Facilities

Located in Nathaniel Hill Hall, the laboratory facilities are among the best in the nation. The combination of classroom instruction and laboratory hands-on experience provide for a well integrated education leading to a baccalaureate degree. The well-equipped laboratories are dedicated to:

  • particulate and chemical/extraction metallurgical-and-materials processing
  • foundry science
  • corrosion and hydro-/electro-metallurgical studies
  • physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • welding and joining
  • forming, processing,and testing of ceramic materials

Mechanical testing facilities include computerized machines for tensile, compression, torsion, toughness, fatigue and thermo-mechanical testing. There are also other highly specialized research laboratories dedicated to: vapor deposition, and plasma and high-temperature reaction-systems.

Support analytical-laboratories for surface analysis, emission spectrometry, X-ray analysis, optical microscopy and image analysis, electron microscopy, including an analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy and the latest in scanning electron microscopy, and micro-thermal-analysis/mass spectrometry.

Ceramics Processing Facilities
  • Multiple Air Furnaces to 1700° C
  • Multiple controlled atmosphere furnaces
  • Vacuum hot press (2000° C, 25 ton)
  • Induction hot press (2000° C, 25 ton)
  • Ceramics forming facilities (tape caster, extruder, die-presses)
  • Particle size analysis
  • Synthesis laboratories including wet labs
  • Ball Mills

Contact: Professor Ivar Reimanis
Hill Hall 201A
(303) 273-3549
ireimani@mines.edu

Chemical and Structural Analytical Facilities
  • Optima 3000 ICP Spectrometer – Chemistry, (303) 273-3610
  • CRAY 5 UV-Nir Spectrometer – Colin Wolden, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Alderson Hall 423, (303) 273-3544
  • Leco Interstitial Analyzers
  • Complete Hydrogen (diffusible and total) Analyzer
  • Mossbauer Spectrometers – Don Williamson, Meyer Hall 257, Physics, MH 340, (303) 273-3837
  • UV Spectrometers – Physics, Room 425, Meyer Hall, Departmental office phone: (303) 273-3830 Chromatographs – Chemistry and
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering, (303) 273-3610
  • X-ray Diffraction Systems
Coating/Thin Film Testing and Deposition System
  • Scratch/adhesion Tester
  • Wear Tester
  • Profilometers
  • 8,000 Square Feet Thin Film Labs (2 clean rooms)
  • VAC TEC, VCC 7740 Vertical Cathode PVD Unit
  • VAC TEC, MLIV Horizontal Cathode PVD Unit
  • Varian Ion Implantation
  • Hyper Ion PVD Unit
  • Electron Beam & Thermal Evaporation Units
  • Perkin Elmer RF Sputtering System 2400-8SA
  • Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron System
  • Watkins Johnson Atmospheric Pressure CVD Unit
  • Plasma Enhanced CVD Unit
  • Laser Surface Modification Facilities
Commercial Codes
  • Process Simulation Software – Aspen
  • Finite Element Software – ABAQUS (Ivar Reimanis – Metallurgy, Hill Hall 201A, 303-273-3549)
  • Quantum Mechanical Software – Gaussian 94 Spartan
  • Materials and Molecular Modeling Packages – Cerius 2

Contact: Professor James (Jim) Ely, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Alderson Hall 451
(303) 273-3885
jely@mines.edu

Corrosion and Surface Analysis
  • EG&G PARC 273 Potentiodynamic Analytical System
  • Salt Spray Corrosion Testing
  • High Temperature Corrosion Testing
  • PH and Selective Electrode Sensors
  • XPS
  • Auger Electron Analysis
  • Schlumberger 1255 High Frequency Response Analyzer
  • 3852 HP Data Acquisition System
  • Cyclic Voltammetry Measurement
  • Electrochemical Impedance Analyzer
  • Ellipsometer
  • Surface Area Analyzer
Electron Microscopy Laboratory

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Mines is a user facility for imaging and analytical instruments, including scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM/STEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy of x-rays (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), focused ion beam (FIB), x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and laser/Raman confocal microscopy. Laboratory staff members are available to perform analysis for customers for an additional technical assistance fee.

Contact: Professor Robert Field
Hill Hall 176
303-384-2203
rfield@mines.edu

emlab.mines.edu

Electronic Materials Characterization
  • JA Woolham Spectroscopic Ellipsometer
  • Three Wavelength Gaertner Ellipsometer
  • Tencor Temperature Dependent Hall Effect Analyzer
  • Low Temperature Photoluminescence Spectrometer
  • C-V, I-V, PV Efficiency Instruments
  • Near Field Scanning Optical Microscope
  • Varian Ion Implanter
Electronic Materials Processing Facility
  • 1000 sq. ft. Class 1000 Clean Room
  • 3000 sq. ft. Thin Film Deposition Facility
Foundry

Contact: Professor Jeffrey King
Hill Hall 360
(303) 384-2133
kingjc@mines.edu

Hydrometallurgical Capabilities
  • Leaching Systems
  • Precipitation Systems
  • Analytical Support
  • Sol Gel Processing

Contact: Professor Patrick Taylor
Hill Hall 358
303-384-2130
prtaylor@mines.edu

Joining and Welding Laboratory
  • Complete Arc Welding Capability
  • Laser Welding System
  • Solid State Bonding
  • Soldering and Brazing Capability
  • Fixtures for Hot Cracking Susceptibility Testing
  • Gleeble Thermomechanical Simulator
  • Experimental Welding Consumable Production Capability
  • Underwater Welding

Contact: Professor Stephen Liu
Hill Hall 254
303-273-3796
sliu@mines.edu

Machine Shop

Contact: Professor Gerald Bourne
Hill Hall 115
303-273-3778
bourne@mines.edu

Mass Spectrometer
  • Extrel ELQ – 400 Triple Quadruple Mass Spectrometer
  • Extrel ELQ – 400 LC/MS Triple Quadruple Mass Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer Q-Mass 910 GC/MS Systems
  • JEOL M Station High Resolution Mass Spectromete
Mechanical Testing and Forming
  • 4 MTS Servohydraulic testing units with load capacity between 10-100 kips
  • High strain rate servohydraulic testing frame with displacement rates up to 13 m/s
  • 3 creep frames
  • Fatigue testing: Uniaxial, rotating bending, bending, Krouse-type, torsion capabilities
  • Rolling Sliding Contact Fatigue Machine
  • 4 Rolling Contact Fatigue Machines
  • 2 Slow Strain Rate Frames with environmental chambers
  • Dry Sand Rubber Wheel Wear Tester
  • Cathodic Charging for H-embrittlement studies
  • Hole Drilling Equipment for Residual Stress Analysis
  • Charpy Impact Tester
  • Drop Weight Tear Tester
  • Furnaces and extensometry for elevated temperature testin

Contact: Professor Kip Findley
303-273-3906
kfindley@mines.edu

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • NMR – 400 Mhz Liquid – Solids NMR Spectrometer
Nuclear Radiation Analysis
  • High Gamma Ray Detection with Simulation Detectors
  • Resolution Gamma Ray Delection with Semiconductor Defector
  • Charge Particle Detection with Semiconductor Defectors
  • Neutron Activation

Contact: Professor Uwe Greife, Physics
303-273-3618
ugreife@mines.edu

Particulate Processing and Analysis
  • Powder Metallurgy Processing
  • Mineral Processing
  • Ceramic Particulate Processing
  • Particle Size Analyzer

Contact: Professor Patrick Taylor
Hill Hall 358
303-384-2130
prtaylor@mines.edu

Physical Metallurgy Laboratory
  • Specimen Preparation Capability
  • Metal Forming Capability
  • Image Analysis
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Numerous Heat Treatment (vacuum and air) Systems
  • Rockwell Hardness and Vickers Microhardness testers

Contact: Professor Gerald Bourne
Hill Hall 115
303-273-3778
bourne@mines.edu

Physical Characterization
  • Netzsch Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer
  • Netzsch High Temperature Dilatometer
  • Netzsch Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Netzsch Thermal Conductivity Tester
  • Seiko TG/D and Cahn TGA Both Interfaced to a Fisons Mass Spectrometer
  • Bio-Rad Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
  • Thermal Conductivity
Polymer Characterization
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Light Scattering Molecular Weight Characterization
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • UV-Vis Spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry Characterization
  • Contact Angle Measurements
  • JEOL ECA-500 NMR Spectrometer – 500 MHz, variable temperature instrument capable of measuring all relevant nuclei with a 24 position sample changer.
  • Bruker Avance III 400 MHz Spectrometer – solids analysis system with MAS, diffusion, and variable temperature capabilities.
  • Waters GPC interfaced with a Wyatt mini-DAWN light scattering detector – Gel permeation chromatography capable of absolute molecular weight determination.
  • Viscotek GPCmax – GPC system with RI, UV-Vis, light scattering, and viscosity detectors capable of absolute molecular weight determination.
  • Wyatt Dawn Helios-II – 18 angle light scattering detector with an optilab T-rex RI detector for combined characterization of molecular weight and refractive index increments.
  • Seiko Instruments TG/DTA 320 with SSC5200H Thermal Analysis System – Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis system for determination of thermal transitions in polymeric and other materials.
  • Perkin-Elmer Pyris DSC – Differential scanning calorimeter for the determination of glass transition temperatures, melting points, crystallization temperatures, cure temperatures, as well as other calorimetric data associated with these thermal transitions.
  • Capable of analysis from -150°C to more than 600°C.
  • TA instruments Q20 DSC – Differential scanning calorimeter for the determination of glass transition temperatures, melting points, crystallization temperatures, cure temperatures, as well as other calorimetric data associated with these thermal transitions.
  • Thermo Electron Evolution 300 – UV-Vis spectrometer with xenon lamp light source for absorbance or transmittance from 190-1100 nm.
  • Thermo Electron Nicolet 4700 – FT-IR spectrometer capable of measuring IR transmittance or absorbance as films, powders, or by attenuated total reflectance.  The system has a grazing angle total reflectance (GATR) attachment.
  • Photon Technology International QuantaMaster 40 – Fluorescence Spectrometer – capable of measuring photoluminescence with different excitation energies on liquid samples and films.
  • Gamry Series G 300/750 Potentiostat – potentiostat with EIS capabilities for determining electrochemical behavior.
    PAR model 176/model 276 interface potentiostat/galvanostat – with PARC electrochemistry software

Contact: Professor Daniel Knauss, Chemistry
Coolbaugh Hall 158
303-273-3625

Pyrochemical Capabilities
  • Molten Salt Electrorefining
  • Molten Salt Electrowinnin
  • Molten Salt Heat Treatment Baths
  • Smelting Capabilities
  • High Temperature Melting Furnace
  • Vacuum Industries Inductotherm Vacuum Furnace (2200° C)
  • Seven Protective Atmosphere Boxes
Reaction System (SHS) Testing Reaction Chamber
  • Microgravity Processing Chambers
  • Powder Processing Facilities
Thermal Analysis Laboratory
  • DSC/DTA/GTA Laboratory