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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

  • Wake-up and fatigue mechanisms in ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films with symmetric RuO2 electrodes S. S. Fields, S. W. Smith, S. T. Jaszewski, T. Mimura, D. A. Dickie, G. Esteves, M. D. Henry, S. L. Wolfley, P. S. Davids, and J. F. Ihlefeld, J. Physics 130, 134101 (2021)
  • Aligned and electrically conductive 3D collagen scaffolds for skeletal muscle tissue engineering Basurto IM, Mora MT, Gardner GM, Christ GJ, and Caliari SR., Biomater Sci. 9 (11), 4040-4053 (2021)
  • Characterizing Environment-dependent Fracture Mechanisms of Ceramic Matrix Composites via Digital Image Correlation C.H. Bumgardner, F.M. Heim, D.C. Roache, M.C. Price, C.P. Deck, and X. Li, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Accepted. (2021)

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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