• Space


The primary purpose of the Van Vlack Undergraduate Laboratory is to serve the needs of undergraduate students. It is the classroom for MSE laboratory and computational courses, a collaborative space for student projects, and a site to conduct demonstrations and discussions for other MSE courses. The VVUL additionally hosts community outreach events and graduate courses, and the equipment can be used for research when it is not reserved for instructional use.



sitting at SEM



There are two main areas in the laboratory, each housing different types of equipment.


  •  The main room contains a wide variety of materials characterization apparatus, including microscopy, mechanical testing, spectroscopy, and x-ray equipment.  It also contains a computer laboratory with access to modern materials research software.
  • The furnace room contains equipment for sample preparation, including a machine shop, casting and heat-treatment furnaces, and chemical supplies.




Primary laboratory equipment (2224 HH Dow)

  • Philips Scanning Electron Microscope (XL30) with SE/BSE/EDAX
  • Anatech Sputter Coater (Hummer VI)
  • MTS Insight 10 Mechanical Tester (1 and 10kN) with TestWorks
  • Rigaku Supermini 200 X-ray Fluorescence
  • TA Texture Analyser Mechanical Tester (30kg)
  • 2 Perkin Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeters (DSC 6)
  • Rigaku 600 Miniflex XRD w/ JADE analysis software
  • Nikon Eclipse MA200 Inverted Microscope with DS-Ri2 Camera
  • 2 Nikon Eclipse LV100ND Upright Microscopes with DS-Ri2 Cameras

  • Nikon Eclipse Ci Biological Microscope with DS-Ri2 Camera

  • Nikon Stereo Microscope & Fiber lite S80 Illuminator
  • Nikon AZ100 Hybrid Microscope with Nikon digital sight camera (DS-L1)
  • Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • Clark Microhardness Tester
  • Jasco FT/IR 4100
  • Cary 50 Bio UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Phenom G2 Pro Scanning Electron Microscope
  • The laboratory also houses 30 computer workstations

Materials Processing Room (2231 HH Dow)

  • 2 LECO PR-15 Mounting Presses
  • LECO Cutoff Saw
  • KerrLab Auto Electro Melt Caster
  • Vulcan 3-550 Furnace
  • 2 ATM Grinder Polishers 
  • Brabender Plasti-Corder with Extruder and Mixer Attachment
  • 3 Lindberg/BlueM Furnaces (1200)
  • Lindberg/BlueM Furnace (1700,5000W)
  • Lindberg/BlueM Furnace (1700,3500W)
  • VWR Scienfitic Furnace (250C)
  • Carver Hydraulic Unit Model #3912
  • Smithy Drill Press/Lathe
  • Fisher Scientific FS30 Ultrainsonic Cleaner 
  • Do-All Bandsaw