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The LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science was established in 1974 on the premise that researchers at Arizona State University should have open access to sophisticated techniques for materials characterization. The center supports materials research across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, geology and engineering.
The center has a four-decade legacy of training researchers on our equipment. Today, material scientists who trained at ASU are now running analytical laboratories in academia, government and industry around the world.
In 1988, the center expanded the university's mission to engage in education, open research and public service by providing industrial users with access to our instruments using a service-center model. Over the past 25 years, we have actively supported research and development in microelectronics, aerospace, medical electronics, energy, personal care, automotive, life sciences and other industries.
Our group is organized around several areas: The Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy, the John M. Cowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy, The Goldwater Materials Science Facility and the Ion Beam Analysis of Materials (IBeAM) Facility. The group is also committed to STEM-based educational outreach. ASU Science is Fun reaches thousands of K-12 students each year with programs designed to stimulate interest in science.