Characterization Facilities

The School of Materials Engineering has a variety of facilities that can assist in characterization of material microstructure (grain size and orientation, phase, elemental composition, precipitate structure), surface area and porosity, mechanical properties, absorbed gasses, etc.

Equipment is available to all Materials Engineering students. Reasonable accommodations will be made for out-of-department users with a legitimate need to use School of Materials Engineering facilities; however, department labs are not a 'user facility' and should not be regarded as such.


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



Soft Materials

Physical Properties

Surface Area and Porosity (BET)

Particle Sizing (Coulter Counter)

Density (Gas Pycnometry)