University of Central Florida
University of Central Florida’s Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) in Orlando is home to the $10 million Materials Characterization Facility (MCF), within the Central Florida Research Park and the Advanced Microfabrication and Clean Room Facility.
UCF has masters and doctoral degree programs in materials, formed synergistic partnerships with industries and government organizations and built a reputation in research excellence.
UCF's Nanoscience Technology Center
The Nanoscience Technology Center was established to bring multidisciplinary expertise in nanoscale science and technology to bear on problems of regional, state, and national need, in order to acquire new knowledge, educate students, create new technology, and promote industrial development, and to act as a unifying force for interdisciplinary research at UCF.
AMPAC Materials Characterization Facility
The Materials Characterization Facility, with state-of-the-art surface and materials characterization equipment, occupies about 7,000 square feet of space and is supported by three full-time research engineers and a full-time facilities coordinator. The Advanced Microfabrication and Clean Room Facility (AMF)
The Advanced Microfabrication and Clean Room Facility (AMF) supports research activities including miniaturization, nanomaterials fabrication and applied acoustoelectronics technology. The AMF occupies over 3,500 square feet of space and is housed in the Engineering Building. The class 100 and 1000 clean rooms contain assorted lithography and device fabrication equipment.
AMPAC stimulates in-depth research and education in the interdisciplinary field of materials science and engineering. Focusing on applications for energy, microelectronics, nanotechnology and bioengineering, AMPAC researchers enhance scientific understanding and promote industrial development and economic growth. With research expenditures totaling more than $2 million a year, materials science and engineering research efforts are supported by a number of government agencies, including national laboratories, as well as private industries.AMPAC RESEARCH AREA HIGHLIGHTS
Laboratories on campus and in the adjacent Central Florida Research Park
- Coatings, Composites, Superalloys and Fuel Cells for Power Generation
- Nanomaterials for Sensors, Actuators, Biomedical and Structural Applications
- New materials for Miniaturized, Micro and Nanoelectronic Systems
- Surface Engineering, Electrochemical and Corrosion Engineering
- Smart Materials for Space Applications
- Meso to Nanoscale Simulation and Modeling of Materials Behavior
- Ceramic Processing and Analysis Laboratory: Research activities in Ceramic MEMS, nanomaterials/composities synthesis and properties, polymer-derived ceramics, processing-structure-property relationships of ceramic materials, mechanical behavior of materials.
- Thin Films Science Laboratory: Research activities in thin film processing, magnetic materials, solid state reactions, nanoscale materials, magnetic thin films, grain boundary diffusion.
- Corrosion/Electrochemistry Laboratory: Research activities in chemical mechanical polishing, electrochemical techniques, failure analysis, aqueous corrosion, hot corrosion/oxidation, high temperature materials.
- Nano-Bio-Materials Laboratory: Research activities in biological interfaces, nanoscale science and engineering, molecular self-assembly, polymer thin films, biotechnology, soft lithography, scanning probe microscopy, liquid crystal imaging technique. Equipment/techniques available include Atomic Force Microscopes and assorted support equipment.
- Processing and Microstructural Characterization Laboratory: Research activities in microstructures and optoelectronic properties of thin-film solar cells, electron microscopy, microstructures of L10 alloys, metastable phases and defects in alloys.
- Crystal Growth and Epitaxy Laboratory: Research activities in bulk crystal growth of new materials, substrates, single-crystalline films, nanocrystalline ceramics, focus on piezo and ferroelectric, magnetic and magneto-optic, HP laser and NLO crystals. Equipment/techniques available include Automatic RF Czochralski pullers, Horizontal and Vertical Bridgman, Platinum Tube Liquid-Phase Epitaxy Furnace System, Crystal Orientation and Machining.
- Computational Materials Laboratory: Research activities in computational materials science, thermal transport, electrochemistry, electronic structure methods, multiscale simulation.
- Surface Engineering/Nanomaterials Processing and Plasma Nanomanufacturing Laboratory: Research activities in nanomaterials processing and characterization, nanobiotechnology, materials for optics, sensors, coatings, corrosion and oxidation, surface science and engineering, chemical mechanical planarization.
- High Temperature Materials and Coatings Laboratory: Research activities in multicomponent multiphase diffusion including thermotransport and electromigration, high temperature materials and coatings including thermal barrier coatings, oxidation and hot corrosion, phase-field modeling, materials characterization.
- Processing and Mechanical Characterization Laboratory: Research activities in processing and mechanical characterization of advanced materials, micro- and nanoindentation, in situ diffraction (neutron and synchrotron x-ray) at load and temperature, residual stress measurements, shape-memory alloys, bulk metallic glasses and nano-composites. Equipment/techniques available include Instrumented Nanoindentation, Arc-Melting Furnace, Rolling Mill, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Liquid Helium Dilatometer and Servo-Hydraulic Mechanical Testing.