SCSAM continues to serve our customers while taking the utmost precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone. As we monitor the local, regional and national directives, we continue to adjust and adapt our business operations accordingly and will communicate any changes.



SCSAM Graduate Student User Fellowship Program

We are excited to announce the 2021, inaugural, SCSAM Graduate student user fellowship program. The objective of this program is to provide a professional and technical development opportunity for CWRU graduate students working on understanding the science and engineering of materials. In this program, students can propose new (to them) proof-of-concept experiments to advance their program of study. The applications are fashioned similar to the general user proposals of the DOE user facilities, and include four parts:


  • Abstract 

  • General demographic info

  • Scientific goal 

  • Proposed instrument needs

Applications can be submitted by 11/15/2021 using the following LINK

Draft responses are saved prior to submission for 30 days.

Update 09/16/2021:

SCSAM engineers are training CWRU users on the Helios, Apreo, TOF-SIMS, XPS, Keyence, AFM, and Sputter Coater.

All users (independent of past training) will need to be re-trained by the SCSAM staff. New staff means new training for everyone!

Requests for training and instrumentation services can be communicated via email or by calling 216.368.6012

Please note that as of October 12, 2020, SCSAM has transitioned to using iLAB to schedule instrumentation requests within the center.  Please click on ‘Scheduling’ under the 'User Information' tab at the left for more information.


Overview of Facilities and Services

SCSAM (Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials) is CWRU’s (Case Western Reserve University’s) facility for microcharacterization of materials. SCSAM is a multi-user facility offering a suite of instrumentation for materials characterization and surface and near-surface chemical analysis. SCSAM’s facilities are available to all faculty, research staff, and student users on the CWRU campus and to equivalent academic users throughout Ohio at standard hourly use charges. The equipment described here is maintained by SCSAM’s Faculty Director and 2.25 full-time PhD-level engineers. The staff and service contracts for the instruments are supported by user fees, augmented by income from a dedicated endowment. The following subsections describe SCSAM’s instrumentation:
Each year more than 250 individual researchers from the academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors recognize the advantages and benefits SCSAM delivers. From students, startup enterprises, and prominent industrial businesses, SCSAM is mindful of our client's requirements and partners with them to efficiently extract valuable and informative data.