The Materials Characterization Facility At The Texas Center For Superconductivity

TcSUH Materials Characterization Facility

The Materials Characterization Laboratory at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TCSUH) provides a wide array of materials characterization techniques, including electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, supported by necessary sample preparation techniques. In addition, training is offered in sample preparation as well as in characterization techniques. Workshops can also be arranged to illustrate use and utility of the equipment.

Our Characterization Equipment

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Imaging at the Nanoscale
  • Compositional Imaging
  • Quantitative Analysis of Inorganic Materials
  • Crystal Orientation Mapping
DOIL
  • More information will be available soon.
Electron Microprobe Analysis
  • Precise Quantitative Analysis of Inorganic Materials
  • X-Ray Mapping
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Electron Diffraction Patterns
  • Imaging Below the Nanoscale
  • Observation of Magnetic Domains
XRD 5000
  • Phase Identification
  • Crystal Orientation
XRD Rigaku
  • Phase Identification
  • Crystal Orientation

Becoming a User

Training on the equipment one-on-one is provided by Facility personnel. Contact Professor James K. Meen, jmeen@uh.edu, to be connected with the appropriate lab personnel. CHEM6332 is a graduate-level course offered each Spring Semester that trains students in the theory of and use of Instrumental Methods of Materials Analysis. Training proceeds at different rates according to the complexity of the equipment. Once the lab manager has decided that you are qualified user, access to each lab is 24/7.

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TcSUHCORE Facilities Fee Schedule

Fees below are listed in US Dollars.

TEM SEM EMPA XRD 5000 XRD Rigaku DOIL Carbon Coating
UH-Users
UH-Users |    DIY Rate $48/ per hour $30 /per hr. $30 /per hr. $17 /per hr. $171 /per hr. $6 /per hr.
 
UH Users | Service Rate $103 /per hr. $85 /per hr. $85 /per hr. $72 /per hr. $721 /per hr. $36 /per hr. $10 /per use
 
NoN-UH Users | DIY Rate $73 /per hr. $46 /per hr. $46 /per hr. $26 /per hr. $261 /per hr. $9 /per hr.
  Non-UH ServiceRate
Non-UH Users | Service Rate $157 /per hr. $130 /per hr. $130 /per hr. $110 /per hr. $1101 /per hr. $55 /per hr. $15 /per use
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Dilatometry (DIL) Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer (STA) Surface Area Analysis Sputter Coater
UH-Users
UH-Users |         DIY Rate
 
UH Users | Service Rate $35 /per sample $25 /per sample $35 /per sample $60 /per sample $40 /per sample $10 /per use
 
NoN-UH Users | DIY Rate
  Non-UH ServiceRate
Non-UH Users | Service Rate $53 /per sample $38 /per sample $53 /per sample $92 /per sample $61 /per sample $15 /per use