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Centre for Characterization and Microscopy of Materials (CM)2

Phone: (514) 340-4788 Fax: (514) 340-4468

Research areas description

The (CM)2 is active in the following fields :

  • metal matrix composites: understanding and fundamental phenomena and utilization;
  • powder metallurgy: powder compressibility improvement, development of alloys with a better machining behavior;
  • zinc galvanized and galvannealed coatings: fundamental and applied research;
  • integrated microscopy: the Centre is developing software for the acquisition, treatment and quantification of spectrum images based on both electron energy loss spectroscopy and X-ray spectrometry. Researchers are currently at work on a new integrated image-analysis system.

Research staff

Professors / researchers (1)
Number of graduate students: 13
Number of research agents: 4

Specialized equipment

2 transmission electron microscopes equipped with an electron energy loss spectrometer and X-Ray energy dispersive spectrometer; 2 scanning electron microscopes equipped with X-ray energy dispersive spectrometers; Auger scanning electron microscope; image analysis system; 2 X-ray diffractometers and a variety of equipment for specimen preparation (ion beam thinning, electropolishing ultramicrotomy).

External sources of funding

NSERC, Alcan, Oerlikon, Domfer, Précitech, Noranda