Material characterization techniques play an important part in determining the chemical characteristics of synthesized materials and these techniques can be used on environmental samples to determine approximate chemical makeup, surface area, and particle size.
Through material characterization and material science 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, incorporate 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.