Scanning electron microscope SEM Quanta 250, with high resolution, fully digitized, produced by FEI Company, incorporated with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer, produced by EDAX, consisting of ELEMENT Silicon Drift Detector Fixed, Element EDS Analysis Software Suite. The Quanta 250 system, purchased in 2017, is designed to study conductive, non-conductive and/or hydrated samples in their natural state, without additional preparation (metallization).
Optical microscope with polarized light, reflected and transmitted - Axio Imager A1m, produced by Carl Zeiss Microimaging Gmbh, purchased in 2007, equipped with a digital camera for image acquisition and AxioVision Release 4.8.1 dedicated software for image processing.
MHT-10 Microhardness Tester, produced by Anton Paar, with Vickers indenter, purchased in 2007.
Sample preparation equipment for microscopic study:
- MECATOME T255/300 cutting machine, produced by Presi, purchased in 2007;
- Cast N’Vac Castable Vacuum System, produced by Buehler, purchased in 2007, for powders and delicate samples;
- SimpliMet 1000 Automatic Mounting Press, produced by Buehler, purchased in 2007;
- Vector Beta Grinder – Polisher Machine, produced by Buehler, purchased in 2007.