Van Vlack Students
The laboratory is first and foremost an undergraduate facility, available for use in undergraduate courses and research projects. These facilities may also be used for outreach to the community, or for graduate courses and research, pending availability.


There are three main areas in the laboratory, each housing different types of equipment. The main room contains several characterization tools, as well as a computer laboratory with the latest materials research related software. The Furnace Room contains equipment for heat treating materials, as fabrication tools as such casting and extrusion tools. The Electronic Magnetic and Optical (EMO) laboratory contains equipment for the characterization and processing of electronic materials.

Primary laboratory equipment (2224 HH Dow)

  • Philips Scanning Electron Microscope (XL30) with SE/BSE/EDAX
  • Anatech Sputter Coater (Hummer VI)
  • MTS Insight 10 Mechanical Tester (1 and 10kN) with TestWorks
  • TA Texture Analyser Mechanical Tester (30kg)
  • 2 Perkin Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeters (DSC 6)
  • Rigaku 600 Miniflex XRD w/ JADE analysis software
  • 4 Nikon Optiphot Microscopes with Nikon digital sight camera (DS-L1 and DS-L2) 
  • Nikon Stereo Microscope with Nikon digital sight camera (DS-L1) & Fiber lite S80 Illuminator
  • Nikon AZ100 Hybrid Microscope with Nikon digital sight camera (DS-L1)
  • Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • Clark Microhardness Tester
  • Jasco FT/IR 4100
  • Cary 50 Bio UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Olympus BH2-UMA Microscope
  • Phenom G2 Pro Scanning Electron Microscope

Computer laboratory

The laboratory also houses over 30 personal computers with the following software:

Computer Students
  • AutoCAD
  • LabView
  • Mathematica
  • Kaleidagraph
  • FEMLab
  • MatLAB
  • ImageJ
  • Materials Studio
  • SolidWorks
  • ChemDraw
  • CrystalMaker

Materials Processing Room (2231 HH Dow)

  • 2 LECO PR-15 Mounting Presses
  • LECO Cutoff Saw
  • KerrLab Auto Electro Melt Caster
  • Vulcan 3-550 Furnace
  • 2 ATM Grinder Polishers 
  • Brabender Plasti-Corder with Extruder and Mixer Attachment
  • 3 Lindberg/BlueM Furnaces (1200)
  • Lindberg/BlueM Furnace (1700,5000W)
  • Lindberg/BlueM Furnace (1700,3500W)
  • VWR Scienfitic Furnace (250C)
  • Carver Hydraulic Unit Model #3912
  • Smithy Drill Press/Lathe
  • Fisher Scientific FS30 Ultrainsonic Cleaner 
  • Do-All Bandsaw