/business leader deeply passionate about nanotechnology.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Time: 9 am – 10 am


Webinar Highlights:

1. Understanding Nanoparticle Coatings: Explore the vast potential of nanoparticle coatings in elevating chemical and biological processes. Discover how these coatings can enhance catalyst activity, reduce costs, and elevate biosensor sensitivity.

2. Advantages of Plasma Vapour Deposition (PVD): Uncover the superiority of PVD over other nanoparticle synthesis techniques. Learn about its exceptional reproducibility and minimal environmental impact.

3. Introducing NL50 Benchtop Nanoparticle Deposition Tool: Witness a breakthrough in nanoparticle synthesis with Nikalyte’s NL50. Dr. Vicky Broadley will guide you through its one-step deposition method, highlighting its capability to coat any surface without chemical contamination.

4. Controlled Nanoparticle Generation: Gain insights into the NL50’s ability to generate non-agglomerated metal or metal alloy nanoparticles with precise control over size and composition.

5. Application Case Studies: Dr. Broadley will present real-world application case studies, showcasing the NL50’s versatility and practicality in various research domains.

6. Interactive Q&A Session: Have your queries addressed directly by Dr. Vicky Broadley. Learn how to seamlessly integrate PVD nanoparticle coatings into your research projects.


Dr. Vicky Broadley – A distinguished physicist, researcher, and technology/business leader with a profound passion for nanotechnology.


Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Secure your spot now by registering below.

Becoming a Senso PRO: Learn about the powerful SensoPRO image analysis and processing package

In this webinar, you’ll push the limits of SensoPRO. Image analysis so fast you won’t believe it. Data and parameters you never thought you could calculate. All of this is possible with SensoPRO, and you’ll learn how to do it in this round of tech talks.


About the Speaker: Daniel Sakakini

“Hi, I’m Dan Sakakini, an applications engineer for Sensofar in the US, Canada and Mexico. I joined Sensofar in March of 2020, after working in manufacturing for two years prior. I went to Union College in Schenectady NY where I studied Mechanical Engineering, and graduated in 2017. I’m currently based in Brooklyn, NY and escape the city frequently on the weekends to go hiking, biking and rock climbing. I’m excited to share more about Sensofar’s software updates over the past few months/year!”


Event Details:

Date: Fri, Jan 26
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Locations: Online event
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Role of Raman Spectroscopy & Microscopy in Battery R&D

What is Raman spectroscopy?

Raman spectroscopy is a non-destructive materials analysis technique in which a monochromatic light source, usually a laser, is directed onto a sample of the materials being analyzed. The interplay of the light and the vibrations of the molecules in the materials generate spectra that can be used to identify materials, characterize molecular structure, assess morphology, and observe dynamic processes. Raman spectroscopy requires little sample preparation and can be used in situ or ex situ.

Obtaining Raman spectroscopy measurements was a time consuming, complex process. As a result of advances in Raman spectroscopy, the technique now delivers much higher sensitivity, better resolution, and a broader range of battery R&D applications. What’s more, current Raman spectroscopy instruments are relatively quick and easy to use, allowing even those with limited science expertise to operate them effectively.

How is Raman spectroscopy used in battery R&D?

Raman spectroscopy plays an important role in advancing battery technology by providing critical information that can be used to analyze battery components, such as cathode, anode and electrolyte materials. Cathode and anode materials degrade over time, but Raman spectroscopy provides insights into their molecular structures, helping researchers measure degradation rates. Reducing the degradation rates of these materials is a key step in developing better batteries.

Raman spectroscopy helps advance understanding of the properties of both liquid and solid electrolytes, including ion transport mechanisms, phase changes, and chemical interactions. This information is indispensable for creating more efficient and stable electrolytes.

A versatile tool, Raman spectroscopy can help evaluate the degree of interaction among electrolyte ions within solutions and polymeric substances. These interactions directly impact battery performance. Additionally, the technique offers valuable insights into the composition of polymer matrices and the ways in which additives can influence their crystalline structure, another factor impacting battery performance.

An extension of Raman spectroscopy, Raman mapping and imaging helps analyze the distribution of materials on electrode surfaces, or across cross-sections. The data obtained can be quantified, giving metrics such as fraction estimates and particle statistics.

Detecting low concentrations of binder. Raman map of an anode (superimposed on an optical microscope image). The colours represent: SBR styrene-butadiene rubber binder (red); graphite (green); acetyl black (blue). The relative concentrations, as determined by the map, are, respectively: 1%, 97%, and 2%.

Operando studies of an anode. As the potential is changed, the anode’s appearance changes. The graphite G-band Raman peak also changes, indicating intercalation of lithium (shifting the peak to higher wavenumbers) and then a peak-splitting reflecting the intercalation penetrating to interior layers, rather than just the boundary layers. Data courtesy of Prof. Y. A. Kim, Shinshu University, Japan.

In situ analysis of batteries is conducted with batteries that are fully assembled and in operation. With Raman spectroscopy instruments, in situ analysis can provide information on chemical reactions that occur as batteries are charged and discharged, helping in the development of new battery materials.

After new materials are produced and prototype batteries are produced with them, it is essential to determine how these materials impact performance, and what it is that makes them either better or worse than their predecessors. This is when ex situ analysis is done, a process requiring disassembly of the batteries and analysis of their components in an inert environment using Raman spectroscopy instruments.

Understanding the Solid-Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) layer is essential for battery safety and performance. Raman spectroscopy is used to analyze the SEI layer’s composition and thickness, helping to minimize issues like capacity fading and dendrite formation. Raman spectroscopy can also be used to study the thermal behaviour of battery materials and investigate safety concerns, such as the risk of thermal runaway.

Raman spectroscopy can also be employed for quality control in battery manufacturing to ensure that materials and components meet the desired specifications, preventing defects and inconsistencies.


Supporting electric vehicle battery range performance research

Automotive R&D is increasingly focused on new propulsion technologies for the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV). At the heart of EV product development is the pursuit of extended range through motor efficiency and battery effectiveness.

Renishaw Raman technologies offer a non-destructive method of monitoring and imaging battery chemistry so that the most suitable materials can be developed and their performance limits understood. Renishaw’s inVia™ confocal Raman microscope, for example, enables automotive battery manufacturers to examine battery chemistry under a range of operating conditions (such as fast-charging and extremes of temperature) to see how the battery reacts and work out how to improve its efficiency.

Apart from R&D of lithium-ion batteries widely used to power electric vehicles, Raman spectroscopy contributes to the development of emerging, next-generation battery technologies, such as lithium-sulfur and solid-state batteries, by helping researchers investigate the unique challenges and materials associated with these systems.

In summary, Raman spectroscopy is an invaluable analytical tool for battery R&D, providing critical information about the characterization, optimization, and safety assessment of various battery components, all of which are essential for advancing battery applications.

Renishaw Raman spectroscopy instruments


Renishaw produces a wide range of Raman spectroscopy instruments, including research-grade microscopes, routine bench-top analysers, transportable fibre-optic analysers and combined (hybrid) systems. These state-of-the-art instruments help researchers gain insights across a range of battery applications. Click here to learn more.



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Material Surface Characterization Made Easy With Tensiometry and Optical Profilometry – SRC Seminars and Workshops Series – Toronto Metropolitan University

Join us for an enlightening day of cutting-edge insights into Material Characterization and Surface Science, hosted in collaboration with our trusted partners Biolin Scientific and Sensofar. This workshop is an invaluable opportunity to delve into the latest advancements in analytical instruments, discover their real-world applications, and network with industry experts.

Date: November 29th, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Room HEI 101
Address: 125 Bond St, Toronto, ONM5B 1Y2

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Material Surface Characterization Made Easy With Tensiometry and Optical Profilometry – SRC Seminars and Workshops Series – Concordia University, Montreal

Join us for an enlightening day of cutting-edge insights into Material Characterization and Surface Science, hosted in collaboration with our trusted partners Biolin Scientific and Sensofar. This workshop is an invaluable opportunity to delve into the latest advancements in analytical instruments, discover their real-world applications, and network with industry experts.

Date: November 27th, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Genomics Building (GE), Room GE 110.00, Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Montreal. Click Here for the Maps

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XPS Surface Analysis for Battery Research

What is XPS?

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a powerful surface analysis technique used to identify the elements in and the chemical states of the top layers of materials. It works by bombarding the surface of a material with X-rays (photons) and then measuring the kinetic energy of the photoelectrons ejected from the surface of a material. This energy is directly related to the photoelectrons’ binding energy within the parent atom and is characteristic of the element and its chemical state. Only electrons generated near the surface can escape without losing too much energy for detection. As a result, XPS data is obtained only from the top few nanometers of the surface. XPS surface selectivity, combined with quantitative chemical state identification, makes XPS highly useful in many applications, including battery research.

Vital role of battery research

Batteries have a vital role to play in the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In 2022, EVs accounted for 10% of global vehicle sales and by 2030 they are expected to reach 30% of global vehicle sales.  Governments around the world are contributing to this growth through policies that are directing billions of dollars into battery research and manufacturing and by providing subsidies for consumers to purchase EVs.  Ambitious cost and performance targets for the electrification of transportation will require the development of next-generation batteries produced on a commercial that are cost-effective, safe, renewably sourced, and high-performing with long lifetimes.

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How XPS is used in battery research

There are multiple components and interfaces that are crucial to understand to develop high-performing and stable batteries. These include the cathode, anode, separator, electrolyte, and all interfaces formed between these layers, particularly the electrode-electrolyte interfaces. XPS can be used to study all of these materials and interfaces, such as next-generation cathode/anode active materials and how their composition changes with cycling; how the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer varies in composition as a function of depth; and how surface pre-treatments affect the chemistry of the active electrode material. The quantitative chemical-state information provided by XPS makes it a versatile tool to understand many properties and guide the design of optimized batteries that meet ambitious targets.

Battery research challenges and XPS solutions:

  • Analyzing SEI layer growth: Ongoing charging and discharging of a battery causes the SEI layer to form on the anode, reducing battery capacity. Analysis of the SEI layer helps researchers better understand and control this phenomenon and thereby improve battery performance and longevity. XPS depth profiling can chemically characterize the complex mixture that makes up the SEI layer, from the anode side all the way to the electrolyte side, for chemical understanding of the entire layer.
  • Investigating the role of impurities and contaminants: Impurities and contaminants in battery materials can adversely affect performance and safety. XPS is highly sensitive to trace elements and can identify the presence and identity ofimpurities or contaminants on the surfaces of battery materials, helping researchers understand the sources of impurities and their impact on battery performance.
  • Understanding the stoichiometry of solid electrolyte films: Chemical state analysis provided by XPS can be used to identify the stoichiometry of materials, including depth profiling to quantify elements at each depth and track any differences in stoichiometry throughout a film.
  • Studying interface chemistry: Interfaces between different components of a battery play a crucial role in battery performance and long-term stability. XPS provides insights into the chemistry of interfaces, helping researchers optimize interface design for enhanced performance.
  • Examining degradation in separator chemistry: XPS can provide valuable insights into degradation in separator chemistry during a cell’s lifetime by analyzing the surface chemistry and composition of the separator material.
  • Environmental impact and recycling: XPS can be used to analyze the chemical composition of battery materials before and after recycling processes. It can help assess the effectiveness of recycling methods and the feasibility of reusing materials.
  • Analyzing in situ electrode cycling: In situ XPS experiments can provide real-time insights into the electrochemical behavior and surface chemistry of electrode materials during cycling.

The best XPS for battery research from SRC

PHI’s XPS instruments use a unique scanned, finely-focused X-ray beam to create X-ray induced secondary electron images (SXIs), similar to an SEM, for easy sample navigation with 100% certainty in analysis position.  This imaging capability can be used to easily drive around the sample in live mode or to save positions for compositional analysis including point or large-area spectroscopy, line scans, depth profiling, or chemical mapping. The size of the X-ray beam can be selected to support the efficient analysis of larger samples with homogeneous composition or small heterogeneities. This feature is indispensable for analyzing battery materials and interfaces, ensuring identification of impurities or other heterogeneities in composition, and absolute certainty that data is acquired from the exact feature of interest. In contrast to SEM/EDS, which has a typical analysis depth of 1-3 µm, XPS is a surface-sensitive technique with a typical analysis depth of less than 5 nm, making it better suited for the compositional analysis of ultra-thin layers and thin microscale sample features.

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The PHI Genesis is the latest generation of PHI’s highly successful multi-technique XPS product line with PHI’s patented, monochromatic, micro-focused, scanning X-ray source. It is an easy-to-use, fully automated system with auto-tuning and calibration and multiple parking positions for high throughput. The fully integrated multi-technique platform of the PHI Genesis offers an array of optional excitation sources, sputter ion sources, and sample treatment and transfer capabilities that are all aligned to the same sample location. These features are essential in studying all relevant properties of advanced battery materials and interfaces, including small impurities or compositional heterogeneities, access to buried interfaces, electronic energy gap measurements, and operando experiments for a direct link between chemistry and performance. PHI Genesis offers high sensitivity and high throughput for large areas and small areas down to 5 µm and unique high-throughput non-destructive depth profiling using the optional hard X-ray Cr source. The instrument is fully customizable to address all analytical needs.

For more information on how PHI Genesis can be used to address your battery characterization challenges, please visit the PHI YouTube channel to watch a recent PHI.



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New Product Announcement: The New PHI Genesis

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The New PHI Genesis

XPS and HAXPES combined in an automated multi-technology platform

SRC is pleased to announce the release in Canada of the new PHI Genesis from Physical Electronics. The new PHI Genesis—the latest generation of ULVAC-PHI’s highly successful multi-technique XPS product line—eliminates the need to compromise by combining PHI’s successful scanning XPS/HAXPES microprobe product lines into a single, compact instrument. This delivers the VersaProbe’s multi-technique capabilities with the Quantes/Quantera’s high throughput automated analysis. The new PHI Genesis represents a real breakthrough in XPS analysis.

Market for the PHI Genesis

A broad range of high-tech products are made of complex combinations of advanced materials designed to deliver superior performance across a range of metrics. R&D of these complex combinations of materials requires rapid optimization of the performance of each material, as well as the combinations of materials. There is a growing need for powerful and highly functional surface and interface analysis that can significantly accelerate this work.

XPS and HAXPES generate vital information that provides insights into the properties and behaviour of advanced materials. Other key tasks that XPS and HAXPES can deliver on include defect analysis and the testing of cleaning processes. XPS has an information depth of about 5nm while HAXPES has an information depth of about 15nm. Click Here to learn more.


New PHI Genesis areas of application

  • Semiconductors
  • Batteries
  • Organic devices
  • Catalysts
  • Quantum dots
  • Nanoparticles
  • Bio and life science materials
  • Polymers
  • Ceramics
  • Metals
  • Other solid materials and devices

Advantages of the new PHI Genesis

  • Simple, intuitive and easy-to-use user interface experience
  • With powerful XPS, HAXPES, UPS, LEIPS, REELS, AES and a variety of other options, it meets all your surface analysis needs
  • The unsurpassed 5 µm X-ray beam with a small spot opens up new possibilities for micro-XPS applications
  • High-throughput, high-performance depth profiling
  • Non-destructive depth profiling, sputter-free depth probing using a high-energy hard X-ray source that generates information from a greater depth than with conventional soft X-ray XPS

About Physical Electronics

Physical Electronics is a subsidiary of ULVAC-PHI, the world’s leading supplier of UHV surface analysis instrumentation used for the research and development of advanced materials. Fields of application for their products include: nanotechnology, microelectronics, photovoltaics, data storage, bio-materials and catalysis. PHI’s innovative XPS, AES and TOF-SIMS technologies provide customers with unique tools to solve challenging materials problems and accelerate the development of new materials and products. For more information on this product please click here.

Sensofar Event 22 – New Integrable Heads launch

We’d love to see you at Sensofar Event 22!

We believe that the future is built by listening to the needs of our users, as well as the market, to constantly improve what we do.
We have spent a while working on two new products for you, and they are finally ready to unveil at Sensofar Event 22:
the S mart 2 and the S neox Cleanroom.

We prepared an incredible event to show you the two new heads from our integration line! It will take place on November 16 in a completely virtual format to make it as easy as possible for you all to attend. It will be the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand all their technical features and capabilities.

Event Speakers

Understanding and Using High Magnification Inspection | Free Sensofar Webinar

September 28 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join CCAT and Sensofar for a free webinar about high magnification inspection of critical dimensions as well as surface finishes for additive manufacturing, medical devices, tribology and tooling applications.

We’ll explore the technology used for surface roughness measurements and dimensional measurements and also present solutions for key applications in aerospace and advanced manufacturing using optical metrology.

Target Audience
Metrology and Inspection, Aerospace and Additive Manufacturing Engineers 

Adam Platteis, Sales Manager USA, Sensofar
David Morganson, Manufacturing Applications Engineer, CCAT