Materials Certification

‘Nanomaterial’ means a natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50 % or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm-100 nm.


The ability to prove a material to specification independent from a producer is central to enabling industrial scale uptake. In commercial parlance, it is this independent certification of a material or substance to specification which remains central to good order in trade. However, in the case of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) where characterisation and inspection techniques are continually evolving, there remains to date no universal agreement on the various methods that are used to prove a material to specification. From an analytical point of view, a large number of physio-chemical properties are of interest such as for example, size, shape, structure, purity and morphology. Using INSCX we can provide in-house access to the following suite of tools for the purpose of characterisation of engineered nanomaterials;

  1. Scanning Electron Microscopy, SEM
  2. Atomic Force Microscopy, ATM
  3. Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, EDX
  4. Transmission Electron Microscopy, TEM
  5. X-Ray Diffraction Analysis, XRD
  6. Scanning Probe Microscopy, SPM
  7. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, FTIR
  8. UV/Vis Spectroscopy, UV-v
  9. Raman Spectroscopy, RAMAN
  10. Particle Size Distribution, PSD
  11. Total Dissolved Solids Meter, TDS

INSCX operates a collect and report service for ENM samples sought for characterisation, in addition to enabling our members to conduct viscosity, Ph, conductivity, and ultra-high speed centrifugation. Access to additional characterisation access to methodologies such as Dynamic Light Scattering; Electrophoretic Light Scattering; Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA); Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) are available on a bespoke basis via collaborative arrangements the Exchange holds with various providers.

To request/enquire concerning characterisation, in the first instance please complete and submit the enquiry below:

Materials Certification/Analysis Enquiry