Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Partners with the University of North Florida in Creating the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility


Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) and the University of North Florida (UNF) have joined forces to help establish the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF) on the campus of UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. MSERF, which opened its doors in July of 2017, is a facility designed to support education and research efforts across all materials science and engineering-related disciplines. It will also serve the private sector by providing analytical services related to R&D, process control, failure analysis, and quality assurance.

To support UNF in the establishment of MSERF, SSI awarded a grant as part of its SPARQ (Shimadzu Partnership for Academics, Research, and Quality of Life) program. Equipped with an array of Shimadzu’s analytical and materials testing instruments, the facility is able to support diverse applications related to materials characterization and innovation, while providing its students and faculty a state-of-the-art teaching and research center.

Alongside Tescan electron microscopes, MSERF now houses a suite of Shimadzu instrumentation including an X-ray diffractometer, infrared microscope, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, universal mechanical tester, fully automated micro-hardness tester, and micro-focused X-ray computed tomography system.

“Partnering with Shimadzu has enabled us to establish a breadth of materials testing and characterization techniques to support the widest spectrum of users in the center,” said Dr. Paul Eason, University of North Florida. “We are fortunate to work with a company that provides so many state of the art instruments.”

“The University of North Florida, backed by the State of Florida’s Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation (AMMI) initiative, has made an amazing commitment to its current and future faculty, students, and collaborators,” said Scott Kuzdzal, Ph.D., vice president of marketing, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. “Their vision aligns well with Shimadzu’s goal of serving the academic community, and we are proud to support such an enterprising venture.”

About the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility

MSERF is a multi-user electron microscopy and materials characterization center funded by the state legislature through the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation (AMMI) initiative. MSERF was created in strategic partnership with Tescan, one of the world’s leading electron microscope manufacturers, Oxford Instruments, supplier of advanced x-ray and electron analytical equipment, and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a provider of a broad range of analytical and physical testing instruments.

About the University of North Florida

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.