At MACES, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and summer MACES fellows have access to state-of-the-art instruments for synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation, after training and certification. Major instruments and capabilities available in our faculty labs address:

UC Merced’s compact campus includes four shared user facilities: the Imaging Microscope Facility, the Environmental Analytical Lab, the Molecular Characterization Facility, and the Stem Cell Instrument Foundry.

In addition, some faculty have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the synchrotron facilities at Advanced Light Source and at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Shared Facilities - UCM

Stem Cell Instrument Foundry

This facility provides the tools for device fabrication such as a contact aligner, atomic layer deposition and profilometer.

Imaging Microscope Facility

Advanced imaging instruments such as Zeiss Gemini 500 scanning electron microscope with sub nanometer resolution, JEOL JR-2010 high-resolution transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffractometry (PANalytical X’Pert PRO Theta/Theta X-ray Diffraction).

Molecular Characterization Facility

The Molecular Characterization Facility houses several major instruments, including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, a Horiba Fluorolog 3 fluorimeter, a Bruker Vertex 70 FT-IR spectrometer with a diamond crystal ATR accessory, a high resolution Thermo Electron Exactive Plus LC-MS for detecting small molecules, and a Q Exactive quadrupole Orbitrap LC-MS for high resolution detection of macromolecules.

Environmental Analytical Lab

Researchers can search for major and trace elements, selected chemical species and nutrients and organic compounds.