The Materials Lab is equipped to enable advanced materials research, modeling and testing of new materials and structures made from them. Of particular interest are nano-structured and lightweight aerospace materials and devices.


  • Bruker TI980 Nano-characterization system (SPM and optical microscopes, indentation, scratch, wear and nanoDMA modules. Hot stage nanoindentation up to 800 C.)
  • Bruker X-ray micro-CT scanner
  • FEI quanta scanning electron microscope (SEM): This unit offers surface analysis (microstructure, failure, quality control, measurements), as well as element analysis with the EDS and EDX attachment.
  • Chemical vapor deposition CVD systems
  • Magnetron sputtering system (PVD)
  • TPS - Transient Plane Source from HotDisk, inc. (thermal conductivity, diffusivity, specific heat capacity, etc.)
  • Dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA)
  • Ex-One powder jetting metal 3-D printer
  • Markeforged Mark Two composite printer
  • Sample prep tools and equipment (cutting saws, polishing and grinding)
  • Micro hardness tester
  • High temperature heat treatment vacuum furnace (up to 1,400 Celsius)
  • Drying vacuum furnace (up to 350 Celsius)
  • Phillips inverted optical metallurgical microscope

Lab Information

Location: MP 111

Lab Directors: Sirish Namilae

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email