To use the Van Vlack Lab facility or Hannewalt XMAL, all users need to create a Facility Online Manager (FOM) account at You will get access to the lab after being trained on the instrument by the MSE tech staff.

The characterization lab (room 2224) contains a wide variety of materials characterization apparatus, including microscopy, mechanical testing, calorimetry, and spectroscopy. The Hannewalt diffraction lab (XMAL/room 2219) contains x-ray equipment. The sample preparation lab (room 2231) contains equipment for sample preparation, including a machine shop, mounting press, grinder/polisher, casting, and heat-treatment furnaces.

Contact information: 

 Sahar Farjami
Office phone: 734-647-1099

 Ying Qi
Office phone: 734-764-3303

Booking Rules:
  • Users must be trained by MSE staff before they can use an instrument.
  • Priority use in the Van Vlack is reserved for undergraduate courses
  • Bookings may be cancelled without penalty any time prior to 60 minutes before the start of the reservation.
  • Bookings not used or cancelled may be charged as if used. Email users on the waiting list if you can't cancel in time.
  • Booked sessions that are unclaimed more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start time may be taken by other users.
  • Refunds for usage will be provided in cases of equipment malfunction.  Refunds will not be provided for problems caused by user error.
There is now a waiting list available for times when the schedule is full. If you are anxious to use an instrument but no time is available, add your email to the waitinglist. If you can't cancel your session in time or you finish early, please email the users on the waiting list informing them of the instrument's availability (include date and time). If equipment becomes available, users get access on a first come, first served basis. In the event of a tie, earlier on the list wins.
Equipment Rates:

University of Michigan rate: $39.52/hour

Other University rate: $60/hour

External rate: $125/hour