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Understanding and advancing our knowledge of materials and phenomena are critical for technological advancements in all areas of engineering, medicine and science. I encourage you to explore the entire webpage to see all the offerings and opportunities provided in our world-class facility. CEMAS can help you observe features ranging from millimeters all the way down to oxygen atoms in certain materials. Not only can we “see’ at this scale, but we can also perform spectroscopy for chemical identification. It gets me excited just thinking about it!      

At CEMAS, we consider ourselves a “collaboratory”, in part, due to the interactive nature with which our research staff performs materials characterization. We will work directly with our external counterparts to identify critical problems and develop a characterization workflow to explore possible solutions; we find this provides the most synergistic result and allows for CEMAS to provide the data your company needs to move projects forward. 

Most of our staff members are Ph.D’s and conduct their own independent research, this allows CEMAS to provide world-class researchers, combined with more than $40mil in state-of-the-art equipment, housed in a facility that permits every instrument to perform better than manufacturer specifications. CEMAS is a one-of-a-kind resource for industry to leverage, at a fraction of the cost.   

While our preference is to work directly with our industrial collaborators, this does not mean you have to travel to CEMAS, we are capable of conducting the microscopy in a remote fashion, allowing over the shoulder viewing and video conferencing. Often, our industrial collaborators have confidentiality requirements, we are happy to train external user to use the equipment if they have prior experience. We also have policies and data servers in place to ensure confidentiality as we conduct research with some of the largest companies in the world. If you think/know electron microscopy or materials characterization could help your research, please contact our assistant director for research and development, Robert E.A. Williams, to answer any questions and begin discussing possible workflows and novel solutions.

"The wide array of materials characterization at the CEMAS facility has provided pH Matter with the ability to rapidly develop its commercial line of activated carbon additives for the Fuel Cell and Lithium Ion Battery markets. It's the close collaboration with CEMAS scientists that allows us to bring the state-of-the-art in materials development to our clients." -Michael Beachy, Senior Engineer, pH Matter


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Robert Williams
Assistant Director, Research & Development