External Users

The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) provides external partners with customized analytical solutions that run the gamut of customer-specified analytical work to sponsored R&D projects that involve coordinated use of analytical services across campus, as well as experienced faculty with expertise in materials areas important to the issues being investigated. The MCF has 30 instruments with comprehensive capabilities to answer many of the most relevant materials questions researchers have today. Descriptions of the instruments along with their capabilities and rates are detailed on the Capabilities & Instruments page. A full list of the FY21 rates for all instruments can be viewed here

Materials Analytical Services

  • Customer-driven analyses for specific, well-defined analytical needs
  • Specific instruments selected for analyses needed
  • On-site user training for customers conducting on-site analytical work

Materials Analysis Consulting

  • Consulting services for addressing broader, but still specific materials questions
  • Project analytical scope defined through initial meeting with customer
  • Other core research facilities involved depending on analytical needs

Sponsored Materials Research and Development (R&D)

  • Analysis-heavy, collaborative research and development projects of short duration (3-6 months)
  • Project research and development scope defined through initial meeting with customer
  • Working as a team across other core research facilities
  • Faculty involvement based on complexity and needs
  • Non-disclosure agreements required