Materials Science and Engineering

    Roberts Hall 302
    Box 352120
    Seattle WA 98195







The purpose of the MSE-User facility is to provide materials characterization to students, faculty, researchers and on a limited basis, industry. We have X-ray diffraction, particle sizing, porosimetry, temperature related characterization, optical characterization, and various furnaces for sample preparation.

Training is provided for all of the instruments in the user facility except the Porosimeter and the legacy equipment. (Perkin Elmer thermal analysis).

For UV-Vis - FTIR - Instron - STF SEM - Thermal Analysis please contact Tuesday Kuykendall at tuesday@uw.edu. 

For XRD - Olympus Scope - Particle Size - Furnaces - Thermal Analysis Contact Tatyana Galenko at tgalenko@uw.edu. All others please contact Tuesday for training.

For EMC instruments (Not featured on this page) Please Contact Hanson Fong at hfong@uw.edu

Microsoft PowerPoint file icon Signing up on scheduler.pptx2.9M Download Instructions for creating an account on the scheduler. Do this during the second training session.

MSE User Facility Policies

Cost Center Users – Internal: All UW users with a budget number. (UG exception for a course)

Cost Center Users – External: Anyone without a budget number.

Student Tech Fee Users: Any student that pays regular UW tuition. (Does not include postdocs, visiting scholars, volunteers, researchers or any other user who does not pay tuition to the UW).

  • The MSE User facility is a cost center for use by researchers and undergraduates. Undergraduate courses have priority access.  Training is available for most of the instruments in the department. 
  • Users cannot train new users, even if the new user plans to arrange for formal training.
  • We ask that users wait to arrange training until they have their own samples.  Users should plan to make a measurement as soon as possible after training. 
  • Trainings are a minimum of two sessions (3 for SEM) and both sessions require an appointment.
  •  If a user has an emergency, usually the Lab Manager or her assistant can do the measurement (1 or 2 samples).   Most appointments can be made within 1 – 2 weeks of when they are requested.  Same day appointments are not available.
  • The web page has links (on the left of the page) to information about training policies, costs, reservations, etc.  https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/tuesday/13537/   Please read it before the first training session.
  • All of the instruments require reservations on the resource scheduler. 
  • All of the instruments require training, even if you have already used a similar instrument before.
  • The fee structure below is for users with a UW budget only.  The costs per sample or per hour is based on how the instruments are used, how often they are used, how expensive they are to maintain and how expensive to replace.
  • We waive the cost center fee for STF equipment for graduate and undergraduates who pay tuition and are doing their own research.
  • We waive the cost center fee for undergraduate students who registered for and are working on their own senior project or in the senior design course or using equipment as part of course work.
  • Cost center fees apply if an undergraduate is doing measurements using cost center instruments for a researcher/graduate student. The undergraduate student must have a budget number.
  • It is not appropriate for non-student users to ask students to run measurements for them on STF instruments in order to avoid the fee.
  • A budget number is required at the time of training. 
  • Users are required to have their own samples ready for the driver’s test.
  • Users must fill out and sign a user agreement before gaining access to any instruments.

For UW-Users (Internal users: defined as users with a UW budget number): Users of all cost center equipment are required to reserve the resource. Most resources have a 1 Hour minimum. Users are billed from the resource scheduler.  Cancellations less than 2 hours before a reservation are billed as a regular use.

For Non-UW Users (External users: defined as users without a UW budget number)  Non-UW users must also use the resource scheduler to reserve the instruments.  Non-UW users are charged the Non-UW fees (see pricing tab on the left) If no UW budget number is available a billing address and PO number is required.  Resources for NON-UW users is billed at a 1 hour minimum. Washington state tax and a UW User fee will be charged.


Machine Shop
Oct 6, 2017 2:37 PM
We have limited machine shop hours. Please read more under the machine shop tab.
Policy Updates - Shop
Sep 16, 2016 9:07 AM
There have been some policy changes and changes in the fee structure. Please take some time to r...
Mar 28, 2016 4:01 PM
Training sessions are now on a set schedule. You must still send an email to sign-up. First ses...
Xray Fluorescence
Oct 26, 2015 10:22 AM
Its Here! XRF - Bruker Tornado M4.
Send questions about this workspace to Tuesday Kuykendall​.