The Materials Analysis and Research Laboratory of the Iowa State University Office of Biotechnology is open to faculty and students from the university, other educational institutions, and industry scientists. The laboratory houses equipment for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), thermal analysis (SDT, TGA) and light microscopy.

The Materials Analysis and Research Laboratory is located in rooms 23 through 68 in the basement level of Town Engineering Building at the northwest corner of the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. The laboratory is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.