our mission at PicaMS to enable
development of better materials and better products through
nanocharacterisation and physical modelling
Why does industry
seek assistance from
There are two reasons why industry will seek the
assistance from PicaMS.
- The first reason is in dealing with product failure.
A recent example of such a problem was
unpredictable staining on clay pavers. The nature of the stain
was found by use of scanning electron microscopy, and a cause
- The second reason is to aid in product
development, as was done in a recent project with an
company. In order to develop a product it is necessary to fully
characterise the material and then map changes required for product
PicaMS is a science
consultant company that offers a materials characterisation service for
analysis of problems in materials structure at length scales ranging
from 200 picometres (0.2 nanometres) and upwards. We can provide
characterisation of materials using electron beam techniques and image
analysis. We devise robust materials solutions in areas of
theoretical workup, process and product development, failure in service
or quality assurance.
our Clients say about us
|I would like to
thank you for your
work with QMAG’s Magnesite Characterization Project. This initial
analysis was quite revealing and yielded excellent SEM images of our
various magnesite morphologies.
John Laing, Senior Technical Services Engineer, Queensland
Magnesia Pty Ltd, Rockhampton, QLD
|PicaMS was engaged
to do a
comparative SEM study of various copper hydroxide formulations.
found that the SEM imaging is a very efficient way of establishing
outcomes and reproducibility of various processing methods. As a
consequence we were able to make timely changes to our production
processes. We are very happy with response, the turnaround time
the level of professionalism at PicaMS.
Mick Wallace, Engineering and Technology Manager, Nufarm
Limited, Laverton, VIC
|In my work on
and porosity of bagasse chars I asked of PicaMS Pty Ltd to
provide the electron microscope imaging so as to enable direct
visualisation of porosity and particle microstructure in these
Using the electron microscope Dr Barry of PicaMS Pty Ltd quickly
identified the most
significant factors for the determination of gasification
The findings changed our way of thinking about the gasification process.
James Joyce, Sugar Research Institute, Bundaberg, QLD
| It is real
pleasure to have done
* communication -
easy going and smooth, terminology and language is understandable for
* response - quick
* presentation of
results - very good
* achievements - we
have absolutely what we want and what had been expected, results are
important and unique for customer.
reports we will have opportunity to review and modify current process.
Proposed process modification should not only increase capacity, but
also decrease unit costs.
Sergy Prykhno, Process Engineer, Rakon Limited, Auckland, NZ
|From the day that
he first began to
consult with us Dr John Barry of PicaMS Pty Ltd has brought tremendous
innovation and energy into our project. His innovations in the use of
the superconductors in passive and active components has lead to a
number of new design for us. The behaviour of superconductors
seems unintuitive for most engineers and having a specialist scientist
driving the component design has made a huge difference to our team.
Tony Guina, Guina Developments, Gold Coast, QLD
is the single most important agent for control of properties and
function of the new materials