Multiscale Characterisation Facility

accelerate material characterisation

State of the art characterisation facilities

The Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility (MCF), housed in the Photon Science Institute, is a federation of state-of-the-art suites and facilities at the University of Manchester that aims to accelerate advancements in materials characterisation.

Instrumentation purchased through funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Engineering and Physical Research Council, and multiple industry partnerships enable 2D, 3D and 3D over time (so-called 4D) analysis of materials to be combined with elemental, atomic and isotropic characterisation techniques.

The aim of the MCF is two-fold: to guide manufacturing design by using advanced technologies that illuminate the realistic conditions in which materials are used and to serve other UK academics on collaborative research projects to advance material science. Working closely with partners, it will capture images of the way materials degrade in 2D, 3D and in 4D.

Our extensive capabilities are at the forefront of development and include 3D multiscale tomographic imaging, elemental sample characterisation and sample analysis across timescales. Please contact Helen Ryder for further information or to discuss potential projects.

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