Materials science, which involves discovering and designing new materials, incorporates elements of physics, chemistry, and engineering. With the help of scanning electron microscope, material scientists are now able to analyze microsctructure, crystal structure, chemistry, and surface structure of solid samples with great depth of focus and resolution down to the nanoscale.
Using COXEM’s SEM with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), scientists are also able to perform qualitative chemical analysis, such as obtaining elemental maps that show which elements are in which part of a sample. With the BSE detector, multiple phases in a sample can be easily discriminated and documented based on the atomic number.
SEM offers strategies to examine the microstructure, chemistry, and crystal structure of various materials and compounds in the automotive industry. Images are used to gain in-depth information on processing conditions, vehicle aging, automotive performance, automotive failure, and many more.