The Materials Characterization Laboratory at Cal State LA houses a variety of advanced instruments for research and education on materials science and engineering.  The laboratory facilities is open for use to students, faculty, and external academic and industry users.

The equipment available at the Materials Characterization Laboratory include the following:

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  • FEI Axia ChemiSEM LoVAC Scanning Electron Microscope

  • FEI Quanta 200 Scanning Electron Microscope


X-ray diffractometry (XRD)

  • Bruker D2 Phaser (Gen2) Benchtop X-ray Diffractometer

  • Leybold Didactic X-ray apparatus


Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

  • Bruker dimension Icon with Scanasyst


Optical Microscopy

  • Keyence VHX-7000 4K High Accuracy Digital Microscope

  • AmScope Inverted Metallurgical Microscope (Qty: 2)

  • Olympus BX51 Fluorescence Microscope

  • Nikon Eclipse ME600 Microscope

  • Nikon Epiphot 300 Inverted Metallurgical Microscope


Transmission electron Microscopy

  • Delong Instruments LVEM5