Major Research Facilities


Lab Location:

  • Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building: houses our nanoscale material synthesis and characterization facilities
  • Mechanical Engineering Building (127 A): houses high power laser systems and SHPB system for dynamic and ultra-high strain rate material research

Lab Safety and Training:

Magnetron Sputtering System


Materials Synthesis

  • Magnetron Sputtering Thin Film Deposition System
  • Autoclave
  • Oven
  • Hot stage
  • Electrodepostion

Class II Biological Safety Hood

Sample Preparation

  • Buehler automated mechanical polisher
  • Low-speed diamond SAW
  • Low-speed milling machine
  • Ultrasonic cleaner and sample dryer
  • 2-speed chemical hood and grade ?? bio-hood



Materials Characterization

  • Hysitron Ubi nanomechanical test instrument (nanoindenter)
  • Livco material tester (for soft materials)
  • Nikon MEL600 Optical Microscope with spot-cooled CCD camera
  • LeCroy Wavemaster 8500 5GHz Oscilloscope
  • TecTronix oscilloscopes (100-250 MHz)
  • HP Spectrum Analyzer
  • Innova 90-5W argon-ion laser
  • New Wave Tempest 300 high power ns Nd:YAG laser
  • Leopard ss-2 picosecond Nd:YAG laser
  • Newport optical table with neumatic isolation legs
  • SHPB system for dynamic material testing

Nikon Microscope


  • Atomic scale thin film deposition
  • Chemical synthesis of nanoporous materials and coatings
  • Sample preparation: cutting, polishing, milling
  • Nano and microscale mechanical characterization: Young's modulus, hardness, fracture toughness of thin films, nanostructures and bulk materials
  • Quasi-tatic and fatige testing of thin films, soft materials
  • Mode-dependent thin Film adhesion measurement using laser-induced stress waves
  • Optics and ultrasonics based chemical and biological sensing, cell adhesion
  • Quasistatic, dynamic and ultra-high strain rate material testing: thin film and bulk materials


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