The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) is administered by the Case School of Engineering (CSE) and is utilized by researchers from all across Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). SCSAM is a multi-user analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. The facilities in SCSAM are available to all users on campus at a Federally approved use charge. The equipment described here is maintained by six full-time engineers.
The SCSAM User Community: During each academic year, more than 250 individual researchers use one or more of SCSAM's instruments. In a typical year, approximately 70% are from Case Western Reserve University. These users include students and faculty from all seven Departments in the Case School of Engineering, students and faculty in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and students and faculty from various departments in the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. MatNet users (the Ohio Materials Network) include students and faculty from the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Oberlin University, Ohio State University, and Ohio University. Other academic users include students and faculty from Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Virginia, and the University of Cambridge (England). SCSAM also hosts researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Furthermore, approximately 33 industrial companies, the majority located in Northern Ohio, utilize SCSAM facilities.