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.


Update 1/13/2022:

Call for Spring 2022 SCSAM Graduate Student Fellowship Program Proposals

We are excited to announce the Spring 2022 SCSAM Graduate Student 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, broadly defined. 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 4/30/2022 using the following LINK

Draft responses are saved prior to submission for 30 days.

If awarded, Fellows are entitled to the proposed time on the instruments to conduct their experiment.



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



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’s facilities are available to all faculty, researchers, and students on the CWRU campus along with external users from academic, non-profit, governmental, and industrial organizations at standard hourly use charges. Each year, approximately 150 individual researchers from the academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors utilize the SCSAM facilities and work collaboratively with the experienced SCSAM research engineers to extract valuable, high-quality data. The equipment described here is maintained by SCSAM’s Executive Director and (currently) 2.4 full-time engineers that hold PhD degrees and/or have many years of experience. The staff and service contracts for the instruments are supported by user fees, income from a dedicated endowment, and supplemented by the Case School of Engineering. The following subsections describe SCSAM’s instrumentation: