Surface Topography Characterization

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Surface Topography Characterization


Alfa Chemistry is one of the service providers of graphene analysis and testing. We can use advanced technology to analyze your graphene products in detail. The surface properties of graphene play a vital role in its applications in composite materials, nano-coatings, and nano-electronic devices. Alfa Chemistry can characterize the layered structure of graphene by using high-resolution electron microscopy such as Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

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Platforms for Surface Topography Analysis


  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

SEM uses an electron beam to scan the surface of the sample to excite secondary electrons. Secondary electron imaging can obtain the three-dimensional information of the sample surface topography. SEM has the advantages of high magnification, large depth of field and high resolution. It is widely used in graphene research, especially CVD graphene research.

SEM morphology of graphene powder.Fig 1. SEM morphology of graphene powder. (Chen Z.L, et al, 2018)

SEM morphology of (a)graphene film prepared by CVD method and (b)graphene prepared by mechanical peeling method.Fig 2. SEM morphology of (a)graphene film prepared by CVD method and (b)graphene prepared by mechanical peeling method. (Chen Z.L, et al, 2018)

  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

TEM uses a high-energy electron beam to pass through a thin film sample to obtain an image after focusing and magnification. TEM uses an electron beam as a light source and an electromagnetic field as a lens, so it has a higher resolution. In addition, due to the weak penetrating power of the electron beam, the sample used for the electron microscope needs to have a thickness of nanometer scale.

TEM and atomic-scale TEM images of the pure and boron-doped graphite.Fig.3 TEM and atomic-scale TEM images of the pure and boron-doped graphite. (Kim Y.A, et al, 2012)

Detectable samples include:

Graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, nanographene and etc.

Testing Standard

GB/T 30544.13-2018 ISO/TS 80004-13:2017(en): Graphene and Related Two-dimensional (2D) Materials.

Why Us?

  • Alfa Chemistry laboratory adopts ISO/IEC17025 international laboratory management system.
  • Alfa Chemistry is equipped with various analysis and testing instruments.
  • Alfa Chemistry has a high-level, professional and experienced technical team.
  • Alfa Chemistry has short detection period and complete experimental programs.

Alfa Chemistry guarantees to provide customers with efficient and high-standard graphene surface morphology analysis services.



  1. Chen Z.L, et al. (2018). "Common Characterization Methods Graphenes." PTCA (PART A: PHYS. TEST.). 54(2), 89-97.
  2. Kim Y.A, et al, (2012). "Raman Spectroscopy of Boron-Doped Single-Layer Graphene." ACS Nano. 6(7), 6293-6300.
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