Illinois Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 4 & 5, 2019

The workshop provides an overview and critical comparison of major analytical techniques for materials characterization (AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD, DSC, Raman, XPS, etc.) with emphasis on practical applications in Engineering and the Physical and Life Sciences. Presentations and instrument demonstrations span basic to advanced topics suitable for both novice and experienced scientists. Walk-through examples focus on problem-solving strategies, instrument resolution requirements, potential artifacts in data collection, and tips for data interpretation.

Topics include:

  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and nanoindentation
  • Focused ion beam (FIB) for sample preparation and nanofabrication
  • Scanning and electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, STEM) including energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS)
  • Ellipsometry, FTIR, Raman, photoluminescence, confocal microscopy and spectroscopy in general
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)
  • Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD), reflectivity (XRR), fluorescence (XRF) and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), differential thermal analysis (DTA), particle size analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Special session on polymers and soft materials, including microscopy of biological specimens

Program PDF coming soon!


  • MRL staff scientists with years of hands-on experience in materials characterization
  • Industrial scientists introducing new technology and new instrumentation


Special events:

  • Vendor exhibit show with live instrument demos and scientists on-site discussing advanced applications
  • Several networking opportunities including evening reception, breaks and lunches
  • Tours of the MRL laboratories



Only $75 per person including breakfast and lunch for both days, and evening reception on the first day.

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