µMAX : Technical resources

Technical resources for Metallography, Optical Microscopy & Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopies


  • W3242 Escil wire saw for precision cutting on a wide variety of materials without disturbing the sample
  • Isomet 5000 Buehler Chainsaw for cutting small samples or serial cuts
  • Discotom 5 Struers Chainsaw for cutting large samples


  • Possibility to coat cold, hot and vacuum


  • 5 two-speed polishing drums or variable speed for SiC abrasive paper
  • 3 two-speed polishing drums for diamond polishing or colloidal silica
  • 2 polishing machines for automatic polishing 230 and 300
  • 1 vibratory cleaner
  • 1 electrolytic polishing machine
  • Highlighting the structure
  • Chemical and electrolytic attack

Light microscopy

  • Park of upright or inverted microscopes
  • Wild binocular, zoom and additional lenses, equipped with a 12 MPix Jenoptik Progress CF Scan digital camera
  • Zeiss Axiovert 405M inverted microscope for working in brightfield, blackfield, polarized light and interference contrast, equipped with a digital camera Jenoptik Progress CF Scan 12 MPix

Hardness test

  • 2 machines of hardness Dia Testor 2 : 1 to 250 kg
  • Buehler Micromet 5114 semi-automatic microdurometer : 0.5g to 5g - 10g to 2kg

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  • SEM LEO 1450VP equipped with an X EDS Thermo System Six microanalysis system and a 10 kN traction plate
  • SEM S-FEG Zeiss Gemini DSM982 equipped with a Noran Voyager IV EDS X-ray microanalysis system and a Nordif UF300 EBSD camera
  • SEM S-FEG FEI Nova NanoSEM 450 equipped with EDS Bruker Quantax SDS X-ray microanalysis system and Hikari EDAX-TSL EBSD camera

Castaing microprobe (EPMA)

  • Castaing CAMECA SX100 microprobe with 4 WDS spectrometers and 1 EDS system

Preparation material for microscopy


  • Edwards E306 Secondary Vacuum Evaporator
  • Polaron SC-7640 Primary Vacuum Cathode Sprayer
  • Cressington 208 HR Primary Vacuum Cathode Spray Gun for High Resolution
  • Emscope TB 500 Carbon Evaporator
  • Gatan PECS Precision Metallization & Ion Scanning System


  • Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera


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