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Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS)

Overview of Services

The Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) is a state-of-the-art materials characterization laboratory that provides cross-cutting capabilities that support the Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ (CAES) mission in multiple initiative areas. MaCS is largely made possible through its partnership with the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF).

MaCS is complementary to the Boise State Center for Materials Characterization (BSCMC) that was established by the Idaho State Board of Education in August 2006 to provide a state-of-the-art characterization facility in order to attract more students into science and engineering careers, to improve science and engineering education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to foster leading research and interaction with local industry.

Collectively, MaCS and BSCMC provide the organization and infrastructure to make various materials characterization tools available for research, academia, and regional companies.


Dr. Yaqiao Wu MaCS Director & Instrument Lead 208-533-8112


Hours Location

Monday - Friday 

8AM -5PM

995 MK Simpson Blvd.

Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
MaCS Core facility