Life Sciences

Analytical service in life sciences is challenging due to the combination of different biomaterials and water-based biological systems, which are difficult to analyse with techniques that require vacuum. Biocompatible materials can consist of specifically tailored metals, ceramics, or polymers. On the other hand, the analyst may have to deal with tissues or single cell cultures which are susceptible to damage. Common life science-related questions include:

  • Surface composition of implants (stents, screws)
  • Characterisation of sterile liquids
  • Surface chemistry of wound dressings
  • Identification of particles and debris in hollow needles
  • Analysis of sterile scalpel blades
  • Characterisation of bleedings on endoscopic fibres
  • Lateral distribution of biomolecules (lipids, amino acids) in chemically fixed single cells and non-fixed tissues

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