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DSM Resolve

Molecular imaging

Outsourced molecular imaging: Under the microscope

From identifying unwanted odors in cheese to analyzing surface defects in performance materials, our capability in molecular imaging helps to shed valuable new light on our customers’ applications.

A design-driven approach

Our work on molecular imaging is based on the latest design-driven approach and increasingly covers not only the composition of molecules in materials, but their organization.

Through faster and more efficient analysis of crystallization and the organization of the different constituents we give customers a far clearer insight into the relationship between chemical composition and mesoscopic properties.

Solving real analytical problems

Just two ways that our macromolecular capabilities have helped customers…

  • Identifying surface property defects in materials: In order to help our customer better understand the distribution and organization of substances in (bio)materials and how they caused defects we used imaging and spectroscopic techniques including IR, MS, EDX, MRI, and UV-VIS.
  • Analyzing electrical ‘shorts’ in electronic devices: The electronic components produced by our customer were suffering shorts, leading to a higher reject rate. By using elemental mapping - specifically, microphobe-EDXRF analysis - we identified the probable causes.

Analytical science competences

Our unique combination of competences in Morphology and Molecular Structures enables our capability in Molecular Imaging.


Morphology covers our ability to characterize the spatial assemblies of molecules. It answers the universal question that all customers ask, no matter what the industry or application: “What does the surface or interface of my product look like? Which (macro) molecules are present, and how are they organized?”

Molecular Structures

Molecular Structures covers our ability to identify and characterize molecules.

This means understanding the molecule and all the aspects of it; and knowing which technologies to apply, and how to integrate the data to describe it.