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Widely recognized as one of the top five materials research facilities in the world, the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) serves as the innovation engine for discoveries in new materials. The facility is home to a scientific and engineering community that creates new collective knowledge and fosters the next generation of scientific leaders. With deep interests in making societal impacts, the MRL has been a major catalyst on the UC Santa Barbara campus to initiate collaborations with industry.  Read on to learn more about the high impact collaborations, events and facilities that the MRL maintains for the benefit of industry.
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In This Issue
MROP- A Comprehensive Research Review for Industry
Facilities and Equipment YOU can use
The MRL Houses Industry Collaborators

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The Materials Research Outreach Program at  UCSB
Please attend MROP 2016  taking place February 2nd & 3rd in the UCSB Corwin Pavilion. The program will focus on research efforts concerned with the science and engineering of organic-based macromolecules and polymers as well as inorganic materials 

The program is designed to stimulate collaborative research between faculty groups at UCSB and industry scientists and engineers. Several UC-industry joint research efforts have been initiated as a result of this Program.

For information on registration please click here.  
The MRL has Extensive Facilities and Equipment for Industry Use
Extensive Facilities for Industry Use
The MRL encourages external industry use of our equipment and facilities for the synthesis and characterization of materials. There are two modes of use: a Fee-for-Service model, which allows outside users to send samples in for analysis by technical staff; and an Active User model in which users are trained and approved to use the equipment independently on-site. For on-site use by external users, the requirements are more stringent as each user is required to conduct safety and equipment training, as well as completing other requirements. Potential users should start by contacting the technical director to define the best routes for using the facility.
Sectroscopy Facility 
Central to this facility is magnetic resonance, which elucidates local structures of nuclei or electrons in their chemical environments. The type of samples which can be studied range from solids (ceramics, rubber and plastics for example), liquids (e.g. oil), solutions (e.g. proteins) and their hybrids. While EPR looks at unpaired electrons of radicals or transition metals, NMR (6 NMR instruments available:  from 300MHz to 800MHz) can decipher three quarters of nuclei on the periodic table of elements as the probe of structure of materials. The newly installed DNP-NMR instrument boasts a NMR sensitivity enhancement of two orders in magnitude and four orders in the time saving of experiments. The facility also features a specialty 300MHz SWB NMR instrument dedicated to MRI, diffusion measurements, and rheology studies. In addition, are a Nicolet FTIR-Raman, a Varian Fluorimeter, and a Biolin QCM.  Click here for more details  or contact the Tech Dir: Dr. Jerry Hu -jerry.hu@ucsb.edu
X-Ray Diffraction Facility
Provides state-of-the-art x-ray diffraction (XRD) tools for characterizing structural properties of a wide range of materials including metals and composites, polymers and biological materials, and electronic and optoelectronic materials in the length scale range of 0.1 nm - 100 nm. The x-ray facility currently supports a comprehensive array of commercial and custom-built x-ray diffractometers for small and wide angle x-ray scattering and diffraction, thin-film characterization, in-situ powder diffractometry and texture measurements. For details regarding the capabilities of the facility and access requirements  click here for more details or contact the Tech Dir: Dr. Youli Li-youli@mrl.ucsb.edu
The Polymer Laboratory
Offers full capabilities for the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials such as adhesives, proteins and nanoparticles. The Polymer facility is equipped with 13 instruments, including Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) instruments, a multi-angle light scattering GPC (MALS-GPC), gas chromatography (GC), microwave reactors, isothermal titration calorimeter (ITC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), rheometers and a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). A list of all instruments and short descriptions can be found on the website . These instruments allow for the characterization of physical properties, such as heat capacities, molecular weights, particle diameters, viscosities, or glassy transitions or aid in the execution of chemical reactions under controlled conditions on a laboratory scale. To learn more about the facilities instruments and its capabilities, collaboration, and access to the facility click here for more details or contact the Tech Director: Dr. Rachel Behrens - Rachel@mrl.ucsb.edu
TEMPO (Thermal Electronic/Elemental Magnetic Porosity Optical) Facility 
This is a shared facility that houses 14 analytical instruments for a wide variety of physical and chemical characterization. We offer an extremely wide range of instrumentation for thermal, electronic, elemental, magnetic, porosity, and optical measurements.  Capabilities include: absolute Quantum Yield of luminescent solids, liquids and films; mass spectrometry coupled with thermos-gravimetric analysis (TGA) for identification of thermal decomposition products, high-temperature XRD for phase changes of crystalline materials and systems for evaluating magnetic and electronic properties of materials. For details regarding other capabilities of the facility,access requirements, and collaborations, click here or contact the Tech Dir: Dr. Amanda Strom- Amanda@mrl.ucsb.edu

MRL Encourages Deep Industry Partnerships by Housing Industry Collaborators
There is a discussion among universities regarding the benefits and disadvantages to hosting "embedded corporate researchers" from corporations within a campus' laboratories. The MRL hosts a number of corporate researchers and has for the last decade and a half. Our longest-standing corporate partner is Mitsubishi Chemical, who established the on-going Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) whose epicenter is within the MRL. The depth and breadth of their relationship within UC Santa Barbara highlights the value of cultivating embedded research relationships. To learn why the MRL embraces embedded corporate researchers read on.
We always appreciate any input you may have on how we can improve, so please don't hesitate to send us your feedback. Thank you for your continued interest in our program. For further information, please visit the Industry Center website at: www.industry.ucsb.edu

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