About the Facility

The Materials Analysis and Research Laboratory, which is supported by the Iowa State University Office of Biotechnology, has been in the same physical location for about 35 years, emphasizing materials characterization utilizing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), and thermal analysis (SDT, TGA).

Major Equipment:

  • FEI Quanta 250 FEG Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • TA Instruments Discovery Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
  • TA Instruments 2960 Simultaneous DTA/TGA (SDT)
  • Oxford Aztec Energy-Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS)
  • Siemens D500 X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)
  • PANalytical PW2404 X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer
  • Kratos Amicus X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)

Support Equipment

  • PANalytical Eagon 2 automated fusion system
  • Quartz PCI software and Pixera Pro CCD camera for image acquisition, processing and analysis
  • Olympus BH microscope for reflected light microscopy
  • Olympus BH-2 microscope for transmitted light microscopy
  • Olympus SZH for stereo 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.