Labs & Facilities

New and Current Lab Users

There are a number of policies and procedures in place that both experienced and new users of the Materials Engineering labs need to be aware of and obey. See below for links to specific topics for lab users, or click here for additional information on performing research in the School of Materials Engineering lab facilities.

General Information

Facility Overview

Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Policies

Training and Lab Access

Request Equipment Training

Request Lab Access

Account Information

Coral Account Request (Faculty requests ONLY)

ECN Account Information

Industrial Partners

Industry collaboration is welcome and encouraged. Trained research staff are available to assist in a variety of characterization needs for clients in industry. Please fill out the Collaboration Request Form and you will be contacted shortly regarding your inquiry.

 

Characterization Facilities

A variety of powerful characterization tools are available for researchers in the School of Materials Engineering lab facilities. See below for a list of equipment by type, or click here for additional information and an overview of the Characterization Facilities.

Microstructure and Composition

Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM)

Optical Microscopy

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

Glow Discharge Spectroscopy (GDS)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Raman Spectroscopy

Mechanical and Thermal Properties

Mechanical Testing

Impact Testing

Indentation

Rheometry

Soft Materials

Physical Properties

Surface Area and Porosity (BET)

Particle Sizing (Coulter Counter)

Density (Gas Pycnometry)

 

Specimen Preparation Facilities

Prior to characterization, it is necessary to properly prepare specimens to allow for proper analysis of features of interest. A variety of tools and techniques for specimen preparation are available in the School of Materials Engineering lab facilities. See below for a list of equipment by type, or click here for additional information and an overview of the Specimen Preparation Facilities.

Sectioning

Mounting

Grinding and Polishing

Etching

Conductive Coating (SEM)

 

Processing Facilities

A variety of tools for heat treatment and to simulate industrial processing are available in the School of Materials Engineering lab facilities. See below for a list of equipment by type, or click here for additional information and an overview of the Processing Facilities.

Casting Center

Heat Treatment

Cold Rolling

Polymer Processing

 

Computational Facilities

Purdue Computational Facilities

 

Additional Facilities on Campus

Birck Nanotechnology Center

Life Sciences Microscopy Center