NMCF provides analytical services for clients in government, industry, and academia

UVa's Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) is pleased to partner with leading industries in Virginia, providing metallurgical preparation and processing, as well as analytical services in electron microscopy, imaging, X-ray diffraction and analysis, quantitative surface composition, focused ion-beam etching, and surface chemistry.

Our Mission

State of the art facilities and instrumentation can help resolve questions in materials science, solar energy, automotive engineering, nuclear engineering, chemistry, medicine, conservation, geology and physics - among many others.

High standards and fast throughput, coupled to decades of experience, help NMCF provide analytical solutions to modern materials problems. We provide services in:

  • materials characterization
  • process improvement
  • surface analysis
  • quality control
  • failure analysis
  • legal forensics
  • stress and fracture


NMCF consulting rates are determined on a project by project basis, depending on the instrumentation required and laboratory specialist time. Rates for external users can be found on each instrument page.


Users outside UVA may pay instrument and operator fees via Check or Credit Card after analysis and consultation is complete.

Invoices may be paid online with a Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express).  Checks should be made payable to "The University of Virginia" and mailed to:

Materials Science and Engineering Department
P.O. BOX 400745
395 McCormick Road,
Charlottesville, VA 22904