This laboratory supports courses in the College of Engineering curriculum in materials science and engineering. Additionally, it serves several faculty research programs in materials science and structural analysis, allowing users to evaluate composition as well as view, identify and understand the small-scale structures of fractures surfaces, material damage, and material microstructure. Microhardness testing can help identify changes in material properties with various surface and heat treatments.


Equipment in the laboratory is intended for viewing the small-scale structures of materials and performing qualitative and quantitative analysis.

  • Wilson Instruments 401MVD Knoop/Vickers hardness tester
  • Nikon SMZ800 Stereomicroscope
  • Olympus DP71 12 mp digital camera
  • Fiber-optic light source with light tubes and light ring
  • Olympus IX70 inverted microscope
  • Olympus GX51 inverted metallographic microscope
  • Olympus UC50 digital camera
  • JEOL 6060 scanning electron microscope with backscatter detector
  • Oxford INCA EDS microanalysis (energy dispersive spectrometer)
  • Hummer 6 sputter coater
  • Time Group TR200 roughness tester

Lab Information

Location: AXFAB, Bldg. 75, Rm. 124

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 928-777-6600 or 800-888-3728, or email

Lab Director: Dr. David Lanning