Ceramography and Phase Analysis


The targeted development and Optimization of materials requires reproducible characterization of structure and phase existence. The work group has an extensive know-how about low impairment preparation of materials and its high resolution microstructure analysis. Together with other groups and clients, this know how is constantly extended. The array of functions and materials reaches from characterizations of nanostructures to conventional ceramics, from extremely soft materials over multifunctional layer-systems to superhard materials based on diamonds and borides.


Services offered


  • Preparation methods for granulates, green- and sinterbodies of ceramic and non-ceramic materials
  • Ion beam based preparation techniques
  • Qualitative and quantitative structure analysis
  • Qualitative and quantitative XRD-phase analysis (up to 1400°C)
  • Analysis of thin layers
  • Failure analysis


Technical equipment


  • Standard methods of the ceramographic preparation technique
  • Ion beam preparation techniques  (BIB/FIB)
  • AFM
  • Radiograph diffraktometer (up to 1400°C)
  • X-ray diffraction at room and elevated temperatures
  • X-ray analysis of thin films
  • X-ray fluorescence analysis

Current research

Large-area target preparation through correlative work with laser/FIB in FESEM

Current research

AI-based quantitative microstructural analysis of ceramic materials