About

The Eyring Materials Center (formerly known as the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science) provides academic and industry researchers with open access to advanced facilities and equipment for materials characterization; surface, optical and structural analysis; and high-resolution electron microscopy. The center supports materials analysis across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering. 

We have a four-decade legacy of training researchers on our electron microscopes and other analytical tools. Materials scientists who trained at ASU are now running analytical, characterization and imaging laboratories in academia, government and industry around the world.  

Industry users access our instruments for corporate R&D in microelectronics, aerospace, medical electronics, energy, personal care, automotive, life sciences and other industries. Contact us about industry rates for one-time use or learn about our Industrial Associates Program.

The Eyring Materials Center is comprised of three facilities that provide equipment for specific materials research.

John M. Cowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy
As a global leader in high resolution electron microscopy, ASU plays an important role characterizing critical properties of materials. This facility houses a dozen electron microscopes that can probe the physical, electronic and chemical structure of matter on an atomic scale. Instruments and techniques include: ion milling; electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and aberration corrected electron microscopy.

Life Science Electron Microscopy
The laboratory is located in a purpose-designed suite in the sub-basement of the Life Sciences C-wing building. The entire 1,400-square-foot lab area has a vibration-isolating floor, which is critical for EM analysis. Interior space consists of five rooms containing microscopes and ultramicrotomes, a preparation lab with fume hood for chemical procedures and sample processing, and a room which houses a specialized instrument designed for high-pressure freezing of samples at liquid nitrogen temperatures. In addition to the life sciences community, the lab provides services to both on-campus and off-campus researchers from various disciplines that may require EM.

Goldwater Materials Science Facility
The Goldwater Materials Science facility provides an extensive array of analytical tools and techniques for optical, structural and surface analysis, surface morphology, chemistry and microscopy, and synthesis and processing. Widely used techniques include X-ray diffraction and topography, atomic force microscopy, FT-IR and Raman Spectroscopy, Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, optical and stylus profilometry, residual gas analysis, ellipsometry, and thin film synthesis.