Molecular Analysis Facility

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.

There are currently 3 recharge centers operating within the space (Molecular Analysis Facility Core, Analytical Biopharmacy Core, and the CryoEM Facility). Information about each center’s instrumentation and links are provided below.


Molecular Analysis Facility Core

  • Microscopy: SEM, TEM, AFM, Profilometer, Raman, Confocal, Dual Beam FIB/SEM
  • Spectroscopy: Raman, XRD, Ellipsometer, X-ray absorption/XANES
  • Surface Analysis: ESCA/XPS (imaging), UPS, TOF SIMS, GDOES, SFG Spectrometer
  • Sample Preparation Tools

Analytical Biopharmacy Core

  • Analytical Ultracentrifuge and Fluorescence Detection System
  • Calorimetry/Scanning Calorimetry
  • Density Meter and Viscometer
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance


  • Liquid N Cryo Transfer Holder and Workstation
  • Carbon Coater
  • Dry Pumping Station

When publishing work involving experiments conducted at the MAF, please include the following text in the acknowledgements: “Part of this work was conducted at the Molecular Analysis Facility, a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure site at the University of Washington which is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (grant ECC-1542101), the University of Washington, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, the Clean Energy Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.”  updated June 2016