Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory
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Operation

Management

The Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL) is a University Shared Facility. ACMAL houses an extensive array of electron microanalytical and X-ray instruments. ACMAL is managed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Owen P. Mills is the director of ACMAL as well as the manager of the Electron Optics Facility (EOF). The EOF is a subset of the ACMAL facility dedicated to the support of electron beam instruments and ancillary equipment. The lab usually engages one to three undergraduate student staff members to assist in daily maintenance and user support.

ACMAL support staff are here to help you develop the highest level of skill. We accomplish this by providing course work, practical examinations, and one-on-one assistance throughout your activities in the facility. Our goal is to maximize your efficiency. As you advance your skills, you can expect to obtain better quality research results in a safer manner and in minimal time.

Services of the Director

Michigan Tech shared facilities support interdisciplinary and guest research by providing communal space, tools, and equipment. ACMAL is open to all University research units interested in materials characterization research. Services are determined by the director under the guidance of the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The director provides these primary services:

  1. Ensures ACMAL equipment is operational, including maintenance and repair of existing tools and new tools
  2. Trains ACMAL users
  3. Assists researchers and students in developing process plans for their research
  4. Assists course laboratories that utilize ACMAL resources