Organization profile

Organization profile

The Characterization Facility is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine.  Our analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light, including cryogenic methods; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectrometry; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology. Equipment includes: Small- and Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (including micro), Scanning probe microscopes (including environmental) and nanoindentors, Ion Beam Analysis (RBS, FReS, PIXE, NRA), Surface analysis (XPS, Auger, micro-contact angle), Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (including cryo/bio, EDS/EELS, EBSD, cathodolum.), Infrared and Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, stylus and light profilometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry and light microscopy; training/rental of all of the above; work with externals (industry/academic/government), educational outreach; internal curricular usage.

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    Robert S Hafner

    Person: Researcher

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    Greg D Haugstad

    Person: Researcher



    PPG Methods Collaboration

    Haugstad, G. D.

    PPG Industries, Inc.


    Project: Research project

  • Research Output

    Intrinsic toughness of the bulk-metallic glass Vitreloy 105 measured using micro-cantilever beams

    Sorensen, D., Hintsala, E., Stevick, J., Pischlar, J., Li, B., Kiener, D., Myers, J. C., Jin, H., Liu, J., Stauffer, D., Ramirez, A. J. & Ritchie, R. O., Jan 15 2020, In : Acta Materialia. 183, p. 242-248 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Quantum Superconductor-Metal Transitions in the Presence of Quenched Disorder

    Lewellyn, N. A., Percher, I. M., Nelson, J., Garcia-Barriocanal, J., Volotsenko, I., Frydman, A., Vojta, T. & Goldman, A. M., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. 33, 1, p. 183-190 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Centrifugally spun α-Fe2O3/TiO2/carbon composite fibers as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

    Zuniga, L., Gonzalez, G., Chavez, R. O., Myers, J. C., Lodge, T. P. & Alcoutlabi, M., Oct 1 2019, In : Applied Sciences (Switzerland). 9, 19, 4032.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access