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About the Lab
The Research Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL) exists to provide UMD with the physical, personnel & fiscal infrastructure to support the use & maintenance of sophisticated analytical instrumentation. The instrumentation in the lab is used for the characterization of materials being studied by university students, faculty and staff. This facility also works to provide an environment for cooperative research and collaboration between lab users. By allowing easy access to instrumentation, providing technical support, and managing day-to-day maintenance demands, the facility will provide investigators more time to concentrate on their research efforts.
The laboratory is the home for the university’s x-ray diffractometers, x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, scanning electron microscope, inductively coupled mass spectrometer, and various light microscopes & sample preparation tools. The laboratory also currently has space to house newly acquired research instruments
Any UMD faculty, students or staff who have a research need for the data that can be produced by these instruments will be accommodated by the laboratory staff to the best of their ability. Laboratory staff is available to train users or collect data for researchers. The laboratory is also available for use by members of the greater community outside of UMD including other universities, educational groups or local businesses.