The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials is one of Case Western Reserve University’s largest core facilities, providing a variety of instrumentation for the microstructural and compositional characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. The Center’s equipment is complemented by a staff of professionals who are available to assist and train academic, research, and commercial users.
Fully trained users are permitted independent access to the lab, while users with particularly difficult samples or those who are unsure how to obtain the best possible data can utilize the services of a staff expert. Some of the routine services offered include guidance with sample preparation, technical assistance to obtain data, and data analysis. Each year more than 250 individual researchers from the academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors utilize the Center. From providing access to equipment that would otherwise not be available to startup companies to training industrial users how to efficiently extract useful information, the Center for Surface Analysis of Materials supports regional economic growth.