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Materials Research Facility

Researchers from across the UNT campus, other universities and industries use the more than two dozen instruments at the university’s Materials Research Facility (MRF) to multi-dimensionally fabricate, characterize and analyze a wide range of materials. Projects span numerous areas of expertise in disciplines such as engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry and biology.

The research collaborations in these laboratories are at the cutting-edge of cross-disciplinary synthesis, characterization and analysis. From the atomic to the macro length scales, the MRF is one of the most advanced university research facilities in the nation for materials analysis. The facility offers a suite of powerful analytical instruments used for true 3D characterization and processing with an adjoining cleanroom so that materials can be synthesized, tested and controlled in close proximity.

Multi-dimensional Characterization Lab

The instruments in this lab are complementary to each other such as the trio comprising the dual-beam focused ion beam microscope (FIB-SEM), the high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscope and the 3D atom probe microscope. The FIB-SEM allows one to carry out high-resolution scanning electron microscopy on various materials and components from industry and site-specific or location-specific sample preparation, and these samples can immediately be analyzed using the TEM and 3D atom probe.

Additionally, the lab has a range of other microscopy, spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction instruments, all located in close proximity in a central location. The facilities in the lab are used by researchers from industries such as aerospace, defense, and oil and natural gas, as well as academic investigators from around the world.

Nanofabrication Cleanroom

The cleanroom features about 3,000 square feet of clean space and includes a class 100 lithography area and a class 10,000 metallization wet and dry processing and characterization area. Its capabilities emphasize nano and micro-device development, biomedical, advanced materials, photomask fabrication, OLED device fabrication and thin film techniques. This open-access facility is used in a wide variety of engineering disciplines, including materials, mechanical, electrical and biomedical, along with chemistry and physics.