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Characterize Your Materials Using UC Davis' Cutting-Edge Laboratory

uc davis materials science engineering advanced materials characterization testing lab
AMCaT Scientific Director Klaus van Benthem and graduate student Boyi Qu explore materials samples using the Thermo Fisher Quattro S Environmental SEM. Photo: Alexander Fisher-Wagner/UC Davis.

About AMCaT

The Advanced Materials Characterization and Testing laboratory (AMCaT) is a shared resource facility in Kemper Hall that is available to all interested users on and off campus. AMCaT supports a wide variety of electron microscopes, including aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopes for the characterization of both hard and soft materials. These capabilities are complemented by state-of-the-art sample preparation equipment, high-resolution x-ray diffractometer, and a variety of different optical microscopes and image analysis software. AMCaT embraces and supports a multi-disciplinary user base of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty researchers at UC Davis and plays a key role in numerous research projects and lab classes in the College of Engineering.

AMCaT Services

AMCaT offers a wide variety of materials characterization tools, along with the professional experience needed to train and assist users or carry out laboratory services. 

Access to the AMCaT laboratory is based on hourly recharge fees that vary depending on the equipment or service. Our professional staff is also available for consultations and design assistance for projects being carried out in the laboratory. These services can be used by both UC Davis researchers and off-site customers.

Our website lists a full list of available equipment and their recharge rates for reference.

AMCaT Staff

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Professor Klaus van Benthem

Scientific Director
2007 Kemper Hall

Andrew Sharits
Andrew Sharits

Lab Manager
108 Kemper Hall