Manitoba Institute for Materials

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
What the facility does

Conducts research in basic and applied materials science and engineering

Areas of expertise

The Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM) facilitates and enhances basic and applied materials science at the University of Manitoba and in the Prairie region. MIM develops interdisciplinary collaborations with academic and industrial materials researchers who are pursuing fundamental and applied research of complex materials. We are currently studying the following research streams: complex natural systems; composite material systems; crystalline materials and nanostructures; high performance computing; microelectromechanical systems; photonic and phononic interactions with materials; soft and disordered materials; liquid and solid crystals; surfaces, interfaces, and ultra-thin films. We have a wide array of materials fabrication and characterization instrumentation available for use. Additionally, we offer our collaborators the option of sending samples to be analyzed, or of being trained to run their own analysis with our instruments.

Research services

Spectroscopy, Imaging, Elemental analysis, Chemical identification, Bulk properties, Fabrication, Thin film and nanoparticle materials characterization

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Specialized lab



Materials Characterization and Spectroscopy Facility

Kratos Axis Ultra X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (Al or Mg/Al source, 2 e- energy analyzers and delay-line detector)

Ar ion gun affords depth-profiling capabilities. A charge-neutralizing filament allows analysis of insulating samples.


Rigaku S-Max 3000 Small/Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (temperature controlled stages, 2 sample chambers, image plates)

Structural analysis (nm scale) by X-ray scattering of polymers, liquid crystals, nanoparticles, proteins and others.


FEI Nova Nano 450 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG SEM)

Ultra-high resolution FEG SEM with best-in-class imaging (SE, BSE) and analysis (EDS, WDS, EBSD) for both conducting and insulating samples


FEI Quanta 650 Field Emission Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG ESEM)

FEG ESEM for dynamic in-situ imaging and analysis of non-conductive and hydrated samples in their natural state from -165°C to 1500°C


FEI Talos F200A Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope / TEM (200 kV FEG S/TEM)

FEG S/TEM combining outstanding high-resolution imaging and chemical characterization in multiple dimensions with fast navigation

Materials Electron Microscopy Facility

JEOL JAMP-9500F Auger Electron Spectrometer

Field Emission Auger microprobe for surface analysis with attachment for depth profiling and charge neutralization.

University of Manitoba Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Cameca IMS 7f Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer

Analysis of stable isotopes. Capabilities include trace element analysis, depth profiling, and ion imaging.

Dynamic Spintronics Group

Cryogenic probe station and NMR system (4.2 – 400 K)

For magnetic, electrical, microwave characterization. NMR console/optical cryostat to probe atomic magnetism dynamics.


Spin dynamics characterization and microwave imaging

Electrical detection technique to characterize spin dynamics. Microwave imaging for medical/non-destructive testing.

Nano-Systems Fabrication Laboratory (NSFL)

Dual Source Thermal Evaporator, RF&DC MRC 8776 and SemiCore/KJL Co-Sputter System, PETS PECVD, IKO Electroplating System



Oxford Picosecond Laser, XeF2 Vapour-Phase Si Etcher, Trion and PETS Plasma Etchers, 3 Wet Decks and 2 Fumehoods



6" ABM 2-sided Mask Aligner, 1100C Lindberg Blue Furnaces, Vaccum Bonder, UV/O3 Cleaner, Alpha Step 500, NanoSpec

Other NanoTools


JAW Ellipsometer, DI D3100 and Multimode, White Light Photomap Interferometer, Toho Thin Film Stress Measurement System



Diamond Touch Wafer Saw, Bueler ISOMET 1000 Diamond Saw, Gatan UltraSonic Drill, K&S Wire Bonder

Cutting & Bonding

Prairie Regional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

NMR 300 (l), 400 (s), 500 (l/s), 600 (l/s) MHz


Advanced Radio Frequency Systems Laboratory

Agilent 67 GHz Signal Synthesizers, 110 GHz Spectrum Analyzer, 75 and 110 GHz Source Modules, Noise Sources to W-Band 



Anritsu 110 GHz Vector Network Analyser, Cascade Semi-Automatic Probe Station, Anritsu mm-Wave Power Meter


Manitoba Chemical Analysis Laboratory (MCAL)

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrophotometer and Mass Spectrometer

Elemental analysis and identification and quantitation of known and unknown compounds


Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spec-New Wave UP213 and Quantronix Integra-C ThermoFinnigan Element2

A focused laser beam permits spatial characterization of heterogeneity in solids, with typically micron resolution.

Microbeam Laboratory

Electron Microprobe (Model: Cameca SX100)

Micron- scale quantitative chemical analysis of solids

  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Indutec
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Composites Innovation Centre (CIC)



Nano-Systems Fabrication Laboratory (NSFL)

Advanced Radio Frequency Systems Lab (ARFSL)

Manitoba Chemical Analysis Laboratory (MCAL)