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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

  • Characterizing the spectral, microstructural, and chemical effects of solar wind irradiation on the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite through coordinated analyses D.L. Laczniak, M.S. Thompson, R. Christoffersen, C.A. Dukes, S.J. Clemett, R.V. Morris, and L.P. Keller, Icarus, 114479, ISSN 0019-1035 (2021)
  • Guest-host supramolecular assembly of injectable hydrogel nanofibers for cell encapsulation Miller, B., Hansrisuk, A., Highley, C.B., and Caliari, S.R., ACS Biomaterials (2021)
  • Upcycling of paper waste for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries Y. Zhou, Y. Zhang, and X. Li, Materials Today Energy 19, 100591 (2021)
  • Metal Nitride Electrode Stress and Chemistry Effects on Phase and Polarization Response in Ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Thin Films S.S. Fields, S.W. Smith, C.M. Fancher, M.D. Henry, S.L. Wolfley, M.G. Sales, S.T. Jaszewski, M.A. Rodriguez, G. Esteves, P.S. Davids, S.J. McDonnell, and J.F. Ihlefeld, Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2100018 (2021)

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