Our MRSEC maintains a robust set of shared core research facilities for making, characterizing, imaging, and measuring many types of materials and samples.

All shared facilities are open-access and available to all internal, external academic, and industrial users. Some of these might be able to help you in solving a preparation or characterization problem in your company or lab. If so, please contact us. We would like these facilities to have maximum benefit and impact. Many of our members are also willing to share their expertise to help companies implement these techniques. If you're interested in exploring a specific technique with us. Please contact the technical director(s) of the facility of interest, or the faculty supervisor.

Resources include:

  • FEG Scanning electron microscopes with electron-beam writing capabilities and sub-nm imaging resolution.
  • Scanning probe microscopes including atomic force microscopes (AFM) and STM
  • A suite of spectrocopy instruments for Raman, Fluorescence, UV/Vis/NIR absorption, particle sizing, thin film, and thermal characterization.
  • Materials preparation lab with surface coating, thermal processing, optical lithography, and vapor deposition facilities
  • Laser cutter, 3D printers, and personal CNC machines for rapid fabrication.
  • State-of-the-art image processing and high-speed cameras
  • Low temperature magnetic and electrical characterization.
The Materials Center also has access to specialized, affiliated facilities:
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy facility
  • Magnetic Resonance imaging
  • The Institute for Biophysical Dynamics Nanobiology Facility
  • Biophysics Core Facility
We also interact with the following nearby facilities:
  • Advanced Photon Source (APS)
  • Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS)