World-class experimental and advanced computational facilities are available at Carnegie Mellon for Materials Research. Whether for structural characterization, materials processing, or property / performance determination, materials research is an equipment intensive enterprise. The MSE department maintains a range of central facilities available to all, especially focused on structural characterization and computations, and individual faculty maintain a broader range of equipment focused on materials processing and property/performance determination.
Materials Characterization Facility
A major departmental, multi-user, open-access research laboratory is the Materials Characterization Facility. This facility is open to all research groups within the university for chemical and microstructural characterization using electron, x-ray, ion beam 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. 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.