CNSI Technology Centers Partners

Brillouin – Mandelstam Spectroscopy Facility

The Brillouin – Mandelstam Inelastic Light Scattering Spectroscopy (BMS) Facility is located in the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The unique facility, directed by Professor Alexander Balandin, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been built with funding provided by NSF in the framework of the Major Research Instrumentation development project. BMS instrumentation features an integrated inelastic light scattering spectroscopy system with the capability to handle small samples held at cryogenic to room temperature and above. The instrument allows one to measure the energies of various types of elemental excitations, such as phonons and magnons, in different materials and devices. The measured frequencies cover the range from sub-GHz to hundreds of THz, covering the entire range of phonon frequencies from acoustic to optical. The BMS instrument’s capabilities are important for studying the properties of electronic, optical, thermal, mechanical, thermoelectric, magnetic, spintronic, superconducting, and topological materials. The instrumentation also allows one to study biological samples, determining their elastic, optical, and other characteristics.

Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory

The Integrated Nanomaterials Laboratory (INML) is a state-of-the-art nanomaterials synthesis and characterization facility. INML addresses the critical technological needs of the future through material development as we integrate nanoscience with disciplines such as electronics, photonics, renewable energy, chemistry, biology, and physics. the extensive technological advances made by the INML particularly in the areas of integrated iii-Sb/CMOS optoelectronics, infra- red photonics, and electronics form the basis of a large number of our on-going partnerships and collaborations.

Materials Structure Characterization Laboratory (MSCL)

The Materials Structure Characterization Laboratory (MSCL) is an open-access user facility offering a collection of advanced instruments for structural characterization that enable the design, fabrication, and testing of new materials. The facility operates under the direction of the UCLA Department of Materials Science and Engineering, servicing the educational and research needs of the University, external academia as well as local industry.

MSCL supports multimodal characterization via optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopies/spectroscopies. Instruments can be operated in a stand-alone fashion or in combinations to enable correlative methods that unlock material structure, chemistry, and crystallinity.

UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center

The UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center (MIC) is a campus-wide, state-of-the-art core facility that enables the use of modern instrumentation in molecular characterizations.

The purpose of the MIC is to meet the needs of the UCLA scientific community by providing all aspects of technical support in the application of modern instrumentation to solve problems in cutting-edge scientific research. MIC professional staff is responsible for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the equipment and training users. MIC encompasses four major areas: Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, X-ray Diffraction, and Materials Characterization.