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Materials Science and Engineering


Materials Characterization and Processing Center

A core component of our mission is to provide public service testing on a fee basis for Industry. Our center is committed to thoughtful problem-solving and analysis, a direct result of our in-depth technical experience and extensive knowledge gained, in part, via collaborations with faculty and industry partners. We are especially skilled at establishing non-routine, unique protocols to assist with a variety of needs, including troubleshooting, defect analysis, proof of concept, and pilot-scale testing and analysis.

Core Capabilities

  • Chemical Analyses
    • Determine chemical ‘makeup’ of materials
    • Deconstruction of blends of materials by physical and chemical separation techniques
    • FTIR spectroscopy
    • Gas chromatography (GC) and GEL Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
    • Accelerated Solvent Extractions (ASE)
    • Optical microscopes (including hot stage microscope)
    • Standard color viewing arrangements (lightboxes)
    • Reflective color measurement systems for visual and numerical color characterization
    • Absorbance of liquids in the visible range (to include ultra-violet and near-infrared absorbance/transmission properties of liquids/solutions using UV-Vis NIR spectroscopy)
  • Non-Woven Research Services and Processes
    • Production of non-woven materials such as air-laid processes, needle punching, hydroentanglement, sonic bonding and calendaring
    • Carding and cross-lapping of fibers and non-woven materials
  • ECE Clean Room Services and Processes
    • Wet & dry chemical cleaning and etching
    • Plasma etching
    • ALD & E-beam deposited dielectrics & metals
    • I-Line photolithography
  • Thermal Analysis and Tensile Properties
    • Determining key material properties such as:
      • Degree of crystallinity
      • Glass transition temperature
      • Melting point range
      • Degradation temperature
      • Enthalpy of formation measurements via melt solution calorimetry
    • Generate Stress/strain data
    • Analyze data to determine tensile strength, elongation at break and tensile modules
    • Instron testing with load cell capacities from 10 grams to 22,000 lbs
    • Abrasion testing equipment
    • Substrate porosity determination for all porous materials, including non-wovens and textiles
    • Generate data such as mean pore size, pore size distribution, largest pore size and air the flux/permeability through materials being tested
  • Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition Lathe
    • Production of unique glass pre-form
    • Recipe-based control of process variables
  • Optical Fiber Draw Tower Services
    • Wide range of temperatures and sizes
    • Soft glass and polymer
    • Particulate free and accurate specifications

Service Testing

As a department, we are able to offer the services of our Materials Characterization and Processing Center, which provides analytical and physical testing, manufacturing, fiber extrusion, and processing support and services. Please view our billing rates and equipment list for more details on commodities, services, and appropriate contacts.

Billing Rates
Equipment List


Physical Testing
Jae Lowe
Phone: (864) 656-5972
Fax: (864) 656-5973

Analytical Testing
Kim Ivey
(864) 656-5968
Fax: (864) 656-5973