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 and member of the Michigan Tech Materials Characterization and Fabrication Facilities. 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 (S-TEM), 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).
  • The Fluorescence Optical Microscopy Facility offers two optical microscopes and digital cameras.

ACMAL Rooms Location
Auger Spectrometer M&M 615
Atomic Force Microscope M&M 616
Ultramicrotome M&M 617
X-Ray Diffraction M&M 629
X-Ray Fluorescence M&M 630
Image Analysis M&M 631
Focused Ion Beam System M&M 632
Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope M&M 636
Electron Microscope Sample Preparation M&M 637
Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope M&M 717

ACMAL Rooms Contact: Liz Miller

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