Understanding a material requires characterization of its composition, structure and properties across lengthscales from the atomic to the macroscopic. This is integral to materials’ research at Warwick, with our world leading facilities for materials characterization. For example, for atomic and nanoscale characterization there are leading facilities for, and expertise in, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (through the Research Technology Platforms), photoemission spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and diverse forms of optical spectroscopy (e.g. Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence, ultrafast photonics, and circular dichroism.
For many at Warwick, technique development in these areas is the basis for their research. But the focus is not just at the nanoscale, rather there is the capability and expertise for understanding material properties right the way through to macroscale applications: for example nondestructive testing in the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics, characterization of the structural and mechanical properties near surfaces in the Precision Engineering and Surfaces Laboratory, accurate and fast 3D metrology and mechanical testing facilities across all stages of the manufacturing process.