Surfaces and interfacial properties control the performance of all materials. Research in this area is focused on surface analysis of surfaces in a wide variety of applications:
- Medicine (biomaterials, biosensors, gene chips)
- Fuel cells and advanced energy research
- Composites and coatings
- Geology and minerals
- Forestry and paper products
- Environmental science and technology
A regional facility, Surface Interface Ontario, housed within the Department, provides core experimental capabilities in imaging time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).
Contamination Studies tracking sources of contamination Determination of isotopic composition Product quality testing Testing of mechanical failure (adhesion failure) Corrosion testing Environmental catalyst performance evaluation.