The Materials Preparation and Measurement Laboratory (MPML) provides facilities for preparation, fabrication, processing, patterning and characterization of many types of samples. Instrumentation encompasses scanning probe microscopes (AFM and STM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), optical lithography and imaging, sample cutting-polishing, surface coating, thermal characterization, optical characterization via steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence, absorbance, reflectance, Raman, and light scattering.
Training and Access
A key aspect of the lab is extensive one-on-one training with experienced PhD-level staff. After extensive training that covers operational procedures and safety training, it is possible for all users, from undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs, to REU summer students and external users of all levels, to operate instruments by themselves. Qualified users are given 24/7 access to the instruments. MPML staff may also provide direct service on an as-needed basis.
Recharge recovery is necessary to partially cover service contracts and equipment repairs. Most instruments are recharged based upon hours of use. Evaporators, RIE and Spin Coaters are recharged per use. We have simple flat rates for both internal and external users. However, precious metals (Gold, Platinum, Palladium and etc.) and most consumable supplies should be provided by research groups.
Recharges based on hours of use
Internal Users: $70.00/hr (training and use with assistance); $30/hr (use without assistance)
External Users: $111.30/hr (training and use with assistance); $47.70/hr (use without assistance)
Recharges for Evaporators, RIE and Spin Coater
Internal Users: $70.00 for training; $70/use (with assistance); $30.00/use (without assistance)
External Users: $111.30 for training; $111.30/use (with assistance); $47.70/use (without assistance)