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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

  • Surfactant Removal for Colloidal Nanocrystal Catalysts Mediated by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes P. Godbold, G. Johnson, A.D. Obi, R. Brown, S. Hwang, R.J. Gilliard, and S. Zhang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 143, 7, 2644–2648 (2021)
  • Reductive C–C Coupling from Molecular Au(I) Hydrocarbyl Complexes: A Mechanistic Study J. Miranda-Pizarro, Z. Luo, J.J. Moreno, D.A. Dickie, J. Campos, and B.T. Gunnoe, J. Am. Chem. Soc., doi: 10.1021/jacs.0c11296 (2021)
  • Modified Crushed Oyster Shells for Fluoride Removal from Water Woohang Kim, Rekha Singh and James A Smith, Scientific Reports Nature, 10, 5759 (2020)

More About Us

NMCF Instrumentation Tour

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

  • > 150

    NMCF Trained Users

  • $ 8 M

    New Equipment Funding

  • 175 +

    Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 17

    Major Instruments