R & D Capabilities


Quantiam has the most extensive in-house materials and NanoMaterials characterization capabilities and expertise in Canada's private sector, complemented with access to a broad range of external facilities in four major areas of Advanced Materials: NanoMaterials and Surface Analysis, Materials Microstructural Characterization, Materials Performance Characterization and Heat Treatment.

NanoMaterials and Surface Analysis

Quantiam houses the most powerful NanoMaterials and Surface Characterization capabilities in Canada's private sector.

Materials Microstructural Characterization

  • XRD: high temperature XRD and surface-sensitive XRD
  • Conventional and damage-sensitive metallography
  • Optical and Stereo Microscopy
  • Macro and micro-hardness testing: fracture toughness testing
  • FE-SEM/EDS, SEM/EDS, AES/SAM, SIMS, small-spot XPS

Materials Performance Characterization

We perform accelerated in-house performance testing for:

  • thermal stability
  • catalyst properties (hydrocarbon steam cracking and related coke gasification, pressurized CO₂ conversion to methanol, etc.)
  • thermal gravimetric analysis TGA (experiments up to 1,600°C; experiments with flammable gases, including 100% hydrogen)
  • differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • high temperature carburization
  • high temperature corrosion
  • high temperature oxidation

Thermal Analysis Capabilities


Setaram SETSYS Evolution

Mettler Toledo

TA Discovery

Maximum Temperature




Maximum Heating Rate

100°C / min

100°C / min

500°C / min

Maximum Weight

35 g

5 g

750 mg

Balance Resolution

0.002 mg

1.0 mg

0.1 mg

DSC Capable


Yes – dedicated dual pan DSC sensor


Flammable Gas Compatible




Relative Humidity Compatible

Up to 90% relative humidity at 70°C with Wetsys option

Up to 5 vol.% water vapour


Heat Treatment

Various in-house capabilities to 1,500°C with controlled atmosphere to high vacuum levels (10-6 torr levels).    Largest vacuum-heat treatment furnaces in Western Canada to 1,300°C, up to 4,000 lb loads, 16 feet, ~140 cubic feet.

Other Services:

  • Nano and Micro-scale Powder Manufacturing and Processing
  • Surface Engineering and Surface Modification/Enhancement
  • Surface finishing - extensive
  • Coating - extensive