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Materials Characterization REPACK



Characterization, when used in materials science, refers to the broad and general process by which a material's structure and properties are probed and measured. It is a fundamental process in the field of materials science, without which no scientific understanding of engineering materials could be ascertained.[1][2] The scope of the term often differs; some definitions limit the term's use to techniques which study the microscopic structure and properties of materials,[2] while others use the term to refer to any materials analysis process including macroscopic techniques such as mechanical testing, thermal analysis and density calculation.[3] The scale of the structures observed in materials characterization ranges from angstroms, such as in the imaging of individual atoms and chemical bonds, up to centimeters, such as in the imaging of coarse grain structures in metals.




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While many characterization techniques have been practiced for centuries, such as basic optical microscopy, new techniques and methodologies are constantly emerging. In particular the advent of the electron microscope and secondary ion mass spectrometry in the 20th century has revolutionized the field, allowing the imaging and analysis of structures and compositions on much smaller scales than was previously possible, leading to a huge increase in the level of understanding as to why different materials show different properties and behaviors.[4] More recently, atomic force microscopy has further increased the maximum possible resolution for analysis of certain samples in the last 30 years.[5]


Microscopy is a category of characterization techniques which probe and map the surface and sub-surface structure of a material. These techniques can use photons, electrons, ions or physical cantilever probes to gather data about a sample's structure on a range of length scales. Some common examples of microscopy techniques include:


Spectroscopy is a category of characterization techniques which use a range of principles to reveal the chemical composition, composition variation, crystal structure and photoelectric properties of materials. Some common examples of spectroscopy techniques include:


Materials Characterization features original articles and state-of-the-art reviews on theoretical and practical aspects of the structure and behaviour of materials.


The Journal focuses on all characterization techniques, including all forms of microscopy (light, electron, acoustic, etc.,) and analysis (especially microanalysis and surface analytical techniques). Developments in both this wide range of techniques and their application to the quantification of the microstructure of materials are essential facets of the Journal.


  • The Journal provides the Materials Scientist/Engineer with up-to-date information on many types of materials with an underlying theme of explaining the behavior of materials using novel approaches. Materials covered by the journal include: Metals & Alloys

  • Ceramics

  • Nanomaterials

  • Biomedical materials

  • Optical materials

  • Composites

  • Natural Materials



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.


The Materials Characterization Core (MCC) at Drexel University is a multi-user facility that provides technical expertise and instrumentation for research in variety of areas including nanoscience and engineering, polymer research, biomedical engineering, and chemistry and physics of solid materials. The MCC occupies a 3,500 square foot laboratory in the Bossone Research Enterprise Building on Drexel's main campus that houses several electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer and a suite of sample preparation tools. The instruments are supported by three full-time Ph.D.-level staff members who provide expert consultation, training and assistance to MCC users. In addition to serving the research missions of our users, the MCC is used for teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, and Biology. MCC instrumentation and staff assistance is available to all Drexel University students, faculty and staff as well as external academic and commercial interests. Trained and certified users are welcome to work independently on our instruments 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.


The Journal focuses on all characterization techniques, including all forms of microscopy (light, electron, acoustic, etc.,) and analysis (especially microanalysis and surface analytical techniques). Developments in both this wide range of techniques and their application to the quantification of the microstructure of materials are essential facets of the Journal.


The Journal provides the Materials Scientist/Engineer with up-to-date information on many types of materials with an underlying theme of explaining the behavior of materials using novel approaches. Materials covered by the journal include:


Materials Today is a community dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience. Supported by Elsevier, we publish high impact peer-reviewed journals, organize academic conferences, broadcast educational webinars and so much more.


The GCI undertakes in-depth scientific studies of broad classes of materials used in cultural heritage to better understand their composition and physical properties and the ways these change over time. Such studies are needed to enable the development of appropriate analytical protocols or the modification of existing procedures, so that a full identification can be made of those materials when analyzed from actual objects or works of art.


In many cases, this research then develops into examining the chemical and physical properties of these art or conservation materials, so that a greater understanding of how they behave and perform can be made. As part of this endeavor, reference materials are also collected, characterized with a range of analytical techniques, and added to the GCI Reference Collection.


Our work in this area tends to focus on classes of materials lacking significant study by the field. Recent areas of research have included plastics, oil paints, waxes, and lacquers. Methodologies developed by the GCI, including analytical methodologies for traditional and modern paints, plastics, and traditional (chemical) photographic processes, are being used around the world for technical studies.


A member of the Core Research Facilities, the Materials Characterization Lab offers a wide range of instruments, services and technical expertise for the characterization of materials including nano-engineered materials, microelectronics, photonics, biomaterials, and others with applications in life sciences, drug discovery, environmental and energy research. Consultative services are also available.


The Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory lets you conduct cost-effective analysis and characterization of a wide range of materials. With four research bays and nearly 1,700 square feet of space, this lab provides the resources needed to analyze liquid, powder, surface and bulk materials.


Different analytical approaches require different materials characterization services. EAG Laboratories uses over 30 different materials characterization methods to provide answers to our customers.


While most other materials characterization analytical techniques provide elemental or molecular information from a sample, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) is unique in providing a wide variety of information on structure, crystalline phase (polymorphs), preferred crystal orientation (texture), and other structural parameters such as crystallite size, percent crystallinity, strain, stress, and crystal defects.


The Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) housed in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Chemistry maintains a large array of instrumentation for the production and analysis of complex materials, including nanoparticles, thin films, polymers, ceramics, and molecular electronics. In addition, the MCL oversees the operations of the Department's Biological Instrumentation Cluster which provides access to specialized equipment used in molecular biology and biological chemistry.


Novel materials are investigated at increasingly smaller scales for maximum control of their physical and chemical properties. Electron microscopy provides researchers with key insight into a wide variety of material characteristics at the micro- to nano-scale.


DualBeam microscopes enable the preparation of high-quality, ultra-thin samples for (S)TEM analysis. Thanks to advanced automation, users with any experience level can obtain expert-level results for a wide range of materials.


Development of materials often requires multi-scale 3D characterization. DualBeam instruments enable serial sectioning of large volumes and subsequent SEM imaging at nanometer scale, which can be processed into high-quality 3D reconstructions of the sample.


Modern materials research is increasingly reliant on nanoscale analysis in three dimensions. 3D characterization, including compositional data for full chemical and structural context, is possible with 3D EM and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. 041b061a72


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