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LUXOR’s highly advanced metal coaters (Au/Pt) are extensively used for many applications within the field of materials science – such as pharma, life science, electronics, polymers, ceramics, as well as for academic purposes.

Materials science

Materials science comprises many different branches and covers a wide range of materials like polymers, filters, metals, pharma, textiles, coatings, ceramics, life science applications, electronics, and so on.

The LUXORAu and LUXORPt metal coaters are widely used for all of these applications, particularly for electron microscopy (SEM and FEG-SEM) purposes where sample charging might be an issue and when working with beam sensitive materials.

What is sample charging?

SEM images are generated by scanning an electron beam across the sample. This effectively adds electrons to the sample. Sample charging occurs when samples are bad conductors which means there is no conducting path for electrons to flow from the sample surface towards the sample holder. Sample charging causes all kinds of problems such as drift, blur, and low contrast. In other words, blurry and false images

The list of materials science applications ranges from particle characterization, analysis of the micromechanics of composites, visualizing the morphology of plastics, root cause analysis of different materials etc.

Todays’ materials science labs have become a central hub for product development, solving customer issues and high level quality control applications. Despite a wide diversity of incoming materials and their related issues, reproducible and user friendly testing methods have to be readily available and accessible to operators who only have a limited knowledge of the equipment. Moreover speedy and high throughput solutions are crucial to cope with the everyday work.

This is why the LUXOR fully automated metal coater fits perfectly in every lab.

In the LUXOR knowledge center you will find application notes and technical guides that are of interest for a wide range of industrial and academic environments

440x magnification of the outward polypropylene layer of a respirator face mask without (left) and with (right) gold coating applied, and a detail of the same coated sample at 2.900x magnification
100 000x magnification of an electrospun nanofiber with gold coating (left) and with platinum coating (right) applied and a detail of a platinum coated sample at 300 000x magnification
1.000x magnification of a styrofoam tube without (left) and with (right) gold coating applied and a detail of the gold coated styrofoam tube at 4300x magnification
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Academic applications

Working properly with a SEM or FEG-SEM microscope demands – amongst other things – for extensive knowledge about sample preparation.

To this end, the leading scientists of tomorrow learn how to work with LUXOR coaters in universities all over the world.

The LUXORAu and LUXORPt metal coaters can cope with a wide diversity of sample materials and are therefore particularly suitable for academic applications.

In a university setting, many different operators, ranging from students to senior researchers are using SEM technology and related sample preparation techniques such as sputter coating on a daily basis. There is also the wide diversity of specimens and materials for which a reliable sample preparation technique is essential.

Thanks to the fully automated operation and the optimised user interface of the LUXOR coater, the chance of human errors is minimal.

In the LUXOR knowledge center you will find application notes and technical guides that are of interest for a wide range of industrial and academic environments

2.000x magnification of a glass fiber without (left) and with (right) gold coating applied and a detail of a glass fiber at 10.000x magnification.
440x magnification of the outer protective polypropylene layer without (left) and with (right) gold coating applied, and a detail of the same coated sample at 2.900x magnification
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