Advanced Materials Institute

Advanced Material Institute (AMI)

The Advanced Materials Institute provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for the characterization of materials in support of the educational, research and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students interested in materials science. AMI also actively conducts third party testing of materials for local, regional and national businesses and governmental agencies.

Goals & Objectives

The goals of the Advanced Materials Institute (AMI) are to continue to provide high quality analysis and characterization of a variety of different types of materials as a service for the research efforts of WKU faculty and students, as well as for commercial research and production facilities and government agencies locally, regionally, and nationally. AMI seeks to increase externally funded services to provide additional support for student research experiences and training, and to provide support for repair and replacement of advanced scientific instrumentation.

Capabilities & Services

AMI provides access to advanced instrumentation for the physical, chemical, and structural analysis of materials. The nature of the characterization techniques is generally more applicable to academic studies, but currently 20 – 30% of the analyses are for external commercial clients.


AMI Instrumentation: Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen Analysis Sulfur Analysis Thermogravimetric Analysis Ion Chromatography Calorimetry Mercury Analysis Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-ES) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Single Crystal X-ray Structure Determination X-ray Powder Diffraction X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy Atomic Force Microscopy.


The majority (~70%) of AMI funding comes from the university’s ARTP budget, with the remainder coming from service fees charged to external clients for analyses conducted in the center.





For Students 

Graduate and undergraduate student workers are employed by AMI to perform analyses under the direction of AMI staff. Students are trained on the use of advanced instrumentation, making them more competitive after graduation for commercial employment or admission to graduate schools. Support for students comes from the center budget and from funds generated from fees charged to external clients.

For Faculty

AMI provides access to advanced instrumentation in support of the research efforts of WKU faculty and their research students. Access to state-of-the-art scientific instruments makes faculty more competitive for external research grants, more productive in their research efforts, and relieves them of the responsibilities of purchase, maintenance, and repair of expensive equipment.

For the Community

AMI works closely with technology based enterprises and governmental agencies locally and regionally to provide analytical services using sophisticated instrumentation that would not generally be available otherwise.

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