Core Facility Fair

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Learn about the specialized facilities available on campus and interact with the core facility personnel. This event is open to all faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students, as well as external customers. You will learn how Notre Dame's state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise can help you take your research to the next level! There will be lots of great snacks and prizes. For more information, please contact Kara Primmer at

While there, make sure you visit with Dr. Ian Lightcap, Research and Facilities Program Director for ND Energy's Materials Characterization Facility (MCF), and learn more about key capabilities in the following areas:

  • General Materials Characterization - Modern instrumentation and expertise for solid, liquid, and gas characterization by spectroscopic, thermal, X-ray, BET, and spectrometric analytical methods. 
  • Photovoltaic and Electrocatalyst Characterization - Two catalyst and photovoltaic testing stations include solar simulators, automated gas sampling loops for in-line GC evolved gas detection, and a potentiostat with eletrochemical impedance and rotating disc electrode capabilities. 
  • Crystallographic Characterization - Powder and single crystal x-ray diffractometers are available for a wide range of structural characterization. 

The MCF is an open-access facility and is available to internal and external users, both academic and industrial. For more information and to schedule use of the equipment, contact Dr. Ian Lightcap at 574-631-1493 or

View the Core Facility Fair Poster.

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