Picture of the entrance wall to the Swagelock Center

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 also to external academic, non-profit, and industrial users throughout Ohio at standard hourly use charges. The equipment described here is maintained by SCSAM’s Executive Director and 2.5 full-time engineers with PhD degrees and/or extensive experience. 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:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopes

    • ThermoFisher Apreo 2S (NSF MRI Award: 2018167, Installed May 2021)

  • Dual-Beam Focused Ion Beam, Scanning Electron Microscopes

    •  FEI Helios NanoLab 650 Dual-Beam System (Acquired 2010)

  •  Transmission Electron Microscope

  • Analytical Capabilities

  • X-ray Diffraction

    • Two Bruker D8 X-ray Diffractometers with 1D and 2D Detectors

  • Surface Analysis

    • Agilent G2000 Nanoindentor

    • Keyence VXS 5000 3D Optical Microscope  (Acquired 2016)

    • Veeco Dimension 3100 Atomic Force Microscope 

  • Sample Preparation

    • Gatan Illion Ion Polisher

    • Denton Desk IV Sputter Coater 

    • Struers Tegramin-25 Polishing System (Acquired 2016)


Each year more than 150 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.