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Materials science is the study of the synthesis, processing, structure, properties and performance of materials. It investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Metals, polymers and ceramics feature heavily in materials science.

The study of materials combines elements of chemical, mechanical and physical properties. A number of sub-fields have developed including;

  • Nanotechnology – the study of materials from around a micron to a few nanometres in size. A nanometre is one billionth of a meter and nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modelling and manipulating matter at this scale.
  • Crystallography – the study of the structure and properties of crystals including how atoms fill space in solids and the defects associated with crystal structures.
  • Materials characterisation – the study of materials using techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy.
  • Biomaterials – the study of materials derived from or used with biological systems. Biomaterials may be polymers, metals or ceramics.
  • Surface science – the study of the physical and chemical phenomena that occur at the interface of two phases, including solid-solid, solid–liquid and solid–gas interfaces. It includes surface chemistry and surface physics.
  • Rheology – the study of the physical properties of matter that flows, either in liquid form or as soft solids.

ATA Scientific carries a wide range of instruments for the study of materials including those used in polymer sciences, biomaterials, rheology and SEM. Examples include;

KINEXUS Series of rotational rheometers for shear viscosity and viscoelasticity measurements.

OMNISEC Gel Permeation Chromatography/Size Exclusion Chromatography for molecular size and weight.

ZETASIZER Dynamic Light Scattering for nanoparticle size and stability measurements.

Scanning Electron Microscopes with elemental analysis.

At ATA Scientific we sell innovative instruments from leading manufacturers in the particle, surface, life and material sciences. Our suppliers include some of the world’s most well-regarded companies such as Malvern Panalytical, Phenom World (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific), Biolin Scientific, Avestin, Jasco, Precision Nanosystems, Phasefocus and Nanolane.

Our scientific instruments are used by Universities, the CSIRO and by companies in a range of different industries including the pharmaceutical, polymer, chemical and mining sectors. We also provide our clients with long term support to ensure they get the best out of our products and services. Over the past 28 years, ATA Scientific has provided a range of technical services including operator training, preventative maintenance and instrument breakdown repair.

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