The NCC is a research core facility of the VCU Office of Research and located in the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. The NCC is also a partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. As a core research facility, resources and services are available by contract to not only university faculty but industry as well. Click here to see a visual overview of the NCC


The NCC offers technologies that benefit multi-disciplinary industrial and scholarly research in a broad range of sciences to modify, manipulate or tailor the surface, size, or shape of a particular material.


With the NCC you gain access to over $11 million in sophisticated materials characterization equipment and analytical services unique to the mid-Atlantic region.

Capabilities Include:



-Imaging of samples using electron, optical, or x-ray methods

-Elemental mapping of structural features

-Complete surface analysis

-Chemical mapping

-Depth profiling

-Elemental Speciation

-Surface Roughness

-Variety of sample preparation tools

NOTE: As of July 1, 2017, FORCE has been updated to reflect new equipment and user fee.

Current Equipment Status as of 7/20/2017
Instrument Status Comments
Bruker Bioscope AFM Fully Operational
Hitachi FE-SEM Su-70 Operational New tip is added and the beam current is much higher now.
The settings will have to readjusted to get right current for EBL.
Jeol LV-5610 SEM Fully Operational
LSM 710 Laser Scanning Microscope Fully Operational
LabRam HR Evolution Fully Operational
Nikon Digital Optical Microscope Fully Operational
Quantum Design VersaLab Fully Operational
Rame-hart Contact Angle Fully Operational
Skyscan 1173 microCT Fully Operational
ThermoFisher ESCAlab 250 Fully Operational
VEECO ICON AFM Fully Operational
X’Pert PRO PANanalytical Fully Operational
ZEISS Libra 120 TEM Not Operational Camera Problem
Zeiss Auriga Crossbeam FIB Operational EDX option is down, other functions are operational
PANalytical X-Ray Fluorescence Fully Operational

Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility

620 West Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23284

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