The UMN Characterization Facility, a College of Science & Engineering core facility, recently acquired a state-of-the-art small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) instrument through generous contributions from the NSF-funded UMN Materials Research Science & Engineering Center and the UMN Center for Sustainable Polymers, the Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME), and the Office of the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering. SAXS is a pivotal tool for the detailed structural characterization of materials structured at length scales ranging ~2-100 nm. The specific arrangements of atoms and molecules in these materials directly influence the bulk properties and ultimate applications of myriad inorganic, organic, and polymeric materials that are central to many multidisciplinary and collaborative UMN MRSEC research projects.
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