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.


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 Seminar Series
March 13, 2:30 pm CHB 115
Prof. Jeff Wood
Composite Materials Research at the ICRC
Dr. Pelumb Jakupi
Applications of Analytical Microscopic Techniques to Investigate Localized Corrosion on Commercial Alloys and Coatings

2014 AMBI Undergraduate Research Award Applications

2014 AMBI Facilities Access Grants

November 1, 2013 Distinguished Lecturer and Research Day

Congratulations to our 2013 AMBI Undergraduate Research Award Recipients!

Michelle Bashaw, working with Prof. Charpentier (Chem & Biochem Engg) and Prof. Semenikhin (Chemistry)
Brad Brouwer, working with Prof. Corrigan (Chemistry) and Prof. Fanchini (Physics & Astronomy)
Sydney Davenport, working with Prof. de Bruyn (Physics & Astronomy) and Prof. Yang (Mech & Mater Engg)
Jagan Sivakumaran, working with Prof. Hutter (Physics and Astronomy) and Prof. Goldberg (Dentistry)
Saied Sorkhou, working with Prof. Gillies (Chem/Chem & Biochem Engg) and Prof. de Bruyn (Physics & Astronomy)
Andrei Venter, working with Prof. Workentin (Chemistry) and Prof. Fanchini (Physics & Astronomy)  

November 13, 2012 Distinguished Lecturer and Research Day


Congratulations to our 2012 AMBI Undergraduate Research Award Recipients!

Arian Gholami (working with Prof. W. Wan and Prof. A. Fenster)

Ashley Ching (working with Prof. J. Zhang and Prof. J. de Bruyn)

Adam Elmehriki (working with Prof. R. Hudson and Prof. R. Bartha)

Susanna George (working with Prof. Z. Ding and Prof. J. Yang)

Michael Bramble (working with Prof. R. Flemming and Prof. J. Hutter) 


June 23, 2011 Distinguished Lecturer and Research Day


Dr. John F. Corrigan

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

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