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Welcome Message from the Director

Welcome to Drexel University’s Centralized Research Facilities, a University Core!

Through our University resource—an important collection of instruments supported by professional and technical staff expertise in materials characterization and analyses, and micro-fabrication—we are ready to help you achieve and exceed your goals in your next research or creative endeavor. 

Our users rely on advanced electron microscopy and analysis, X-ray diffraction, surface science, or spectroscopy for inquiry, innovation and impact. Perhaps you are seeking to draw inspiration from Nature by imaging and analyzing the structure and surface of a butterfly wing.  Or maybe you are designing and machining structures that will harness or store energy more efficiently, or will be used to sense pathogens. Unsure of how our team, capabilities, and experience can help you in your work? Through training and expert support this University core facilitates discovery and creativity, and advances knowledge and understanding.  Our reach is broad, spanning science, medicine and health, art and design, technology—and even includes forensics and law.

This website provides basic information about our instruments and capabilities, along with announcements about the re-opening of our newly renovated class 10,000/100 cleanroom Microfabrication Facility in LeBow Engineering and new capabilities for research that will be coming online shortly. In the spring we will launch a campaign to help you be more informed of our capabilities, news, and examples of our products and their impact on research, innovation, technology and training at Drexel.

We host more than $12M in capitalized infrastructure and we serve more than 220 users annually.  A governance through our Committee on Core Facilities with representation from several colleges and schools meets monthly to provide us timely and informed guidance in issues, policies and planning, and helps us respond to the evolving needs of our users.

I encourage you to contact me or one of our staff members to schedule a tour or to discuss how we can assist you in your research, analyses or design.

Jonathan E Spanier, PhD

Director | Centralized Research Facilities, A University Core

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering


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