Materials Characterization Facility-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Materials Characterization Facility

The Materials Characterization Facility is open to all research groups within the university for structural and microstructural characterization using electron, x-ray, and scanning probe methods. The facility staff provide assistance and training in all of these techniques to enable research groups to achieve their research objectives. Extensive specimen preparation facilities are also housed within the MCF Characterization Suite. Additionally, the suite houses a significant fraction of the departmental computational facilities. Finally, at the core of the suite is the department’s digital classroom; not only can students control most instruments in the suite from the classroom computers, but distance learning enables MSE students to participate in courses jointly taught with other universities.

Any published research using MCF instrumentation should include the following acknowledgement statement: “The authors acknowledge use of the Materials Characterization Facility at Carnegie Mellon University supported by grant MCF-677785.”

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