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Instrumentation

Materials Science Center Instrumentation


The Materials Science Center has a wide array of materials related instrumentation.  The instruments are used for facutly/student research and for industrial and educational outreach.

The instruments can be categorized as follows with overlap as many instruments will provide information in more than one category.

Imaging
Elemental/Chemical Analysis
Physical/Mechanical Properties
Sample Preparation

 

Imaging:       

  • Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS)      
  • Scanning Auger Nanoprobe (SAN)         
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)         
  • (9) Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)         
  • Raman Spectroscope         
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)         
  • IR Camera         
  • Optical Microscopes

 

Elemental/Chemical Analysis:       

  •  X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)         
  •  X-ray Photoelectron Spectoroscopy (XPS)        
  •  X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)         
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)        
  • UV-Vis        
  • Fluorescence        
  • Gel Permeation Chromotography (GPC)       
  • Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS)        
  • Scanning Auger Nanoprobe (SAN)        
  • Transmission Electron Microscope  with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (TEM/EDS)        
  • Raman

 

Physical/Mechanical Properties:        

  • Nanoindenter       
  • Instron Tensile/Compression Tester         
  • Gel Permeation Chromotography (GPC)        
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)        
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Rheometer
  • Microhardness Tester

 

Sample Preparation:

  • Inspection Microscopes     
  • Low-Speed Linear Diamond Saw   
  • Sample Mounting Prss
  • Manual and Semi-Automatic Mechanical Grinders/Polishers     
  • Vibrational Polishing    
  • Sputter Coating    
  • Evaporator     
  • Tube Furnaces up to 1700C    
  • Vacuum Oven  

 

Policies for Use and Scheduling of MaterialScience Center Instruments

Scheduling instruments that are in high demand will conform to the plan outlined below if a formal schedule must be established.

  • For all times of the year: if industrial partners need access to the instrument, it must be available at least 25% of a 40-hour week to support industrial partnerships (10 hours during the day of a "regular" 40-hour work week).
  • Academic Year Use: Of the remaining 75% of the week, course-based teaching needs will have maximum priority; faculty/student collaborative research and industrial partnerships will receive equal priority for scheduling, second only to teaching."After-hours" use will be determined on an ad-hoc basis.The Material Science Center Director will resolve scheduling conflicts.
  • Summer Use: Of the remaining 75% of the week, course-based teaching needs will have maximum priority; faculty/student collaborative research will receive secondary priority for scheduling; industrial partnerships will receive tertiary priority for scheduling."After-hours" use will be determined on an ad-hoc basis.The Materials Science Center Director will resolve scheduling conflicts.

Outreach Projects (such as projects involving industry, other universities, other institutions,or teachers, students or schools) that use instruments managed by Materials Science, or projects that involve MSC staff, must be coordinated through the Materials Science Center. MaterialsScience funds that are needed to enable such projects must be approved by the MSC director in advance of starting the project. Similarly, projects that require MSC staff time must be approved in advance.Finally, funds arising from such projects (to pay for instrument access,staff time, or faculty time) must be paid to the Materials Science Center.

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