We have extensive facilities for the analysis and testing of materials and devices including a specialism in the analysis of soft matter.

We are a founding member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council(EPSRC) UK National Facility in Advanced Electron Microscopy. We also link into both of the Leeds-Diamond X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Small angle X-ray spectroscopy (SAXS) facilities.

Our facilities include:

  • The Leeds electron microscopy and spectroscopy centre, which provides integration between modern microscopic imaging and spectroscopy methodologies (part-funded by the Royce Institute).

  • scanning probe microscopy facility, including high-speed and high-resolution atomic force microscopes (AFM), and measurement in dynamic liquid environments, as well as facilities for X-ray and mass spectroscopy.

  • versatile X-ray spectroscopy facility is a novel multi-technique X-ray core level spectroscopy facility. It combines hard and soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with X-ray emission spectroscopy, while enabling near-ambient environmental control (funded by the Royce Institute).

  • The Leeds X-ray diffraction facility, which houses X-ray diffractometers as well as a suite of analysis tools to structurally characterise powers, thin films and coatings, solid materials and single crystals.

  • An open access high-resolution X-ray scattering facility for nanostructural fine-analysis of complex soft matter, polymers, bio-materials and advanced solid materials. This facility is located at the Diamond Light Source, on the UK Science and Innovation Campus at Harwell and is a collaboration with the University of Leeds.

  • 3D photon correlation spectroscopy for static and dynamic light scattering small and wide-angle x-ray scattering.

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance, including a 400 MHz triple resonance solid state spectrometer. This allows 3D-imaging, diffusion and rheology measurements.

  • Differential scanning calorimetry, enabling characterisation of particles, as well as supramolecular and molecular structures.

  • terahertz photonics laboratory with extensive electrical and optical facilities for device testing.