Natick Laboratory

Testing Everything From Batteries to Biotech

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High-tech Labs and Inspection Areas

At the Exponent labs in Natick, MA, our experts study everything from how batteries corrode in cell phones to how medical devices corrode in humans. This flagship facility includes labs for corrosion and metallurgy, dry and wet inspection, SEM & CT inspection, microbiology and molecular biology lab (bioanalytical test lab), machine shop, high bay, thermal lab, dust test lab, battery cycling, and battery teardown.

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Thermal Lab

Our thermal lab at Natick allows our multidisciplinary teams to collaborate on answering questions related to fires and explosions across a broad range of industries, from manufacturing to petrochemicals to consumer products. Whether it's determining the root cause of a fire or preventing one, we offer the hands-on expertise to uncover the insights you need to move forward.

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Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Our lab team specializes in quickly developing customized testing while adhering to industry quality standards. We have the in-house expertise to perform protocol development, quality control checks, and comprehensive microbiological testing, including antimicrobial testing, disinfection and cleaning assessments, and contamination sampling and analysis.

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Battery Disassembly Lab

Safely disassembling batteries for assessment while preventing damage to samples requires experience as well as specialized infrastructure and equipment. Natick's battery disassembly lab can help you determine the cause of failures and improving safety and reliability. Our team helps you:

  • choose the best battery for your product.
  • verify the battery chemistry and composition.
  • identify potential issues with regard to intellectual property infringement.
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Wet Chemistry Lab

The wet chemistry lab at Natick for wet inspections enables our experts to observe an analyze materials related to a wide of range of client challenges, whether you're trying to determine what materials to use for a product, assessing consumer health implications, or determining impact on the environment.

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Combustible Dust Testing Laboratory

The combustible dust testing laboratory helps clients develop effective mitigation strategies by analyzing potential combustible dust hazards and providing onsite consulting to identify potential problems. We help you select the right testing for you by offering a variety of standard ASTM International tests, such as combustibility and explosibility screening tests and customized test methods for accident recreation, hazard demonstrations, and hazard assessments.  

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The Natick lab offers in-house computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis of a wide variety of objects to support failure analysis investigations, quality/reliability assessments, and intellectual property, regulatory, and products liability litigation support. 

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Natick Lab Services 

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  • Accident Reconstruction 

  • Batteries & Energy Storage Technology 

  • Civil and Geotechnical Engineering 

  • Corrosion 

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics & Fire Dynamics Modeling 

  • Electrical Engineering 

  • Engineering Mechanics 

  • Explosion Investigation 

  • Fire Cause & Origin 

  • Intellectual Property Evaluation 

  • Materials Engineering 

  • Mechanical Engineering 

  • Mechanical Systems Analysis 

  • Medical Device Technology 

  • Metallography 

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) 

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  • Polymers 

  • Product Design 

  • Product Liability and Injury Analysis 

  • Product Stewardship 

  • Regulatory Analysis 

  • Site Assessments 

  • Textiles 

  • Thermal Sciences 

  • Vehicle Engineering 

Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory Services

  • qPCR
  • RT-PCR
  • Nucleic acid extraction
  • Enzyme assays
  • Protein assays
  • ELISAs
  • Lateral flow immunoassays

Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory Instruments

  • Incubator
  • Biosafety cabinet, class II type B2
  • Environmental chamber
  • Autoclave
  • Real-time PCR
  • Western blot transfer system
  • Plate reader
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer

We also have ready access to ddPCR and sequencing equipment, as well as Exponent's broader chemical analysis and characterization capabilities.

Accredited Tests

In recognition of the successful completion of the A2LA Accreditation Program, our Natick laboratory is accredited to perform the following tests on the following materials: metals, biomaterials, medical consumables, and medical devices:

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