Office of Research

Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF)


The Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF) is a fully staffed instrumentation facility for users from the UW, other universities, and industry. Capabilities include microscopy, spectroscopy, and surface science. Users can be trained to independently perform experiments, or an experienced staff member can perform experiments for you.

Located in the new Molecular Engineering & Science Building, the Molecular Analysis Facility consists of a large area of low-vibration instrumentation laboratory space and a wet lab for sample preparation. Since 2011, MAF has operated jointly with the College of Engineering’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), which provides access to photo- and electron-beam-lithography, thin-film deposition, plasma and chemical etching, and characterization processes.

Core Services Offered

The MAF is available to both academic and industrial users nationwide. Our staff has designed and implemented training programs that allow users from different disciplines to master the operation of our sophisticated tools after a few hour-long training sessions. Our experienced team can perform projects for remote users and provides a variety microscopy, spectroscopy, and surface science services.

Funding Information:

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) supported by the National Science Foundation, 2015-2020
University of Washington
Molecular & Sciences Institute
Clean Energy Institute

Reporting Structure:

Molecular Engineering Director

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, Department of Biochemistry,
College of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering,
School of Medicine, Department of Genome Sciences, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Department of Microbiology, Center for Nanotechnology

External Partners:

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Center Details

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Director: Caster, David
Location: MoLES Building, G43E
Year Started: 2015
Administrator / Program Manager:
Administering College/School: College of Engineering 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Bioengineering 
Faculty Involvement: 134