Materials Chemistry
Surface Engineering & Materials Chemistry

Image: Microscopy capabilities at SwRI include scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Microscopy capabilities at SwRI include scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).


Image: Computational modeling of materials at the molecular level allows for the development of insight into the relationship between the molecular structure and the material's end-use properties.

Computational modeling of materials at the molecular level allows for the development of insight into the relationship between the molecular structure and the material's end-use properties.


Altering Material Surfaces to Prolong Service Life

Materials chemistry Materials chemistry at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) focuses on the rational synthesis of novel functional materials using a large array of existing and new synthetic methods. Materials are designed with specific useful properties by synthesizing and understanding how the composition and structure of the new materials influence or determine their physical properties in order to optimize the desired properties.

Materials Chemistry Technical Strengths

Other Materials Chemistry Strengths

  • Materials physical and analytical chemistry
  • Process and molecular modeling
  • Polymer composite processing
  • Intelligent polymer processing
  • Sensors
  • Electrochemistry
  • Raman Imaging Spectroscopy
  • Materials synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic materials
  • Organometallics
  • Organic synthesis
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Polymer characterization
  • Plastics fabrication
  • Polymeric biomaterials
  • Medical plastics
  • Polymeric medical devices and components
  • Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Microtomy

Biomaterials and Biomechanics Biomaterials

  • Tissue engineering
  • Polymer scaffolds
  • Microtomy
  • Specialized characterization
  • Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Metallic biomaterials
  • Device failure and analysis
  • Materials characterization
  • Porous materials
  • Mechanical testing
  • Biomechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Bone mechanics
  • Tissue micromechanics
  • Probabilistic biomechanics
  • Specialized device and materials testing and test methodology
  • Mechanical testing
  • Coating technology
  • Surface treatments
  • Ion implantation
  • Ion beam assisted deposition
  • Tribology
  • Coating characterization
SwRI has state-of-the-art equipment in place and technical personnel dedicated to facilitating access to research, development, and demonstration of PIII and PIIP technologies.

SwRI has state-of-the-art equipment in place and technical personnel dedicated to facilitating access to research, development, and demonstration of PIII and PIIP technologies.

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Related Terminology

surface engineering  •  ion surface engineering  •  ions  •  ion beam assisted deposition  •  IBAD  •  diamond-like carbon  •  DLC  •  coatings  •  ceramics  •  plasma immersion ion processing  •  energetic ion beams  •  ion implantation  •  gaseous ions

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04/15/14