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State of the art equipment run by world-class Scientists & Engineers

Insightful characterization, imaging, & measurement services

We are a state-of-the-art material characterization services company staffed by world class scientists and engineers. We provide characterization, imaging, and measurement services of advanced materials for commercial customers in industries such as semiconductors, solar, medical devices, MEMS and others. Our metrology techniques include AFM, SEM, XRD, ellipsometry, optical profilometry, and many more.

Covalent 48-hour guarantee*

48-Hour Guarantee* without Premiums or “Rush pricing”

Our 48-Hour Guarantee* applies to standard measurements of the following techniques:

  • Spectral Ellipsometry
  • Optical Profilometry
    • White Light Interferometry
    • Patterned Light / Wide Area 3D Msmt.
    • Laser Confocal Microscopy
  • Advanced Optical Microscopy
  • Nanomechanical Testing
  • SEM
    • SEM-EDS

For our measurement and imaging services not under the 48-Hour Guarantee* we still normally turn samples in a week or less.

*48-Hour = 2 business days. The Guarantee applies under conditions to be met for “Standard Measurement” as well as of acceptance of the order by Covalent Metrology. “Standard Measurement” designation will be made clear at quote – large sample volumes or applications that require some development may be excluded, this will be disclosed and discussed in advance. Call us for more information on any of our measurement and imaging services that are eligible for our “48-Hour Guarantee”.

If we miss a 48-Hour deadline, we discount your
quoted price:

TurnaroundDiscount from quoted price
48-72 hours25%
72-96 hours50%
Over 4 daysFREE

Competitive Prices

No Price Premiums or Rush-pricing. Ever

  • Our pricing is usually 20-30% lower than leading competitors on all applications
  • We never charge price premiums, even when we get you your data the same day
  • No price premium for our 48-Hour Guarantee*

Insights beyond raw data

We have world-class metrologists working side-by-side with accomplished engineers & scientists in a high-touch & quality-centric way

Our customer engagement model is superior. We work to:

  • Understand your goals and problem statement — clearly and precisely
  • Make thoughtful recommendations regarding both effectiveness AND economics
  • Generate great data on high-quality, calibrated and well-maintained instruments
  • Meet to review & interpret results and then assist you in thinking through next steps

As a material characterization services company, our mission is to help with your characterization, measurement, and imaging work as a trusted partner in achieving your objectives. Whether discussing data on a standard sample or helping on complex consulting engagements, we bring insight and experience.

Flexible services

We have a variety of programs to address the different needs of our customers

  • Membership pricing

    Pre-purchase in bulk to get pricing well below our already competitive “standard” prices.
  • Co-op programs

    Let Covalent host and/or operate your instruments. A smart option when considering buying new instruments or for managing tools you own that are underutilized, expensive or difficult to operate/maintain. Covalent’s customers get better results for less CAPEX + OPEX, while maintaining preferred access.
  • consulting services

    Leverage Covalent professionals to provide specific expertise or even stand in for in-house Metrology functions.
  • Custom bundles

    Solve your toughest problems with custom contracts combining Consulting Services with bulk-priced Sample Testing.

Latest News

Latest News

Covalent Expands Surface Characterization Capabilities with Two New Keyence Instruments

Covalent Expands Surface Characterization Capabilities with Two New Keyence Instruments Read More

Dr. Jeffrey Sullivan Joins Covalent Metrology Services as VP, Metrology Partners

February 14, 2019, Sunnyvale, CA – Covalent Metrology announced today that Dr. Jeffrey Sullivan has joined the company... Read More

Covalent Metrology Acquires SMT Analytical

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan 9, 2019 — Covalent Metrology announced today that it has acquired SMT Analytical and ente... Read More

Upcoming and Recent Events

April 2-4, 2019: Frontiers of Characterization & Metrology for Nanoelectronics (Monterey, CA)

Covalent Metrology will host a booth at one of the premier conferences in our industry.

Nov. 27-28: Pangaea Ventures: Advance Materials Commercialization Summit, 2018 (Vancouver, B.C.)
Covalent CEO Craig Hunter will join a panel discussion on the future of the advanced materials industry.

Nov. 27-28: Pangaea Ventures: Advance Materials Commercialization Summit, 2018 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Covalent CEO Craig Hunter will join a panel discussion on the future of the advanced materials industry.

Nov. 14: ASM – Santa Clara Chapter: Materials Engineering Session @ San Jose State (Silicon Valley)

Covalent CEO Craig Hunter will address attendees about our business and the future of materials engineering.

Latest Publications

Atomic Force Microscopy for Advanced Optical Components

New applications for optical components place ever-higher demands on surface roughness and finish specifications. Current generation atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques provide accurate 3D images with sub-angstrom accuracy in less than a minute. These advancements make AFM ideal for applications requiring more detailed information than available with optical interferometry techniques.

Mid-Range Optical Profilometry: An Overview

Profilometry for surface characterization and dimensioning is a key area of expertise for Covalent Metrology and is proving invaluable to customers across a wide range of applications. At Covalent Metrology, profilometry covers a complete range of surface features using everything from atomic force microscopy (AFM) to optical systems to mechanical stylus systems. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the technology behind each of the three optical profilometry techniques Covalent Metrology offers and to discuss the relative advantages of each of them.

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