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State-of-the-Art Materials Characterization

The Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) staff provide analytical services and solutions to academia and industry by characterizing materials of all types. Analysis of structure, composition, and defects utilizing X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface analysis and chemistry (XPS), metallography, optical imaging and Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are typically combined with elemental analysis.

The NMCF is a state-of-the-art user facility located within UVA's Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department. Instrumentation for materials characterization is available for use by qualified faculty and students at UVA, as well as by researchers from other institutions.


Our Faculty

Selected Publications

  • Volcanogenic fluxes of iron from the seafloor in the Amundsen Sea, West Antarctica Lisa C. Herbert, Allison P. Lepp, Santiago Munevar Garcia, Arianne Browning, Lauren E. Miller, Julia Wellner, Silke Severmann, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, Joanne S. Johnson, & Robert M. Sherrell, Marine Chemistry 253, 104250 (2023)
  • Evaluating the effects of space weathering on magnetite on airless planetary bodies L.C. Chaves, M.S. Thompson, M.J. Loeffler, C.A. Dukes, P.S. Szabo, B.H.N. Horgan, Icarus, 402,115634 (2023)
  • Cascade Reaction of Ethanol to Butadiene over Ag-Promoted, Silica- or Zeolite-Supported Ta, Y, Pr, or La Oxide Catalysts Konstantin Mamedov & Robert J. Davis, ACS Catalysis 13, 5, 3333–3344 (2023)

More About Us

NMCF Instrumentation Tour

Process solutions, defect analysis, and materials characterization for academia and industry.....

  • > 130

    Monthly NMCF Users

  • $ 8 M

    New Equipment Funding

  • 200 +

    Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 18

    External Client Projects/year