Materials and Biomaterials Research Facilities and Instrumentation on Campus

Materials and Biomaterials Analytical Facilities at Western 

The materials and biomaterials characterization facilities and instrumentation below are available to researchers on campus, academics from other institutions as well as industrial clients.  The links below contain more detailed information including instrument capabilities, scheduling and contact information.



Surface Science Western A consulting and research laboratory for the analysis and characterization of materials and surfaces. 

Western Nanofabrication Facility A facility to foster, support and sustain advanced research in biotechnology and nanotechnology in a wide range of disciplines.

Analytical Services Laboratory Central analytical laboratory with state-of-the-art instrumentation including inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, ion chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Integrated Microscopy @ Biotron Imaging technologies available include the latest in confocal microscopy, digital light and fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.

NMR Facility (Department of Chemistry) High resolution spectrometers for both solution state and solid state analysis.

X-ray Diffraction Unit (Department of Chemistry) Diffractometers for both single crystal and polycrystalline samples. 

Tandetron High Current Accelerator (Department of Physics and Astronomy) Rutherford Backscattering (RBS), Medium Energy Ion Scattering (MEIS), Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD), various implantation capabilities and Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) 



Raman Micro-Spectroscopy and FTIR Micro-Spectroscopy Systems (Yang Song)

Custom Array Microarray DNA Synthesizer and Illumina GA IIe high throughput sequencing system (Peter Rogan)



In addition to the research strengths of CAMBR researchers and their programs, Western University is home to some of the best analytical instrumentation available for Materials and Biomaterials research. This includes instrumentation in the Nanofabrication Laboratory, Surface Science Western and the Integrated Microscopy facility in the Biotron.  Through funding from the University’s IDI program, CAMBR is pleased to announce funding for up to eight Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Interdisciplinary (AMBI) Facilities Access Grants to enable international collaborations where access to such instrumentation would advance research networking.

Proposals will be accepted to support international, external academic users of these services. These external users can partner with a CAMBR faculty member at Western in developing/submitting a short proposal (form attached), which will ultimately be ranked by a panel made up from CAMBR membership. These can be either new or existing research collaborations. This year, up to 8 of these awards (@ up to $1500 each) will be given out for projects of well-defined scope, emphasizing the nature of the international collaboration and how this might be fostered with access to the materials instrumentation at Western. Note that these funds cannot be used to support individual researcher’s equipment.

 Should these research collaborations also require a visit to Western, academics can be nominated for participation in Western’s Visiting University Scholar Program by the host faculty member. The Office of the VP (Research and International Relations) also offers housing support during the summer months.

 AMBI Facilities Access Grants funds will be transferred to a Western faculty member’s research account upon submission of a short report with billing details outlining the expenses incurred for the analyses and the (expected) outcome of the collaboration. This must be submitted by the end of the calendar year 2014.

 Details of successful projects may be published on the CAMBR web page. Acknowledgement of the funding program should be included in any works published/presented that arise from this funded aspect of the collaboration. Applications should be sent to John Corrigan, Chemistry Bldg. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 23, 2014 and results will be released by April 30, 2014. Application Forms are available >here<.


CAMBR Distinguished Lecturer 

April 27, 2015
9:00 am UC224 (Conron Hall)

Prof. Greg Scholes, Princeton University

Photosynthetic light harvesting and ultrafast energy transfer


CAMBR Netwoking Seminar

UPDATED: Thurs. April 2, 2015
2:30 pm in CHB 115

Prof. Gord Osinski
"Shocking Materials"

Prof. Zhifeng Ding
"Fabrication and Characterization of CuInS2 (CIS) and Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Nanocrystal Films for Solar Cells"

All welcome.

2015 Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Interdisciplinary (AMBI) Undergraduate Research Awards

CAMBR Visiting Speaker Seminar
NOV 17, 1:30 PM, PAB 100
Prof. Hidde H. Brongersma
Eindhoven Univ. Technol. / Imperial College (London) / ION-TOF
High-Sensitivity LEIS: A new tool in the understanding of the performance of surfaces and (sub-)nanometer materials 

CAMBR Networking Seminars
Nov 11, 2:30 pm
CHB 115

Prof. Desmond Moser
The natural and material science of time; electron diffraction (EBSD) and atom probe tomography of U-bearing crystals from the Earth, Moon and Mars

Prof. Jayshri Sabarinathan
Nanophotonic Sensors 

Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Sossina M. Haile, Carl F. Braun Professor of Materials Science and of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in SEB 3109.

Congratulations to our 2014 AMBI Undergraduate Research Award Recipients!

Jamal Nigim, working with Prof. McCausland (Earth Sciences) and Prof. Simpson (Physics & Astronomy)
Max Weissman, working with Prof. Workentin (Chemistry) and Prof. Mittler (Physics & Astronomy)
Steven Gregus, working with Prof. de Bruyn (Physics & Astronomy) and Prof. Yang (Mech & Mater Engg)
Dong-Yup Choi, working with Prof. Fanchini (Physics & Astronomy) and Prof. Gilroy (Chemistry)
Sasha Van Dinther, working with Prof. Charpentier (Chem & Biochem Engg) and Prof. Mittler (Physics & Astronomy)
Johnathan Altenbeck, working with Prof. Huang (Chemistry) and Prof. Flemming (Earth Sciences)  



Dr. John F. Corrigan

Department of Chemistry
Western University
London, ON
N6A 5B7 Canada
(519) 661 2111 x86387

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Research, Education and Innovation in Materials and Biomaterials