Materials Analysis

The Materials Analysis Laboratory has tools for measuring the magnetic and thermal properties of materials.  These instruments include a PPMS, MPMS with SQUID, a DSC with sub-ambient accessory, and TGA. The lab also has two older, mothballed tools including a Balser MS for analyzing gas streams from the TGA and a DEA for measuring electronic parameters associated with thin film materials.

  • Thermal and magnetic measurements
  • Hands-on education in the use and application to assess thermal and magnetic of thin films, solids, liquids, and nanoparticles
  • Bench and fume hood space to prepare the samples
  • Collaborative research opportunities
  • Data interpretations and recommedations
  • Full-service and self-service options
  • Support in academic courses
  • Specialized workshops

Thermal Analysis

  • TA Q500 Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA): Measures thermal stability, decomposition kinetics, volatile components of materials, and multi-position sample holder for measurements from ambient up to 900ºC.
  • TA 2500 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC): Measured properties include glass transition, melting points, % crystallinity, heats of fusion, specific heat, kinetics, stability, purity, cure rate, and sub-ambient accessory and multi-position sample holder.

Magnetic Properties Measurement System

  • Quantum Design MPMS3: 7 Tesla supercon with SQUID AC susceptibility, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer for DC field measurements, Electric Transport, Horizontal Rotator, VT from 1.8 K to 1000 K.

Physical Properties Measurement System

  • Quantum Design PPMS: 9 Tesla, DC Resistivity, Electrical Transport, Thermal Transport, Heat Capacity, Horizontal Rotator, Multi-Function Prope, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, VT from 1.8 K to 1000 K.

For Training on self-service instruments:

Training has a minimum charge of one hour of instrument and staff time.

Rates can be found here

Please use the iLab Portal to request a formal quote for equipment use or services.


Quantum Design – Technical Support


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Acknowledgment of facility contributions is expected in publications that include any data generated in the facility. Please cite us by our Research Resource ID (RRID:SCR_021758).

An example of an appropriate acknowledgment is:

“The authors wish to thank the Analytical Resources Core (RRID: SCR_021758) at Colorado State University for instrument access, training, and assistance with sample analysis”


Data Management Policy

Scientific Staff:

Dr. Indrani Bhowmick: Materials analysis services, training and class support