Hello 2020!

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the doorstep of 2020! We look forward to growing and further developing our relationship with your company in the New Year ahead.

Covalent has had a very productive and exciting 2019. This past year, Covalent grew our Silicon Valley lab more than 50%, vastly expanded our portfolio of in-house instruments, signed collaborations with leading instrument companies, developed new relationships with Network Lab Partners, secured significant outside investment, closed on our first acquisition, grew our customer base 3-4x and more than doubled the size of our Team (now 24 talented and highly motivated individuals and counting). Whew!

In 2020, you can expect Covalent to continue aggressively growing and investing. Already, four new instruments are scheduled for installation in the next few months (dual beam FIB / SEM, XPS, SAM for larger samples and uXRF). Our recruiting efforts are targeted to support additional techniques, a greater volume of business and the development of some exciting new capabilities yet to be unveiled. Stay tuned!

Whether you’re a customer or a partner, we love to explore opportunities to work together.

And as always, you can get our latest updates by following us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a prosperous and healthy New Year and New Decade ahead!

Until next time, Happy New Year from,

Your Friends @ Covalent.

New Partnerships

Covalent Metrology is very happy to welcome two new instrument partners!

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Upcoming EventAPEX EXPO IPC 2020
APEX Expo IPC 2020
February 4-6, San Diego, California

IPC APEX EXPO is the largest electronics manufacturing event in North America with more than 9,000 professionals from 45 countries.

In San Diego? Book a meeting with us!

Customer Appreciation Holiday Celebration Recap

Covalent Metrology Holiday

Covalent Metrology held its first customer appreciation event!

Co-sponsoring was Mr. Jiro Kitaura from the Rigaku Corporation and Mr. Bill Marsh of PVA TePla America!

Covalent Metrology Team Photo

Covalent Metrology Holiday Photos

Covalent Metrology Holiday Video Clips

Did you get to chat with our team and explore all our instruments? Have a colleague that could benefit from a tool we have?

Here’s the current inventory:

Rigaku Equipment (all installed and up and running)
SmartLab XRD w/ heated stage, high res optics, etc.
AZX400 WDXRF – capable up to 400mm parts (targets, for example)
GT Lab HX micro-CT (up to 130keV)

Anton Paar
Surpass 300 Zeta Potential analyzer for flat surfaces (installed, awaiting some facilities)
Litesizer 500 DLS (installed, awaiting some facilities)
PSA 1190 Particle Size Analyzer (laser diffraction – up to 2.5mm particles) – on the way
MC302 Rheometer – on the way
Tosca 400 AFM – Jan / Feb

SAM 302 acoustic microscope (up and running)
Second one in a few weeks (larger parts)
Thermo Fisher
Helios G5 FIB/SEM – Feb
Nexsa XPS with UPS & ISS – Feb

Others (all installed and up and running)
Perkin Elmer UV-Vis 1050
Nicolet 6700 FTIR / ATR-FTIR with microscope
FRT chromatic aberration
Bruker Dimension Icon AFM
Bruker Hysitron Ti Premier 950
Hitachi 4700 w/ EDX
Keyence VK1100 laser confocal
Keyence VR3200
Keyence VH digital microscope
Zygo ZeGage Plus White Light Interferometer
Dektak Stylus Prof.
Water Contact Angle
Tabers (rotary and linear)
Polishers / manual sample prep / pull testers for “dye and pry”

And, of course, our network of partner labs
TEM, ICPMS, GCMS, DSC, TGA, DMA, ToF-SIMS, Auger and more

Like what you see?

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Meanwhile, thank you again for making our holiday open house such a success!

We are immensely grateful to be your trusted partner!

-Team Covalent

Anton Paar and Covalent Metrology Announce Broad Collaboration, Silicon Valley Demo Showroom

Anton Paar and Covalent Metrology Announce Broad Collaboration, Silicon Valley Demo Showroom

Suite of new instruments to be placed at Covalent’s Sunnyvale, CA facility


Covalent Metrology Services, Inc. 

Dec 10, 2019, 07:00 ET

SUNNYVALE, Calif.Dec. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Anton Paar, a leading manufacturer of laboratory and process instrumentation, has selected Covalent Metrology to be the home of its new Silicon Valley demo showroom.

Anton Paar joins other industry leaders in selecting Covalent as a partner for their Silicon Valley demo showroom and applications lab. Collaboration with Covalent provides instrument manufacturers significant customer traffic, as well as access to Covalent’s diverse and experienced technical staff for demos and system improvement advice.

Several Anton Paar instruments will initially be installed at Covalent:

  • Tosca 400 Atomic Force Microscope – The Tosca 400 from Anton Paar facilitates AFM analysis with an easy to use, streamlined workflow. The Tosca 400 also includes the Probemaster, an innovation developed by Anton Paar to simplify cantilever exchange.
  • MCR302 Modular Compact Rheometer – The MCR 302 provides outstanding versatility, enabling users to measure material rheological properties, powder flow and tribology.
  • SurPASS 3™ Electrokinetic Analyzer (Surface Charge and Zeta Potential) – SurPASS 3 provides direct analysis of surface zeta potential, allowing for measurements such as determination of adsorption kinetics and characterization of an adsorbed surface layer.
  • PSA 1190 Particle Size Analyzer (PSA) – The PSA 1190 measures a wide range of particle sizes, both liquid suspension and as dry powders. Extreme accuracy and repeatability are enabled by the PSA 1190’s alignment-free operation.
  • Litesizer™ 500 light scattering system for nanoparticle analysis – The Litesizer 500 determines particle size, zeta potential, and molecular mass. The Litesizer 500 is the only DLS-based particle analyzer that performs a straightforward measurement of a sample’s refractive index and transmittance.

Anton Paar USA CEO Reinhard Eberl believes this partnership to be a perfect match. “Covalent’s complete commitment to data integrity and customer service, along with its top-notch facilities and scientists, make this a very exciting development,” he says. “Anton Paar and Covalent both prioritize precise, innovative measurement, and this new collaboration should prove highly beneficial for both companies. We could not be more excited.”

Craig Hunter, CEO of Covalent stated, “Anton Paar is a recognized world leader with a proud history and a reputation for engineering outstanding analytical instruments. We believe this partnership will help each company both grow revenues and improve technical capabilities. We are thrilled to have been selected and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

About Anton Paar USA

Anton Paar USA is a subsidiary of the Graz, Austria-based Anton PaarAnton Paar is the world’s premier manufacturer of measuring and analytical instrumentation used by laboratories and manufacturers during both research and development and quality control. Founded in 1922, Anton Paar now has subsidiaries in 31 different countries across the world.

Since the beginning of 2018, Anton Paar USA has expanded its USA operations to include four regional offices, with full sales and laboratory operations now taking place in Torrance, CaliforniaHouston, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, while the main Anton Paar USA headquarters remains in Ashland, Virginia.

For further information, contact:

Jeff Linka
Anton Paar USA
Tel 804.550.1051 

About Covalent Metrology Services, Inc.

Covalent Metrology provides imaging and characterization services to support R&D, defect analysis, and quality control for companies in the semiconductor, solar, medical device, MEMS and other industries. More information on characterization services offered by Covalent Metrology is available at covalentmetrology.com.

Covalent Metrology was founded in 2016 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. Its mission is to help companies who use advanced materials to get better data and insight about key research, development and production programs faster, more easily and less expensively. Covalent has already worked with more than 250 customers from over twenty industries and is growing at more than 30% each quarter.

For further information, contact:

Warren Wong
Covalent Metrology
Tel: 408.498.4611

SOURCE Covalent Metrology Services, Inc.

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PVA TePla America and Covalent Metrology Announce Collaboration



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PVA TePla America has established an applications lab at Covalent Metrology’s Silicon Valley facility. The companies plan to jointly develop advanced non-destructive imaging capabilities.


Sunnyvale, CA (PRUnderground) November 25th, 2019—PVA TePla America, a leading equipment manufacturer and supplier of Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM) and Plasma Treatment systems, has signed a cooperative agreement with Covalent Metrology, a leading provider of analytical services to advanced materials innovation companies.

Under the agreement, several advanced Scanning Acoustic Microscopes will be installed at Covalent’s Sunnyvale, CA laboratory, and both companies will be offering development and analytical services on the instruments to their respective customers.

SAM utilizes ultrasound waves to non-destructively examine internal structures, interfaces and surfaces of packaged or non-transparent substrates and parts.  The resulting acoustic signatures can be constructed into three-dimensional images which are analyzed to detect and characterize device flaws such as cracks, delamination, inclusions and voids in bonding interfaces, as well as to evaluate soldering and other interface connections.

PVA TePla SAM 302 HD2

Figure 1— PVA TePla SAM 302 HD²

Bill Marsh, President of PVA TePla America, stated, “Covalent Metrology is developing a team of the very best metrology engineers while combining the best-in-class metrology equipment available in order to provide premier contract services to clients in the heart of Silicon Valley. PVA TePla is pleased to work in collaboration with Covalent’s experienced team and hopes that together we can bring new and unique solutions to enable today’s most advanced technologies to rapidly enter the market.”

Craig Hunter, CEO of Covalent stated, “PVA TePla is a recognized technical leader in acoustic microscopy and we are delighted that they have decided to establish their applications lab at Covalent. Collaboration with leading instrument manufacturers is a great win for everyone involved. Our customers gain convenient access to state-of-the-art capabilities and expertise, and PVA TePla secures a cost-effective, strategic and central location with significant customer traffic.”


About PVA TePla

PVA TePla provides material growth, processing and metrology equipment and contract services for companies in Optoelectronics, Semiconductor & Materials, MEMs, Medical Device, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, and Energy markets. www.pvateplaamerica.com.

PVA TePla America is a subsidiary of PVA TePla AG which is a public company in Germany. The company is an association of diverse high-tech companies that operate worldwide. Founded in 1991 and backed by decades of experience and an eye for the innovations of tomorrow, we develop advanced equipment for vacuum & high-temperature materials treatment, crystal growth, plasma treatment as well as metrology for non-destructive quality material inspections in close cooperation with our customers globally.


For further information, contact:

Bill Marsh

PVA TePla America, Inc.

Tel 1-951- 371-2500



About Covalent Metrology

Covalent Metrology provides imaging and characterization services to support R&D, defect analysis, and quality control for companies in the semiconductor, solar, medical device, MEMS and other industries. More information on characterization services offered by Covalent Metrology is available at covalentmetrology.com.


For further information, contact:

Warren Wong

Covalent Metrology

tel: 1-408-498-4611



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Covalent Metrology and Rigaku Extend Partnership with Installation of Advanced X-Ray Characterization Tools at New Facility

SUNNYVALE, Calif.Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Rigaku Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of X-ray metrology technology, is pleased to announce the installation of two of its newest analytical instruments in the recently-expanded Sunnyvale, CA service lab of Covalent Metrology, a leading provider of analytical services to advanced materials innovation companies.


The delivery of the new systems furthers the pioneering collaboration agreement designed to support American high-tech industries with advanced metrology capabilities. The agreement provides Covalent with exceptional analytical service capabilities and provides Rigaku a North American demonstration facility located in Silicon Valley. The new systems will be available for demonstrations and for Covalent’s analytical service customers.

Among the newly installed instrumentation is the Rigaku AZX400 sequential wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) spectrometer. The system, specifically designed to accommodate large or heavy samples, will be used for precise film and materials compositional analysis and uniformity assessment. The AZX400 system accepts samples up to 400mm in diameter and features an automatic loader to accommodate 200mm cassettes and 300mm front-opening unified pods (FOUPs).

As an optimal R&D system, the AZX 400 spectrometer is a foundational instrument for companies developing next-generation semiconductors, sensors, batteries, solar cells and advanced materials. It is designed to maximize analytical flexibility, covering a broad range of elements, with spot sizes down to 0.5mm diameter for spatially resolved measurements.

Also now installed at Covalent is the Rigaku CT Lab HX high-performance benchtop X-ray Micro-CT system, for 3D and 4D imaging of micro-scale morphologies. Computed tomography (CT) reveals, at high-speed, the high-resolution, three-dimensional structure of an object by means of computer-processed combinations of numerous X-ray images taken from different angles.The CT Lab HX system is a compact yet powerful micro-CT system that can provide three-dimensional X-ray images of a wide variety of samples. It features the largest field of view (FOV) and the most powerful X-ray source in its class (130 kV, 39W), enabling high-speed image acquisition as fast as 18 seconds/scan. The system will be broadly employed for the development and non-destructive failure analysis of advanced materials, packaged and fabricated devices and complex components.

Craig Hunter, CEO of Covalent stated, “We are delighted to add two outstanding analytical instruments from Rigaku to our in-house service offering. The AZX-400 WDXRF system offers superb resolution and the auto-loader feature provides a cost-effective capability to process fab wafers for tool qualifications and yield optimization. The GT Lab HX is a relatively new entrant to the growing micro-CT market and we believe it offers highly competitive speed and resolution for a wide variety of sample types. We are excited to continue building the Rigkau partnership and to help them extend their already powerful market position.”

The Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology Division designs and manufactures X-ray characterization tools to solve semiconductor manufacturing challenges. More information about semiconductor tools from Rigaku is available at rigaku.com/products/semi.

Covalent Metrology provides imaging and characterization services to support R&D, defect analysis, and quality control for companies in semiconductors, solar, medical devices, MEMS and other industries. More information on characterization services offered by Covalent Metrology is available at covalentmetrology.com.

About Rigaku
Since its inception in Japan in 1951, Rigaku has been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. Rigaku and its subsidiaries form a global group focused on general-purpose analytical instrumentation and the life sciences. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, Rigaku companies are world leaders in X-ray spectrometry, diffraction, and optics, as well as small molecule and protein crystallography and semiconductor metrology. Today, Rigaku employs over 1,400 people in the manufacturing and support of its analytical equipment, which is used in more than 70 countries around the world supporting research, development, and quality assurance activities. Throughout the world, Rigaku continuously promotes partnerships, dialog, and innovation within the global scientific and industrial communities.



Michael Nelson
Rigaku Global Marketing Group
tel: +1 512-225-1796


About Covalent Metrology
Covalent Metrology was founded in 2016 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. Its mission is to help companies who use advanced materials to get better data and insight about key research, development and production programs faster, more easily and less expensively. Covalent is dramatically changing the characterization and imaging landscape by combining innovative business models, a solutions-oriented metrology and characterization platform and top-notch customer service with world-class scientists, state-of-art tools, and strategic partnerships. Covalent has already worked with more than 250 customers from 20+ industries and is growing at more than 30% each quarter.

Warren Wong
Covalent Metrology Operations
tel: +1 408-498-4611









Covalent Metrology Expands Team, Creates New Technical Groups

SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 2, 2019 — To keep pace with rapid growth, Covalent Metrology recently hired nine new team members and organized its in-house capabilities into four technical groups. These important additions strengthen the Covalent platform of analytical services for materials science innovators, which also includes an expanding host of network lab partners around the country.

Covalent’s in-house capabilities are now grouped as:

·      Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy

·      Optical Characterization and Analysis

·      Materials Failure Analysis 

·      X-ray Characterization


Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy is a new group that has been formed under the leadership of Dr. David Soltz, who joined Covalent in early September.  Dave brings to Covalent more than 20 years of metrology and characterization instrument development and application experience from such well-known companies as KLA, SunPower and Lumileds. 


Joining Dave in the new group are Jim Shearer, Member of Technical Staff in Electron Microscopy and FIB/SEM, and Dr. Austin Barnes, Member of Technical Staff for Scanning Probe Microscopy.  Jim joined in June and brings with him 25 years of experience in semiconductor failure analysis, including many years working on memory technology with Western Digital / SanDisk.  Austin recently completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where he worked in one of the leading academic groups in scanning probe microscopy.


The Optical Characterization and Analysis Group executes projects using a range of techniques including laser confocal, white light interferometry, spectral ellipsometry, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry, chromatic aberration and FTIR.  Matthew Wong, an experienced technical manager with a M.S. in Chemistry, joined Covalent in August to lead this team.  Matt rose through the ranks at GlassPoint Solar over his 8 years tenure there, most recently being their Manager of Coatings.  


Matt’s team includes Dr. Maxwell Junda, an ellipsometry expert with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral work from the University of Toledo, who joined mid-September, and Kim Tran, a Lab Technician with years of experience at a number of high growth start-ups.  Kim joined Covalent in July.


Materials Failure Analysis continues to be led by Roger Jay, who joined Covalent in connection with the acquisition of SMT Analytical earlier this year.  Tom Rieber joined Roger’s team as a Metrology Engineer in June after graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State. 


The X-ray Characterization Group is an important growth area for Covalent and is led by Dr. Colleen Frazer.  Colleen joined Covalent in January 2018 and has been Director of XRD / XRR since that time.  We will announce a series of new capabilities in this area in the coming weeks – so stay tuned! 


In addition to the new technical staff, Covalent is also pleased to welcome Warren Wong as Sr. Manager of Marketing, and Melissa Findley as our new Office Manager and Bookkeeper. 


We are extremely excited about all of our new colleagues and are currently hiring for additional roles, such as:


·      Manager of Facilities and Operations

·      Member of Technical Staff for X-ray Characterization

·      Operations and Project Coordinator

·      Lab Technicians


If you or someone you know would like to be part of a high growth team in our metrology and characterization enterprise, we hope to hear from you soon! 

About Covalent Metrology

Covalent Metrology is dedicated to improving advanced materials R&D through innovation in the metrology services business model. Covalent works with clients to elevate their metrology capabilities, resulting in better data generated in less time and at lower cost. Covalent’s Analytical Services unit currently offers a wide range of imaging, measurement and characterization services (chemical, physical, optical), at a lower cost and with shorter turnaround time than competing labs. Covalent’s Metrology Partners unit offers a suite of services based on client-specific development objectives aimed at improving in-house and external metrology quality, speed and cost. Covalent Metrology is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley.


Silicon Valley location:

Covalent Metrology Services, Inc.


921 Thompson Pl

Sunnyvale, CA 94086

For more information call (408) 498-4611 or visit the Company’s website at https://www.covalentmetrology.com.