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.
Laboratory Safety (Information and Safety Training)
Report Lab and Equipment Issues (QR code link)
Training and Lab Access
Request Equipment Training (iLab Project Requests)
Equipment Mailing Lists (required for equipment training)
MSE 581 SEM Training Course
MSE 582 TEM Training Course
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 to submit a General Inquiry into working with The School of Materials and you will be contacted shortly regarding your inquiry.
To register as a user, please fill out the Purdue iLab Registration form.
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. All shared equipment runs through iLab, a scheduling and billing software run from an internet browser. The School of Materials equipment in iLab is broken down into two major facilities: Characterization and Preparation Facilities and the Soft Materials Laboratory.
Microstructure and Composition
Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM)
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
Mechanical and Thermal Properties
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.
Conductive Coating (SEM)
Ion Polishing (SEM)
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.