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XPS is a powerful probe used to analyse the physical, chemical and electrical properties of any surface at an atomic level.

The state-of-the-art x-ray facility is hosted in Newcastle University’s nanoLAB.

With an operating pressure that is one 10 trillionth of atmospheric pressure – similar to that experienced in space – XPS is able to detect surface contamination at a nano-scale level. This is used for the development of nanotechnology such as:

  • thin-film solar cells
  • fuel cells
  • mobile phones
  • interactive computer games
  • cell-specific drug delivery

XPS is used for advanced research into Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS). This is the integration of miniature components on a single chip, which allows the microsystem to both sense and control the environment.

Researchers from around the country can send samples to be processed at the facility. To reduce the time-lag for researchers, we've developed a portal to allow them to access the analysis of their samples immediately after processing. This portal is based on a tailored version of e-Science Central that allows researchers both to archive their analysis results and perform computational processing of the results without the need to download their data.

XPS service equipment
Developing next generation nano technology.