In the Building: Labs


  • Jian-Guo Zheng
  • Office Location: 3421 Calit2 Building
  • Mailing Address:
    4100 Calit2 Building
    Irvine, CA 92697-2800
  • Office: 949.824.0441
  • Fax: 949.824.8197
  • Lab: 949.824.4534
  • Mobile: 949.468.9980

Materials Characterization Center

MC2 is a university-wide shared-user facility, focusing on the characterization of crystal structure, surface topography, materials microstructure and chemical microanalysis, with capabilities to reveal materials features from tens of microns down to 0.2 nm. Once users are trained on the instruments, they can reserve time on a recharge basis to conduct their own research.

The center offers a wide range of instrumentation and techniques in microscopy and diffraction, including light optical microscopy (LOM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), together with a comprehensive specimen-preparation facility (SPF). Various materials can be prepared and examined in the center, from bulk to nanostructured materials and from inorganic to organic materials, including but not limited to metals, ceramics, semi-conductors, superconductors, magnetic materials, ferroelectric materials, composites, polymers, biological materials, biochemical materials and medical materials. The center is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week to all UCI faculty, staff and students, as well as outside researchers, including industrial companies and partners. It serves the scientific and engineering community through education, collaborative research and technical service. Academic professionals who have rich research experience with various materials in the center provide hand-on training, short courses and technical assistance.  

The center is maintained by Calit2, but is located in Room 140, Engineering Tower on the UCI main campus. It is part of the LEXI partner research center.