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Mission Statement

The Materials Characterization and Processing (MCP) Core Facility at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) provides state-of-the-art materials synthesis tools and analytical characterization services to researchers from JHU, Baltimore, the mid-Atlantic region, and beyond.   We provide key infrastructure to enable innovation and discovery in materials research, designed to ensure the global leadership of our users, from fundamental science to applied engineering.  Our unique services promote economic development in the Baltimore region in the area of advanced technologies, provide unparalleled opportunities for education and workforce development, and create a foundation for new institutes and centers exploring materials needed to tackle some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

Synergies with Existing and Planned JHU Central Capabilities

The MCP provides beyond-light probes that complement the advanced fluorescence microscopy capabilities of the Integrated Imaging Center (IIC), the Raman lab, planned ICP capabilities, and the Chemistry core, HEMI, PARADIM, APL, and INBT facilities. The MCP provides spectroscopic, quantitative, and analytical electron microscopy that builds upon and expands the biological and cryo TEM capabilities in IIC and SOM. The MCP will foster implicit and explicit connections between these and future capabilities, helping to lead efforts in Materials at JHU and beyond.