Central Facilities

NCMN Central Facility for Scanning Probe Microscopy and Materials Characterization

NCMN operates and coordinates six Central Facilities that are open to all UNL researchers as well as external (private sector) researchers. The Central Facility for Scanning  Probe and Materials Characterization (SPMC) is one of these facilities. To learn more about our facility, please go to web page  http://ncmn.unl.edu/spm/  .

This facility contains a large variety of equipment to characterize the mechanical and physical properties of a wide range of materials. The facility focuses on using the many materials characterization aspects to perform failure analyses on components. Samples can be analyzed to determine the failure mode, and solutions to prevent further problems. Samples can be also prepared for the Electron Microscopy or X-ray Diffraction Facilities, if necessary.

The Facility is equipped with:

  • ·         A new DSC 204 F1 Phoenix Differential Scanning Calorimeter thermal analysis system.  The DSC 204 F1 has a temperature range of -175° C to 700° C which allows the measurement of; melting temperatures, melting enthalpy, crystallization temperatures, crystallization enthalpy, transition enthalpies, phase transformations, phase diagrams and other thermal properties.
  • ·        An Olympus BX51 polarizing microscope which includes differential interference contrast capabilities is available for sample viewing, and image analysis capabilities. Photographs may be taken as computer image using a DP73 digital camera in transmission and reflection modes.
  • ·        A Mettler Toledo FP900 thermal system with a FP 82 microscope hot stage to observe the thermal behavior of a sample under a microscope.  The temperature range of the stage is room temperature to 375° .


Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

Mechanical and Materials Characterization facility was combined into SPMC facility. Please visit the SPMC facility website for the updated information:                      http://ncmn.unl.edu/spm/                                          



Mechanical and Materials Characterization facility was combined into SPMC facility. 

New NCMN  SPMC Facility Sign-In Calendar

    Check with the Specialist for log-in access   


Lanping Yue, Facility Specialist

855 N. 16th Street,
Jorgensen Hall, Room 013
office: Room 013A
Lincoln, NE 68588-0298

phone: (402) 472-2742
   fax: (402) 472-6148

Xingzhong Li,  Facility Specialist(secondary)

855 N. 16th Street, 
Jorgensen Hall, Room 033
Lincoln, NE 68588-0298

phone: (402) 472-8762
   fax: (402) 472-6148

Steve Michalski
Facility Specialist(tertiary)

855 N. 16th Street
  102A Nanoscience Research Center
  Lincoln, NE 68588-0298

phone: (402) 472-7096
    fax: (402) 472-6148

Li Tan, Faculty Advisor

W334 NH
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0656

(402) 472-4018