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Material Analysis and Characterization Service
MACS Lab, Inc.
431 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120
Grass Valley, CA 95945-9531
1-800 MACS LAB, 1-800-622-7522
(530) 274-1470
Fax (530) 274-1636
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Analytical Services

MACS Lab's experience goes well beyond running standard tests. Let us be your partner in science! With our arsenal of sophisticated instruments, we can solve your material analysis problems. Our services include:

Forensic analysis

We have a variety of techniques for analyzing historic automobiles or objects to determine their origin or history, based on composition, tool marks, etc.

Metal failure analysis

We do characterization of crystals using X-Ray Diffraction, which is a useful tool in analysis of metal failure.

Determination of alloy composition

We characterize alloys using elemental analyis and/or X-Ray Diffraction.

Identification of unknown or suspect materials

We can use a variety of chemical and microscopic methods to identify your problem materials.

Testing for quartz

We test for quartz (silica) in air and bulk samples by X-Ray Diffraction.

NIOSH 500 and NIOSH 600 (Particulates)

Call us to order this test.

Rotometer calibration


Following are some of the instruments we have available:

Analytical Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

The TEM is generally used in materials science, polymer science, in the plastic packaging and hard disk industries, and where fiber and mineral crystallography are concerned. The TEM allows much higher magnification than an optical microscope. Additional capabilities of the Analytical TEM include electron diffraction and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. Electron diffraction is used in the study of crystallography especially of very small single crystal samples. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis is used to perform chemical analysis of microscopic samples to assist in their identification. Our TEM is equipped with a double tilt specimen holder and a micro-spot which is only 100 nanometers in size thus allowing for analysis of very small objects.


X-Ray Diffractometer

X-ray diffraction is useful for identifying materials based on their crystal structure.

Infrared Spectrometer

This instrument can identify organic chemicals based on their chemical structure.

Polarized Light Microscope

The PLM instrument is used to identify minerals.