Surface Science Western has participated in a large variety of environmental-based research studies, with an emphasis on minerals and mineral processing, green technologies, new materials development, and contamination problems.

Environmental Solutions

  • Improving mining and mineral processing to minimize the environmental impact
  • Examination and identification of polymers in solar cells
  • Improving the longevity of weathering steel on bridges
  • Identification of biofilms on surfaces
  • Identification of soap in water systems
  • Characterization and identification of particles and dust on filters in ventilation systems
  • Checking for heavy metals in components, e.g. lead, chromate, arsenic
  • Examination of water purification components
  • Characterization of microplastics