Materials Science and Engineering

Structural and Chemical Characterization


The Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL), managed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is a University Shared Facility. Lab research activities include characterizing materials and studying the chemistry of materials at the atomic level. ACMAL houses an extensive array of electron microanalytical and x-ray instruments. Five discrete facilities featuring state-of-the-art equipment comprise the ACMAL:

  • The Electron Optics Facility (EOF) includes two scanning electron microscopes (SEM), an atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), and a focused ion beam milling system (FIB).
  • The X-Ray Facility offers an energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and five x-ray diffractometers.
  • The Scanning Probe Microscopy Facility offers scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and an atomic force microscope (AFM).
  • The Surface Analysis Facility offers a scanning Auger microprobe for Auger electron spectroscopy (AES).

ACMAL Rooms Contact: Liz Miller

MSE Labs and Equipment Location Contact
Varied Sample Preparation Techniques M&M 637 Liz Miller
Optical Microscopy and Metallography M&M U107 Daniel Seguin
Image Analysis and Processing M&M 631 Liz Miller
Powder Characterization M&M 532 Paul Fraley
Encapsulation/Glass Working Station   Paul Fraley
Xenon Lamp   Paul Fraley
LECO Light Element Chemical Analyses M&M U109 Daniel Seguin
X-Ray Diffraction M&M 629 Edward Laitila