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Welcome to the Materials Characterization Facility

The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) at Texas A&M University is a multi-user facility designed to support the research efforts of the TAMU community.  The facility receives funding from the Division of Research, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science. The MCF houses the fabrication and characterization instrumentation essential for the development, understanding, and study of new materials and devices.  We have a large user-base with investigators from most departments in the College of Engineering and the College of Science. We support educational activities involving lab tours and demonstrations, outreach, and broader impact related activities. For complementary expertise and instrumentation, please visit the Microscopy & Imaging Center and the Aggie Fab. For TAMU researchers to become MCF users, please fill out a training request form and contact the scientist in charge of training for the instrument for which you wish to be trained.

The Mission of the MCF is to train students to use state-of-the-art instrumentation in support of their research and educational goals and to provide infrastructure and centralized resources for faculty across campus who wish to apply for funding for new instrumentation that further enhances Materials Science and Engineering at TAMU.

Giesecke Engineering Research Building

The MCF completed its move into the Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building in June 2015. It is located at 1617 Research Parkway in Texas A&M University’s Research Park. Parking is available in the adjacent lot with a campus bus stop near the front of the building. The MCF is located on the 1st floor of the Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building in Research Park.

ERG 1st Floor Map

MCF News

Now Available: Tescan LYRA-3 FIB-SEM with EDS and Tescan FERA-3 FIB-SEM with EBSD and TOF-SIMS are now ready for use! Please review the FIB Training Policy before contacting Dr. Winson Kuo for training.


MCF Open House: October 6, 2016

The MCF is hosting an OPEN HOUSE in conjunction with TESCAN on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9:45AM to 4:00PM. There will be presentations about FIB and TOF-SIMS. There will also be a brief presentation of the MCF’s capabilities, followed by a facility tour each hour. See the flyer below for a detailed schedule. Please RSVP for the presentations as seats are limited.


Equipment Status

Equipment Status
Icon AFM up
MultiMode AFM up
Nanoindenter up
FE-SEM up 
FIB Fera  up
FIB Lyra up
Electron Microprobe up
UV-Vis-NIR up
Spectrofluorometer up
Raman up
XPS up
Ellipsometer up
Confocal Microscope up
Dielectric Spectrometer up
DSC up
TMA up
DMA down
Hot Disk up