Materials Characterization Workshop Series

The MCF workshops are designed to provide fundamental technical principles and practical sample preparation and measurement tips required to acquire high quality data from the instruments. Dr. Ian Lightcap, Research and Facilities Program Director, provides the instruction and training for the workshops. He also provides tours of the MCF laboratory located at 132 Nieuwland Science Hall, as well as the ND Energy laboratories located at 116-120 Stinson Remick Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Lightcap at

  • June 9, 2017
    FTIR Micrscope - New Capabilities and Applications for Spatially Resolved FTIR
  • May 12, 2017
    AFM: Atomic Force Microscopy - Fundamentals and Practical Applications
  • April 7, 2017
    ASAP 2020 Physi/chemisorption - Surface Area and Porosity Analysis
  • May 6, 2016
    Raman Spectroscopy - Practical tips for sample preparation and maximizing signal to noise
  • April 8, 2016
    Electrochemistry - Fundamentals, Rotating Disc Electrode, and Electrochemical Impedance
  • February 26, 2016
    DSC, TGA, & TGA/Mass Spectrometer - Thermal Analysis and Practical Applications
  • January 29, 2016
    X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy - XPS from A to Peaks
  • December 4, 2015
    High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction – Grazing Incidence Diffraction, X-ray Reflectivity, and Reciprocal Space Mapping