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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Microscopic examination Engineering & Materials Science
Polymers Chemical Compounds
Atomic force microscopy Engineering & Materials Science
Temperature Chemical Compounds
microscopy Physics & Astronomy
Friction Engineering & Materials Science
Gallium Chemical Compounds
Oxygen Chemical Compounds

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Robert S Hafner

Person: Researcher

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Greg D Haugstad

Person: Researcher


Projects 2004 2020

Research Output 1989 2020

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

Metallic glass
Cantilever beams
Fracture toughness
Shear bands
2 Citations (Scopus)

Compression-Induced Polymorphic Transformation in Tablets: Role of Shear Stress and Development of Mitigation Strategies

Thakral, N. K., Thakral, S., Stephenson, G. A., Sedlock, R. & Suryanarayanan, R., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 108, 1, p. 476-484 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hydrostatic Pressure
2 Citations (Scopus)
Noble Gases