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.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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