CMRR Materials Characterization Facility 

Part of the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI), the facility provides access to an array of state-of-the-art equipment for nanomaterial (both thin-film andRigaku-SmartLab-9-kW-XRD.jpeg powder) characterization, including XRD, XPS, Hall effect, UV-Vis, AFM/MFM, SEM, and photo current systems to measure crystal structure, and magnetic, surface, transport, and optical properties. 

  • Hitachi UH4150 UV-Visible/NIR Spectrophotometer
  • JEOL JSM-7400F Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Kobelco Photocurrent Measurement System
  • Lake Shore 8400 Series Hall Effect Measurement System
  • Panalytical XPert XRD - Line Source
  • Panalytical XPert XRD - Point Source
  • PHI Quantera Scanning XPS
  • Bruker D2 Phaser Benchtop XRD
  • Rigaku Smartlab XRD
  • Veeco Dimension 3100 AFM/MFM

For training, please follow the instructions below. You'll need to have an account and request access to the equipment you need. Your equipment request will trigger a message to the corresponding equipment manager. 


Internal UCSD Users: to obtain access to our recharge facility and equipment:

  • Key Code: to obtain a key code to enter our CMRR Recharge Facility, email CMRR Admin and copy your supervisor/mentor to request a code.
  • Make sure you have already taken UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals online course via UC Learning. 
  • Make sure to read and abide by our CMRR Recharge Facility Policies and Procedures
  • Create an account and request access to the CMRR Facility Online Manager(FOM) application. For this you will need at least one project number # (project, task, and funding source if applicable) from your lab principal investigator to get started.
  • Within FOM, select the equipment piece you need and request access to the equipment piece.
  • Once you request access for the equipment, someone should reach out to you to schedule a training session prior to providing you equipment access. 
  • Once FOM equipment access is granted, user will be granted access to make reservations. 
  • When using equipment, you will be required to log on to the equipment via FOM. Make sure to log off to end and record your use. 

External Users: follow these external user procedures.

  • For independent access to our facility, please complete the CMRR External User Service Agreement.
    • Enter the required information in Exhibit A of the respective agreement, print and sign the document.
    • Scan and email the signed agreement to
    • Include a copy of your company insurance certificate. See section nine of the service agreement. 
    • Please note that approval may take one to two weeks. 
  • Go to CMRR Facility Online Manager(FOM) application and select to log in without a UCSD Active Directory account. If new, select "I am a new user" link to register with the FOM system.
  • Once registration has processed, you will have access to our FOM system and you will be able to request access to equipment and schedule a training session with the assigned equipment manager. 
  • Once training has been completed and access to equipment has been provided by the assigned equipment manager, you will be able to make online reservations for your use.
  • To request access to our facility, please make sure to follow campus card instructions for a campus card to access our building and send your 6 digit campus card code (rear bottom right) to us. We will then provide you a keycode for your lab access as well.  Please send code to Octavio at
  • Do note that users are responsible for parking and parking costs when visiting UCSD and our facility. Gilman Parking structure is best for parking. 
  • Payments: POs will be invoiced monthly based on usage. Payment can be submitted by check to UC Regents or pay with credit card. 

For any questions, please contact Octavio Ochoa, CMRR Business Officer. 

Equipment Recharge Rates:

 Equipment  Internal Users Hourly Rate External Users Hourly Rate
 Hitachi UH4150 UV-Visible/NIR Spectrophotometer       $35       $70
 JEOL JSM-7400F Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope       $35       $70
 Kobelco Photocurrent Measurement System       $35       $70
 Lake Shore 8400 Series Hall Effect Measurement System       $35       $70
 Panalytical XPert XRD - Line Source       $35       $70
 Panalytical XPert XRD - Point Source       $35       $70
 PHI Quantera Scanning XPS       $35       $70
 Bruker D2 Phaser Benchtop XRD        $35       $70
 Rigaku Smartlab XRD       $35       $70
 Veeco Dimension 3100 AFM/MFM       $35       $70
 SAXS  $85 $165