SHARED MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY (SMCL)


The Shared Materials Characterization Laboratory provides microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction instruments for materials researchers in chemistry, physics, and engineering. The facility specializes in the characterization of surfaces, films, magnetic materials, layered materials and other nanostructures, and crystalline/polycrystalline materials. Notably, users can fabricate and characterize air-sensitive materials in a nitrogen-filled glovebox containing an AFM, micro-Raman spectrometer, and optical autofinder. 

The SMCL is located in Havemeyer 544, 542, and 224. To gain access, users should follow the SMCL Access Checklist.

Training and certification for individual instruments are controlled by graduate student and postdoc superusers. The superusers have extensive experience with basic operation and knowledge of specialized experiments that are available. Please check out our training and certification protocol.

For access to the instruments or further information about the available experiments, contact:

Dr. Daniel Paley
Director of the Shared Materials Characterization Lab
Email: dwp2111@columbia.edu
Phone: (434) 953-9497
Office: 544 Havemeyer