Smart and Advanced Materials Laboratories

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur testing smart materials.

Current research

  • Nano-crystalline titania as a photocatalyst
  • Magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloys
  • High-temperature coatings
  • Metal matrix nano-composites


  • Scanning electron microscope (and EDS)
  • X-ray diffractometers (powder, polycrystalline and residual stresses)
  • Optical microscopes
  • Hardness and micro-hardness testers
  • Arc-melting furnace
  • Tube vacuum and protective environment heat treating furnace
  • Heat treatment furnaces
  • Tables PC’s

Rates for use of x-ray diffraction, electron microscope and other materials facilities

User Daytime Rate Night and Weekend Operator Assisted Facility Service
WMU users $40/hour $30/hour $30/hour $84/hour
Other University users $50/hour $50/hour $40/hour $110/hour
Industrial users $161/hour $161/hour $55/hour $110/hour


Current funding sources

National Science Foundation and Hewlett Packard

More information is available from

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur
Professor and Laboratory director
Phone: (269) 276-3212