The Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) is a user research facility in the Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) at the University of Utah. The lab offers clients access to a wide range of analytical instrumentation and services for a variety of organic, inorganic, and environmental samples.

The MCL is located in Room 1325 in the Meldrum Civil Engineering Building (MCE, Building Number 0061). Our facility is a primarily a user-based lab where researchers are trained in the care and handling of various equipment for their own research. In addition to providing training for new users, our staff is available to help users in preliminary experiment design and result interpretation. Users can schedule time using the HSC Cores online scheduling system after establishing a billing account and passing mandatory training.

The MCL has an extensive history of successful collaborations with academia, government, and industry clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations in the aerospace, automotive, coatings, geochemical, medical, semiconductor, and other markets.

MSE faculty and staff serve as resources with the following areas of specialization: biofuel cells, ceramics, composites, computational electronic materials and polymers, electronic materials and assemblies, explosive sensing, hydrogels, nanomaterials, nanotechnology, and more.

Lab Equipment

Scientific equipment and engineering services are available for on-campus and off-campus users. Please call 801-581-5303  or email for more information.

Our Mission

To provide a world-class education, assist University of Utah investigators with cutting-edge research, and contribute to Utah’s industrial and start-up communities, as well as the growth of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.


The MCL is a primary teaching facility for students in the Materials Science & Engineering Department where we facilitate lab sessions and experiments.


We have assisted researchers from the following departments:

We have consulted and performed work for the following companies:


We engage in K-12 outreach to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM.