Inter­faces and Nano­analy­tics

The interface and nananalytics working group uses a wide range of analysis methods. As an accredited testing laboratory, we carry out tests in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.
Our customers come from various key technologies such e.g. materials engineering, mechanical engineering, construction of tools, process engineering, catalyst development, nanoparticle technology and tribology. In addition to services for industry such as damage analysis, process characterization, preparation of expert opinions, etc., we also carry out publicly funded research projects.


Materials engineering / mechanical engineering

  • Characterization of materials and coatings
  • Testing new manufacturing processes and materials
  • Development of standards
  • Definition of requirements for
    • materials
    • material surfaces
    • long-term function
    • cleanliness

Nanoparticle technology

  • Analysis of physical and chemical solid state properties
  • elucidation of phenomena at interfaces and surfaces of nanostructures
  • Effectiveness of filter elements
  • Development of filter techniques in the aftertreatment of vehicle exhaust gases


  • Investigation of chemical and physical processes at the interface between lubricant and material
  • Failure analysis for material fatigue and wear
  • Reconnaissance and avoidance of tribological damage, e.g. in automotive engineering, ship gearboxes and wind turbines
  • Analysis of lubricants

Techniques, methods, equipment


  • Light microscopy LM
  • Infrared spectroscopy FTIR
  • Surface topography (3D roughness)
  • Contact angle and surface energy measurement


  • Photoelectron spectroscopy XPS, ESCA
  • Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Raman spectroscopy (Raman)


  • Secondary ion mass spectrometry SIMS
  • Secondary Neutral Particle Mass Spectrometry SNMS

Electron microscopic

  • Scanning electron microscopy SEM with EDX
  • Focused Ion Beam FIB with EDX
  • High resolution transmission electron microscopy TEM/STEM with EDX and EELS


  • instrumented penetrant testing (nanohardness) NH
  • nano Scratch Tester


Network for Electron Microscopy Tübingen NET, Competence Centre for Minimally Invasive Medicine and Technology Tübingen-Tuttlingen e.V. MITT, Competence Network Medical Valley Hechingen, Research Association Drive Technology e.V. FVA, Research Association Internal Combustion Engines e.V. FVV, Society for Tribology e.V. GfT, IHK Network Automotive, EFDS- Europäische Forschungsgemeinschaft Dünne Schichten e.V