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Surface Analysis Center

Facility Location

B0127, Chemistry Building 091

Brief Mission

The surface analysis center houses state-of-the-art instrumentation and provides services for surface analysis including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), confocal Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM).  The facility is staffed by experts and is managed on a fee-per-service basis.  The facility is open to academic, government and, industrial users.

Hours of Operation

Normal hours of operation are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.  Trained users with University ID's are able to activate their ID's to gain access to their run samples on the AFM and Raman instruments after hours and weekends.

Services and Technologies Offered

Generally users are trained on the Raman and AFM, after training the user is able to reserve the instrument through an online booking system, and use the instruments unsupervised.  XPS samples are generally run by the center staff, users would normally drop off samples and pick up analyzed data.

Equipment Available


Kratos Axis 165 Photoelectron Spectrometer, with Al monochromatic x-rays as well as a dual Al/Mg source, Argon iron sputtering, heating and cooling stage, charge neutralization and mapping capabilities.

Confocal Raman

Horiba Jobin Yvon - Labram Aramis, equipped with swift and duoscan mapping options as well as stage mapping allowing rapid collection of mapping with the highest possible resolution.


Digital instruments, Multimode, Nanoscope III, with phase imaging capabilities and fluid cells for liquid AFM.


Surface Analysis Center website (Pricing accessible from each equipment page)


Karen Gaskell
Chemistry Building, B0127
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 301-405-4999

Facility URL

Surface Analysis Center website

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