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Materials Testing & Characterisation

Materials Testing, Analysis, Evaluation and Characterisation

To ensure your products perform to the best of their ability and to develop the products of the future, bringing them to market quickly after thorough testing, characterisation, analysis, and evaluation is critical.

At Lucideon, we provide materials and products testing, characterisation, analysis and evaluation to customers around the world across a wide range of industries. Unlike other test houses, we don't just provide data: our experts offer interpretation to supply answers to your questions, ensuring that you have the full picture of why your material or product is performing the way it is.

With a full suite of state-of-the-art analytical capabilities, from chemical and physical to high temperature and surface analysis, we can put together comprehensive testing, analysis, and evaluation packages to provide you with all the information you need.

Our experts can analyse and evaluate almost any material at high, ambient, or low temperatures, providing information on coatings, raw materials, the interfaces between materials and how they interact with each other, and help you to understand how changes can affect your products.


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We can help you to:

  • Gain regulatory approval
  • Characterise your materials
  • Determine if your material or product is fit for purpose
  • Identify and rectify failures
  • Improve product performance
  • Ensure you meet QA / QC (Quality Assurance / Control) requirements

Put Lucideon to the test...

We provide testing, characterisation, analysis, and evaluation across a range of products including, ceramics, glass, metals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, raw materials, and composites (including ceramic matrix composites, CMC). Our work is to international standards, but should a standard not exist, we will put together a package of testing that gives you the answer that you need.



Below is a list of some of the areas in which we provide testing:

Our experts have many years of experience across a variety of industries, allowing them to transfer the knowledge learnt in one industry to another.



Why Lucideon?

  • Quick turnaround
  • Consultative approach to your analysis needs
  • Accurate data
  • Analysis and support
  • Comprehensive analytical capabilities - everything you need in one place
  • 7 years' archive storage of all analysis data
  • Extensive materials expertise
  • Ultramodern analytical facilities
  • UK- and US-based laboratories
  • Approved partner laboratories




UKAS Accreditation in the UK

Lucideon is a UKAS accredited testing (0013) and calibration (0420) laboratory in the UK.




MRHA / GMP Certification & Compliance

Lucideon is fully GMP certified for quality control testing of human and veterinary medicinal products (See our GMP certificates for Human Medicinal Products and Veterinary Medicinal Products).

All Lucideon's services are undertaken in compliance with EU guidance on GMP as it applies to contract QC testing laboratories.

In the UK Lucideon is a UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013) and our Pharmaceutical/GMP Laboratories hold an MHRA Certificate of GMP Compliance (No. UK GMP 43644 Insp GMP/IMP 43644/34927202-0002, dated 29/02/2024) for contract QC Testing of Human and Veterinary Medicines. The Lucideon Pharmaceutical/GMP Laboratories also hold a current FDA Certificate of Registration and were successfully inspected by FDA in September 2019.

In the US Lucideon is Nadcap-accredited and has 10 CFR 50 Appendix B Quality Assurance accreditation.


» Our MHRA Certificate of GMP Compliance may be viewed here on the MHRA website.

» Our FDA registration certificate can be viewed here


Quality Assurance Program in the US

The rigorous quality assurance requirements mandated by ISO 17025, Nadcap (aerospace and defense industry) and 10 CFR 50 Appendix B (nuclear utility industry) are applied to each and every job we perform, regardless of whether it requires conformance to any of these accreditations. We also maintain a GE Transportation and Aviation Special Process Certification to perform many S-400 test codes.

How does our Quality Assurance Program help you? It assures you that every job you submit to us will be performed to exacting standards for accuracy, reliability, and traceability.

At Lucideon, we live and breathe quality. We consistently apply proven technologies to deliver the highest level of excellence to you.

US Accreditation Logos

Accreditation certificates for Lucideon in the US are available below [PDF files].

ISO/IEC 17025

Nadcap AC7101 – Materials Testing Laboratories

GE Aviation – S-400 Special Process Certification

For Lucideon in the US, Test Methods, Standards and Specifications Include ASTM, IPC, IPC Thermal Tests, ISO, MIL-SPEC, NEMA L1-1, OEM-Specific & SAE Aerospace Material Specifications.

White Papers

Reusable Medical Devices
Cleaning and Sterilisation Validations for Reusable Medical Devices

This process involves ensuring cleaning procedures used to clean medical devices and instruments are effective at removing contaminants and microbes

Offsite Construction
Offsite Construction: The Relevance of Full Scale Testing

The purpose of this paper is to show some examples where the results from whole building tests have demonstrated distinct improvements in performance

ToFSIMS Imaging
Chemical Imaging of Industrial and Healthcare Materials by ToFSIMS

This white paper discusses the power of ToFSIMS across a range of different industries and materials and the specific information and value provided

Failure Analysis of Plastic Products

This white paper provides some insights into the failure of plastic products and introduces some of the analytical techniques commonly used in failure diagnosis

Solving Problems by Materials Analysis with an Electron Microprobe

This white paper describes examples of how electron microprobe analysis has been used effectively in problem solving

Digital Image Correlation
Digital Image Correlation and its Benefits to Industry

The applications of Digital Image Correlation are vast, from eyeball pressure testing to earthquake analysis

Case Studies

Sun Cream
Croda & Lucideon Further Optimise Coating Coverage and Application

Lucideon testing helps to optimize the coating process of powders

Battersea Power Station
Brickwork Evaluation of Battersea Power Station

Brickwork testing for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project

Topps Tiles
Topps Tiles

Benchmarking study carried out by Lucideon

Rolls-Royce Engine
Lucideon's Surface Analysis Provides Key Data for Rolls-Royce

Monitoring of the in-depth distribution of key alloying elements and trace elements using SIMS

Stainless Steel Orthopaedic Instrument
When the Unexpected Happens to Your Polymer Components

Analysis of failed polymer components in orthopaedic instruments using a range of testing and analysis techniques

External Wall Insulation System
Lucideon Develops Customised Testing Program for Mauer's Novel EWI System

One of Mauer’s unique EWI systems achieved certification through the development of a customized testing program