MARL remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic but is taking precautions.

  • Users are encouraged to drop off their samples rather than stay for the analyses. A drop box (file cabinet) has been setup outside the east doors into Town Engineering.
  • Do not come to the lab if your temperature is elevated or if someone in your household is ill.
  • Those that want to enter the lab will be asked to wear a face covering and gloves.
  • Social distance shall be maintained.

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), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), 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.