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ETC logoETC is a multidisciplinary research institute specialising in high level characterisation and analysis of  materials. By fostering an interdisciplinary philosophy, it serves as a hub to the broader university community, encompassing bioengineering and biosciences, the environment, and an extensive range of engineering. Furthermore, ETC provides an accredited evaluation service to both local and international industries and a wealth of collaborative research opportunities for external research and development enterprises.

ETC was established as the Experimental Techniques Centre at Brunel University in 1979 in purpose built laboratories designed to accommodate high resolution electron microscopes and spectroscopic equipment. It has subsequently developed into a highly regarded cross-disciplinary centre specialising in high resolution physical and chemical analysis for consultancy and research.

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To celebrate 40 years of materials characterisation ETC Brunel would like to invite you to our anniversary event on the 23rd of October. Please sign up on our event page which can be found here.

The Centre is staffed by a highly skilled team with expertise in the sciences, engineering and environmental investigations, including expert witness roles in legal matters. UKAS accreditation has been obtained for many of our analytical services which include microscopical, chemical, mineralogical and surface analyses so that you may have further confidence in the results obtained. ETC clients include local, national and international companies, as well as university research groups.

The latest addition to our suite is a Zeiss Crossbeam 340 scanning electron microscope (SEM) with focused ion beam, to complement the recently acquired JEOL 2100 FEG-TEM transmission electron microscope (TEM) with cathodoluminescence (CL). A full list of our investigation techniques can be found at our characterisation facilities page. ETC also runs a range of advanced training courses in analytical techniques. For further information on our work or services, or to obtain the website content in brochure format, please see contact details, or get in touch with any of our staff.