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Facilities & Instrumentation

MDERFH offers access and training on a wide array of instrumentation aimed at assessing the performance and durability of natural and engineered materials and systems exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions. A sample preparation lab is also located in close proximity to the Hub’s primary instrumentation to help facilitate efficient usage of the microscopy, metrology, and mechanical characterization instrumentation. All hourly-based and sample-based instrumentation is managed through MDERFH’s iLab Core. Project-based instrumentation is managed by the department in which the instrument resides. Research facilities and staff for running the US EPA’s LEAF Methods are also available through MDERFH, with sample submissions for the LEAF methods handled through MDERFH’s iLab Core. Please click on the individual instruments and methods below to learn more about the capabilities and availability of each instrument/method.


Environmental scanning electron microscope – FEI FEG Quanta 650 with Oxford EDS and EBSD

Optical microscope – Zeiss Axiovert 200m

Mechanical characterization

Triboindenter – Bruker Hysitron TI980

Microtest stage (2kN) – Gatan MTEST2000EW

Electromechanical load frame (50kN) – Tinius Olsen Model 50 ST

Hydraulic load frame (260kN) – Tinius Olsen 60k Super L

Spectroscopy and Chromatography

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) – Perkin Elmer NexION 2000

Laser ablation system – New Wave NWR213 Laser Ablation System (current configuration is coupled with ICP-MS)

Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Varian 720-ES

Gas chromatograph + mass spectrometer (GC-MS) – Agilent 5977B

Ion chromatograph – Metrohm 881 Compact Pro


Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)/Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) – TA Instruments Q600 SDT

Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOC) – Shimadzu TOC-L (liquids) and SSM-5000A (solids)

Mercury Analyzer – Milestone DMA-80 evo

Fabrication and Processing

3D Printer – Hyrel Hydra 430 Gantry-style 3D Printer

Sample preparation

Low-speed, wet-cut diamond saw – Allied TechCut 4TM

Semi-automated grinder/polisher – Allied Metprep 3 TM with Power Head

Vibratory polisher – Pace Giga 1200

Planetary ball mill – Fritsch Pulverisette 6 Classic Line

LEAF Methods

LEAF Method 1313: Liquid-Solid Partitioning as a Function of Extract pH Using a Parallel Batch Extraction Procedure

LEAF Method 1314: Liquid-Solid Partitioning as a Function of Liquid-Solid Ratio for Constituents in Solid Materials Using an Up-Flow Percolation Column Procedure

LEAF Method 1315: Mass Transfer Rates of Constituents in Monolithic or Compacted Granular Materials Using a Semi-Dynamic Tank Leaching Procedure

LEAF Method 1316: Liquid-Solid Partitioning as a Function of Liquid-Solid Ratio Using a Parallel Batch Extraction Procedure