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Materials researchers: Shared instrumentation lab available for use

Materials Characterization Lab at Virginia Tech

From: The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

The Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a shared research facility that provides access to a range of instrumentation for materials characterization free of charge to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff. 

Located in 420 Kelly Hall, the MCL is operated by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The lab is designed to facilitate materials research by giving researchers the opportunity to use specialized instrumentation without individual departments or labs having to shoulder the costs of instrument acquisition and maintenance. 

The MCL includes instrumentation for thermal analysis, elemental measurements, spectroscopy, chromatography, and many other types of analysis, as well as for sample preparation and fabrication. A full list of instruments is available on this page. The MCL's instrumentation and expertise support grant applications by demonstrating the availability of resources to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The facility may also be used for lab courses. 

If you’re interested in accessing the lab, please email laboratory manager Rit Borgohain ( with your name and PID, the name of your research advisor or PI if applicable, a brief description of your research, the instrument(s) you’d like to use, and any relevant training or experience. You will be required to set up a training time with lab staff prior to using the lab; reservations are required to book instrument time. 

For a complete list of the lab’s policies, please see this page

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