The material characterisation section offers advanced materials measurement services to diverse industries such as; additive manufacturing, metals/alloys beneficiation & processing, packaging, electronics and advanced material research materials such as polymers, composites and nanomaterials. This is enabled by its high-end equipment investments, and expertise based on research and measurement services required for innovation and industrial competitiveness. The Inorganic Analysis Section is mainly focused on the analysis of inorganic elements in food, soil and water.
The primary goal for the section is to provide measurement traceability for surface analysis, elemental analysis and material characterisation. This includes development of measurement methods, uncertainty of measurement, proficiency testing and ultimately to provide the Southern African Development region with capability to issue internally acceptable certificates of analysis.
Our primary goal is achieved through our participation in activities under the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance (CCQM) of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.
The materials characterisation group is the only facility in the country the offers turnkey XPS, TOFSIMS, SEM and XRD analysis to industry and academia.
The group has partaken in multiple international studies and provides world class measurements at competitive and economically aligned rates.
The group supports, amongst others, the automotive, aerospace, defence, packaging, transport and mining industries.
How we can help
Measurements for surface and bulk analysis of nanomaterials, metals, semiconductors, coatings, glass, powders/particles and polymers
Quality control for materials production/ manufacturing
Problem solving on materials analysis issues
Method development for quantitative analysis
Proficiency testing schemes
Trace and ultra-trace analysis of toxic and nutritional elements in food, toxic elements in environmental samples and elemental analysis of alloys, rocks and plastics
Development of National Measurement Standards
The Inorganic Analysis Laboratory uses the technique of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to develop national measurement standards for the trace and ultra-trace analysis of toxic and nutritional elements in food (typically grains, plants, meat products, etc.), as well as toxic elements in environmental samples, such as sediments, soils, water, etc. The laboratory has also on occasion performed elemental analysis of alloys, solder, rocks, and plastics.
The team and contact details
Name and Surname||
|Dr Jessie Pillay||Director: Chemical, Materials |
and Medical Metrology Chemistry
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org||+27 12 947 2768 |
|Werner Jordaan|| Snr Scientist:Materials characterisation|
email@example.com|| +27 12 947 2892|
|Dr Clive Oliphant||Snr Scientist: Surface & |
firstname.lastname@example.org||+27 12 947 2727|
|Loukie Adlem||Scientist: Materials characterisation||
email@example.com||+27 12 947 2786|
|Sfiso Khanyile||Scientist: Materials characterisation||
firstname.lastname@example.org ||+27 12 947 2865|
|Fortunate Modiba||Intern : Materials Metrology||
email@example.com||+27 12 947 2753|
|Jané Slinger||Scientist: Materials Metrology|
firstname.lastname@example.org||+27 12 947 2765|
|Louise Mostert||Snr Scientist:Materials email@example.com||+27 12 947 2785|
|Dr Angelique Botha||Principal Scientist Chemical Metrologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||+27 12 947 2705|
|Maré Linsky||Snr Scientist IPS||
email@example.com||+27 12 947 2795|
|Nwabisa Takata||Intern : Inorganic Analysisfirstname.lastname@example.org||+27 12 947 2836|