Other IAMM Facilities
IAMM houses multiple core facilities that provide a variety of services to universities/colleges, national labs, and commercial entities.
Electron Microscopy Center
The IAMM Electron Microscopy Center provides electron and ion microscopy for all researchers and includes TEM, SEM/FIB, and modern sample preparation for soft and solid materials. The facility is available on a self-use base and for service requests.
Electromagnetic Properties Lab (EMP)
With the continuing advancement of research capabilities in the materials sciences the ability to decode complex properties of materials is critical to the success of the researcher. To accommodate these needs, the IAMM EMP lab provides access to both Physical Property Measurement Systems (PPMS) and SQUID Vibrating Sample Magnometer (SVSM) apparatus. By providing researchers with the ability to set a broad range of temperature and magnetic field conditions, IAMM EMP enables fundamental research in the materials sciences that are crucial for today's cutting-edge research in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Advanced Photoelectronic Spectrometer (APS)
The IAMM Advanced Photoelectronic Spectrometer (APS) facility provides researchers the possibility of performing laboratory-based photoemission experiments for analysis of the chemical and electronic properties of various forms of condensed matter that are at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. These include, but are not limited to, superconductors, polymers, spintronic and catalytic materials, and condensed matter in disparate forms such as biological cells, bacteria and minerals. The unique feature of the system is the capability of combining both spin and angular resolution with sub-millimeter spatial resolution.
Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
The IAMM MBE facility provides services related to materials synthesis with the use of molecular beam epitaxy equipment. The MBE system includes low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy capabilities and is used to grow transition-metal-oxide thin films. These films are highly crystalline and have applications in the development of solar-energy materials, photo-catalytic materials, and superconducting materials. They are also important for fundamental studies of emergent phenomena in condensed matter systems. The system is equipped with a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope for in-situ atomic-resolution imaging of the oxide thin films.
Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF)
The Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF) provides researchers the ability to conduct micro-processing fabrication processes. Services include optical lithography, thin film deposition, capacitively coupled reactive ion etching, and silicon-based plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition processes. This equipment is housed in a class 100 clean room with all necessary facilities and supporting process equipment. In combination with other IAMM facilities, the MPRF provides researchers with the means to conduct cutting-edge investigations in materials science and engineering.
Polymer Characterization Lab (PCL)
Established with partial support from TAML (Tennessee Advanced Materials Laboratory), the Polymer Characterization Laboratory (PCL) is housed at IAMM. One of the premier academic laboratories in the world for characterizing polymers in terms of molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, conformation, size, and thermal properties. Techniques include (but are not limited to) small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), thermogravimetric analysis coupled with a mass spectrometry (TGA/MS), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), etc.