PicaMS Pty Ltd
MaterialS: picometre structure - nanotechnology - millimetre application

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It is our mission at PicaMS to enable development of better materials and better products through nanocharacterisation and physical modelling 

Why does industry seek assistance from PicaMS?

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 established.
  • The second reason is to aid in product development, as was done in a recent project with an agricultural company.  In order to develop a product it is necessary to fully characterise the material and then map changes required for product improvement.

About PicaMS

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.

What 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.  We 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 and the level of professionalism at PicaMS.
  Mick Wallace, Engineering and Technology Manager, Nufarm Limited, Laverton, VIC

In my work on gasification properties 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 chars.  Using the electron microscope Dr Barry of PicaMS Pty Ltd quickly identified the most significant factors for the determination of gasification properties.  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 business with you.
* communication - easy going and smooth, terminology and language is understandable for customer
* 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.
   Based on your 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

Nanostructure is the single most important agent for control of properties and function of the new materials