Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC) is located within the Materials Department of Loughborough University. It was officially opened in May 2000 after the amalgamation of four entities: Institute of Surface Science and Technology (ISST), Electron and Optical Microscopy Unit, X-Ray Diffraction Unit and the Advanced Thermal Analysis Unit.
Each part had been operating very successfully in it’s own right but by forming LMCC, the Materials Department and the University created a focus for much of the specialist facilities available for materials analysis.
The Centre’s primary aim is to support materials research within the Materials Department and the University as a whole. However, supporting industry by providing specialist services is also seen as a very important part of LMCC’s activities.
As well as the provision of analytical facilities, LMCC also has a comprehensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, particularly in the area of materials analysis.