About the Laboratory
The University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) is a university-wide user facility for the microstructural and microchemical characterization of materials. The laboratory was originally established in 1978 with the goals of providing and maintaining state-of-the-art equipment for use by the university research community. The laboratory was divided into two when the Department of Materials Science & Engineering moved to its current North Campus location.
Anyone in the university research community who needs to use the EMAL facilities is welcome to do so. The laboratory is also open to users from other universities and to users from local industry. There is a nominal charge for the use of the equipment and this is designed to cover the operating costs of the instruments.
EMAL keeps statistical data regarding the number of new and current users, as well as a breakdown of users according to organizations and areas of research and study.