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Consultancy and Commercial Services

Analytical science, part of Pharmaceutical Technologies analyses and characterises a variety of structural properties of products and can provide valuable services to support a number of industries.

Combining internationally recognised research with state-of-the-art equipment and first class expertise we offer a number of cutting edge techniques to support your business.

Key Strengths

Terahertz 3D

The unique Terahertz 3D imaging and spectroscopic facility offers a non-destructive and non-invasive diagnostic and inspection system, granting opportunities across a broad range of industry sectors.

With the ability to gain spectroscopic information and 3D image maps with unique spectroscopic signatures not found at other wavelengths, Terahertz spectroscopy and imaging has the potential to identify problems before materials go into production and resolve many of the questions left unanswered by complementary techniques, such as optical imaging and infrared, saving companies both time and money.

Dielectric spectroscopy

Dielectric spectroscopy combines state-of-the-art instrumentation with significant expertise in both measurement and interpretation of data to facilitate the resolution of industrial based problems around the processing and product quality of materials.


Rheology tests both liquids and solids to fine tune them for use in a variety of delivery systems.

Thermal analysis

Thermal analysis optimises products by examining the structural properties of materials under a wide range of temperature conditions during the heating and cooling processes.

Pressure sensing

Pressure sensing uses fibre optics to assess changes in pressure over minute time scales. Our equipment is able to monitor, detect and  examine both products (for enhanced product development) and health (eg bladder pressure in tiny animals).

Particle characterisation and sizing

Particle size is critical to ensure performance of a product, whether a solid or a liquid. Size is important for active ingredients to ensure the drug dissolves in the correct amount of time and at the right dosage.

Surface analysis and modification

Our technologies are able to characterise the chemical and physical properties of many different types of surface for product and process optimisation, design and trouble shooting.