• Materials Science Laboratory

Materials Science Laboratory


The research team studying nano-structured titania as a photocatalyst to clean the environment are (front row, left to right)  Igor Cella, Fernando Soares, and Andrew Hyder; and (back row, left to right) Ian Deming, Dr. Dan Fleming, Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, and Emil Sanchez

Current Research:


  • Scanning electron microscope (and EDS)
  • X-ray diffractometers (powder and polycrystalline, and residual stresses)
  • Optical microscopes
  • Hardness and micro-hardness testers
  • Arc-melting furnace
  • Tube vacuum/protective environment heat treating furnace
  • Heat treatment furnaces
  • Tables PC’s

Rates for use of X-ray Diffraction, Electron Microscope, and other Materials Facilities:

USER Equipment Rate Operator Assistance Rate
WMU Users $35/hour $25/hour
Other University Users $50/hour $33/hour
Industrial Users $161/hour $55/hour

Current Funding Sources: 

National Science Foundation and Hewlett Packard

For more information

More information is available from:

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur
laboratory director
phone: (269) 276-3212
email: pnina.ari-gur@wmich.edu 


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5343 USA
269-276-3420 | 269-276-3421 Fax