ZEISS Imaging Solutions for Catalysts, Chemistry, Coatings and Corrosion

in Waterborne Systems

A materials revolution is happening as we strive to develop sustainably and to reduce and reverse our impact on our environment. Increasingly, we turn to aqueous systems to perform the roles that previously may have involved harmful solvents, and in doing so, discover and exploit new chemistries and materials.

ZEISS imaging systems provide powerful detail for your analysis of corrosion in waterborne systems




Left: Cracking in carbon steel due to fatigue in a corrosive environment

Correlative Microscopy for Corrosion Studies

Surface of 9% chromium steel exposed to elevated temperatures in air, showing corrosion scale. Brightfield images on Axio Imager Z2.m. Sample courtesy of TWI Ltd.

The ruptured surface of the polymer imaged under Variable Pressure gives insight into adhesion of two attached polymers. SEM used for failure analysis and quality control of polymer welding process. 5 kV, WD 5, 45Pa, C2D detector.

Teflon tape, imaged with secondary electrons at 20 kV, ZEISS Sigma VP FE-SEM

Coating breach imaged in 3D confocal microscopy, ZEISS LSM 710


Thermal barrier coating: view interior structures, voids and cracks without inducing artificial cracks or delamination, ZEISS Xradia Versa 3D X-ray Microscope (XRM)

Characterizing new materials down to the nanometer scale

Including the structure, composition and crystallography, leads us to greater understanding of their role in the future of our world. The interfaces between phases, substrates and coatings, the structure of polymers and chemicals, the morphology of active particles on catalysts, and the performance of metals in aqueous systems are of particular importance.

Automatic statistical layer thickness measurement of multilayer coating system from cross-section image

Taking your research to the next level

ZEISS high resolution light, electron and X-ray imaging and compositional analysis solutions provide you with multiscale insight that can drive improvements in materials development, and your grasp of complex failure mechanisms. Whether your requirement is to examine material interfaces, surface defects and topography, perform microstructural analysis, cross-sectional composition analysis or non-destructive analysis through bulk material, we provide the illuminating solutions for maximum understanding of waterborne chemistries.

See the difference

Thermal spray coating, imaged with C-DIC contrast.Segmentation of coating cross-sections performed with ZEN  Intellesis. Light microscope images on the left and segmented  images on the right. Each color on the segmented images  represents a different coating layer. TWI Ltd., Cambridge, UK.


ZEISS Microscopy Solutions for Polymers and Chemicals Research

Understand structure-property-process relationships, meet challenging customer
demands and reduce production costs while keeping ahead of the competition.

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  • Multi-scale Correlative Study of Corrosion Evolution in a Magnesium Alloy

    Here we describe the results of a multi-scale correlative tomography study on corrosion of a Magnesium alloy that uses Atlas 5 to efficiently link and navigate between in situ sub-micron X-ray microscopy, nanoscale X-ray microscopy and FIB-SEM tomography. The results point to a detailed description of the complex crack and corrosion by-product geometries which can lead to a more complete understanding of the underlying mechanisms for corrosion.

  • Multi-modal characterization and advanced analysis options for industry and research

    ZEISS Microscopy Solutions for Steel and Other Metals

  • Non-destructive Microstructural Characterization of Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC)

    ZEISS X-ray Microscopes

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are advanced material systems commonly used in high-temperature gas turbines, aero-engines, and combustion engines. Due to their low thermal conductivity and high chemical stability, TBCs are commonly applied to metal substrates to serve as a resistant barrier against thermal degradation and oxidation.

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