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Advanced Materials Institute



The Advanced Materials Institute is an ARTP center that provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for characterization of the composition, structure, and properties of materials in support of the educational, research, and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students involved in materials research.  AMI also conducts materials characterization studies on samples for local, regional and national businesses and governmental agencies.

            Located in modern laboratory space within WKU’s Center for Research and Development, the Advanced Materials Institute contains a wide variety of scientific instruments useful for the characterization of materials.  In addition to providing support for faculty and student research projects, the TA Lab provides graduate and undergraduate students with hands-on experience in use of methods for materials characterization, and revenue generated from both internal and external clients partially support the operation of the TA Lab. 

Core Expertise(s): 

The Advanced Materials Institute conducts analyses using the following methods:

Anion Liquid Chromatography (ALC)

Atomic Force Microscopy (AMF)

Bomb Calorimetry (BC)

Elemental Analysis for Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur, and Mercury (EA)

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)

Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-ES)

Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (LCMS)

Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDX)

Single Crystal X-ray Structure Determination (SC-XRD)

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)

X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD)


Core Products & Services

The core service of the Advanced Materials Institute is to provide access to advanced instrumental methods for the characterization of materials for both internal and external clients.  These results are frequently used in fundamental studies on the properties of matter, and for the characterization of materials used in the development of new materials based devices. 


For more information visit the Advanced Materials Institute home page here


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 Last Modified 2/28/20