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Advanced research with dedicated technical support

Our Facilities

The Center is a gateway to Northwestern's vast central user numerous research facilities, including those for imaging and advanced chemical analysis with dedicated technical support, as well as the specialized facilities at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Access to Facilities

Access to research and facilities for both internal and external users is supported by the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts. All submitted proposals are evaluated by a review committee composed of both internal and external reviewers of international stature in the fields of conservation, conservation science, materials science, chemistry, art history, archaeology, environmental science, and computer science. Access is granted to users whose proposals have been approved by this review process. 

What We Offer

At the Art Institute of Chicago specialized facilities, portable instrumentation such as a portable FTIR, a portable XRF, and a colorimeter is available for on-site, non-invasive investigation. At Northwestern, the state-of-the-art facilities include the Jerome B. Cohen X-ray Diffraction Facility, the Center for Atom Probe Tomography, and the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE). NUANCE offers scanning and transmission electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopy, spectroscopy and localized measurements, and other state-of-the-art surface science instrumentation. The Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center is available for conventional spectroscopies.
Research Locations

Research Locations

Learn about the centers and facilities available to the staff and participants of the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.
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Learn about the research tools and instruments available to the staff and participants of the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.
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Non-invasive Analysis

Invasive Analysis

The following techniques require micro-samples and may require cross-sections preparation.

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