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Phenom ParticleX TC

Phenom ParticleX TC

Desktop SEM for technical cleanliness at microscale

The Thermo Scientific Phenom ParticleX TC is a versatile desktop SEM for high-quality in-house characterisation, verification and classification of materials.

It’s simple to operate and fast to learn, opening up particle and material analysis to a wider group of users.

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Thermo Scientific Phenom ParticleX TC


  • Manufacturing
  • Automotives
  • Quality control
  • Materials science


  • Automated characterisation, verification and classification.
  • Much faster results than outsourcing.
  • Easy to use, with minimal training.
  • Reports compliant with industry standards.

Technical Cleanliness

SEM can analyse smaller particles than light microscopy, which is now necessary in many industries including automatives. As well as automated SEM, the Phenom ParticleX TC also offers EDS (Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy) for chemical classification of the particles. This provides extra insights in production processes and environments.

Standard reports compliant with VDA 19 / ISO 16232 or ISO 4406/4407 are available. You can run standard recipes
or specify parameters such as particle size range, chemical classification rules, area of interest and stop criteria. Reports can be exported, and particles can be revisited for further analysis.

Secondary Electron Detector

An optional secondary electron detector (SED) is available for collecting low-energy electrons from the top surface layer. This is useful where topography and morphology are important, revealing detailed surface information about microstructures, fibres and particles.

Easy-to-Use SEM

The user interface is based on Thermo Scientific’s established Phenom desktop SEM range, which is designed to be easy to use, making SEM more accessible. Both existing and new SEM users need only minimal training to be up and running and acquiring high quality images and data.

You can perform both element mapping and line scans. Line scans display the quantified element distribution in a line plot; especially useful with coatings, paints and multiple layers for analysing edges, coatings and cross-sections.

Size and Weight

  • Imaging module
    Size: 316mm (w) x 587mm (d) x 625mm (h)
    Weight: 75 kg
  • Diaphragm vacuum pump
    Size: 145mm (w) x 220mm (d) x 213mm (h)
    Weight: 4.5 kg
  • Power supply
    156mm (w) x 300mm (d) x 74mm (h)
    Weight: 3 kg
  • Monitor
    Size: 531.5mm (w) x 515.4mm (h) x 250mm (d)
    Weight: 6.7 kg
  • Workstation
    Size: 169mm (w) x 456mm (d) x 432mm (h
    Weight: 15 kg


Mineral fibre

Mineral fiber detected and characterised automatically.

Aluminium wear debris

Aluminium wear debris

Contaminant particle in a polymeric matrix

Contaminant particle in a polymeric matrix.

Element mapping with EDS

Element mapping with EDS



Phenom ParticleX Desktop SEM: Quality Starts at the Microscale

An on-demand webinar from Thermo Scientific:

  • ISO 16232 and VDA-19 compliance for Technical Cleanliness.
  • ISO 4406 and ISO 4407 for contamination of hydraulic fluids.
  • Particle morphology for additive manufacturing feed-stocks.
  • Workflow examples for particle classifications and reporting.

Register to watch on-demand from Thermo Scientific…


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