In 1963, amid life-changing scientific advances, researchers at the University of Illinois were inspired to create the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL). The MRL’s main investors at the Advanced Research Projects Agency and the United States Atomic Energy Commission had great interest in seeing a speedy completion to the building, which would ultimately give professors and students the space and resources to advance their own scientific achievements.
Today, the MRL hosts over 140 instruments valued at over $40 million and continues to foster interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science.
Open user access
Worth of tools
Resident faculty with labs
Affiliated faculty from across the university
MRL’s external academic researchers exceed 100 scientists from 50 institutions around the world.
MRL’s external industrial researchers are fifty scientists from thirty institutions around the world.
In 2016 there were 1,054 active users with over 95,000 hours of instrument time.
Out of the 1,054 users, 55% were graduate students, 26% were senior researchers, and 19% were undergraduate students.
Start Your Research at MRL
MRL facilities are open for self-use after completing required training. All users are required to submit a proposal.
Current Lab Users Resources
Already a lab user? Submit a new proposal or change the account that your existing MRL work will be billed to.
The Physics MRL Machine Shop is well-equipped for making special, one-of-a-kind research equipment to order.
Our storeroom carries a variety of components and fittings.
Technical services for faculty, students and research groups.