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Material characterization techniques play an important part of determining the chemical characteristics of synthesized materials. These same techniques can be used on environmental samples to determine rough chemical make-up, surface area, and particle size.

Material characterization and material science use an interdisciplinary approach when determining the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering. Through these techniques, researchers can investigate the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales. These techniques, such as particle surface area and particle size determination, incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry. With the University's emphasis on nanomaterials and nanotechnology, CEST has directed a greater increase in these capabilities.

Particle size and surface area, Zeta potential, and X-Ray fluorescence are all available in the Center.