MCNV's facilities have unique capabilities for studying materials under extreme conditions. We know your work can face everything from high pressures and temperatures, corrosive environments, complicated strains, and the unique problems combinations of these factors present. Using our material testing facilities, we can replicate, accelerate, and study these processes in-situ to get you answers to your unique problems.

 
A close up of a materials testing machine

Why work with Materials Characterization Nevada?

Working with us means direct contact with the scientists and engineers working on your project and access to the greatest pool of material testing experts in the state.

Materials Characterization Nevada is staffed by faculty as well as dedicated scientists and technicians. Our unparalleled expertise in material science and engineering ensures your samples are handled professionally using standard or custom protocols for analysis. Combining multiple complementary techniques allows for elemental and chemical composition, structure, location, and morphology to be identified.

Whether it is comparing results over time, or a specific case study, our staff have the expertise in using our facilities to address complex problems. MCNV's staff uses their background as experimental researchers to design the best approach studying and solving your problem.

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Dev Chidambaram
Dev Chidambaram
Professor
dcc@unr.edu
(775) 784-7066

Dr. Chidambaram's expertise

Dr. Chidambarmam specializes in materials engineering, surface chemistry and electrochemistry.

Zach Karmiol
Zachary Karmiol
Director, EM Core Share Facility
zkarmiol@unr.edu
(775) 842-0463

Zach Karmiol's expertise

Zach Karmiol specializes in materials characterization and materials testing.

Our services

We offer scientific services in the areas of materials synthesis, characterization and performance testing in the form of research studies or measurements in the field of electrochemistry and surface analysis.

Materials Testing

MCNV's material testing and characterization lab is staffed by dedicated scientists. Our background as experimental researchers allows us to select the best technique to answer your questions. Whether it is a single step analysis or combining multiple complementary techniques to identify elemental and chemical composition, mechanical properties, structure, location, and morphology, MCNV will get you the answers to your material testing questions.

Corrosion Testing

MCNV has significant experience in studying and solving corrosion problems. Our facilities have unique capabilities able to replicate, accelerate, and characterize corrosion in situ under extreme conditions: low vacuum or high pressure, low or high temperature, complicated strains, and the unique problems presented by combinations of these factors. Whether the work is pre-emptive or analyzing an existing problem, MCNV has the expertise to keep your projects and people protected.

EDX Analysis

Known as EDS, EDX, EDXS or XEDS, this powerful analysis tool is combined with electron microscopes (SEM & TEM) to identify the elemental composition, and location of those elements on your sample. Providing qualitative and semi-quantitative data, EDS is an excellent tool for material identification, failure analysis, coating identification and thickness, identifying contaminants, and many more industry needs.

Materials testing experience

We have worked with local, national, and international companies to investigate a broad range of problems, including corrosion of structural materials, semiconductor failures, the efficacy of precision manufacturing, and the composition of products. Our investigation into the fouling and corrosion of a geothermal power plant led to a solution which has lead to nearly a million dollars of savings every two years.

  • A.U Mines, Inc.
  • Altair Nano
  • CalRamic Technologies, LLC
  • Capps Geoscience, LLC
  • Chemeon
  • Digital Solid State Propulsion
  • EP Minerals, LLC.
  • FARR WEST Engineering
  • Fortifiber Building Systems Group
  • GE Energy - Optimization and Control
  • Halogen Systems Inc.
  • Hamilton Company
  • Horiba Instruments Inc.
  • IDC, Innovative Drive Corporation
  • Kennametal
  • Micro-Tracers Inc.
  • Ormat Technologies Inc.
  • Nevada Nanotech Systems Inc.
  • RheoMinerals Inc.
  • Selco
  • Taiyo America
  • The Cable Connection