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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

  • Unveiling the microstructural evolution of carbon fibers derived from polyamide-6 Love-Baker, C.A., Harrell, T.M., Scherschel, A., Gao, Z., Song, N., Brown, K.R., Vautard, F., Ivanov, I., Klett, J., & X. Li, J Polym Res 30, 72 (2023)
  • Mechanistic Insights on the Low-Temperature Oxidation of CO Catalyzed by Isolated Co Ions in N-Doped Carbon Colby A. Whitcomb, Anna Sviripa, Michael I. Schapowal, Konstantin Mamedov, Raymond R. Unocic, Christopher Paolucci, and Robert J. Davis, ACS Catal. 2022, 12, XXX, 15529–15540
  • Pitting Corrosion Susceptibility of Microstructural Features in a Compositionally Complex Ferritic Steel as a Function of Titanium Concentration Mark Wischhusen, Carol Glover, Peter K. Liaw, John R. Scully, Sean Agnew; CORROSION, 78 (3): 280–292 (2022)

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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