TMI Materials Characterization Center

A vital part of the TMI mission is to provide faculty and students at UT Austin with the instrumentation and associated infrastructure needed for state-of-the-art materials research. To this end, TMI manages a variety of core central facilities, all of which are supported by Ph.D.-level facility managers. These facilities are also available to users from outside The University. Capabilities and pricing for individual instruments can be found below.

  • Major capabilities: Electron Microscopy, Surface Analysis, Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and Scattering, and handling of air sensitive samples for many instruments.
  • Instrumentation has high reliability and accuracy
  • Ph.D. level facility managers are specialists in their fields and are available for consultations about sample preparation, techniques, and capabilities.
  • Instrument rates are competitive. See individual instrument pages for rates

Major Facilities

Spectroscopy Location: FNT 2.136 Contact: Hugo Celio
Infrared Spectrometer – Infinity Gold FTIR
Kratos XPS – Axis Ultra DLD
Electron Microscopy Location: FNT B132A Contact: K. Jarvis
JEOL 2010F Transmission Electron Microscope
FEI Quanta 650 ESEM
Hitachi S5500 SEM/STEM
Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy Location: FNT 2.136 Contact: Andrei Dolocan
Time of Flight SIMS – IONTOF TOF.SIMS 5
Polymer Characterization Location: FNT 3.110 Contact: Hugo Celio
Dynamic Light Scattering Zetasizer Nano ZS
Mettler Thermogravimetric Analyzer, Model TGA/DSC 1
Surface Imaging, Spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy Location: ETC 1.224A Contact: Richard Piner
Park Scientific AFM
SEM Quanta FEG 600
Witec Micro-Raman Spectrometer Alpha 300
Wyko NT 9100 Optical Profilometer
X-ray Diffraction, SAXS Location: ETC 9.142 Contact: Steve Swinnea
Philips Vertical Scanning Diffractometer
Philips XPERT Theta-Theta Diffractometer
Rigaku MiniFlex 600 I
Rigaku MiniFlex 600 II
Rigaku Ultima IV
Scintag X1 Theta-Theta Diffractometer
Molecular Metrology Small Angle X-Ray Scattering
Laue/Precession Photography