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The Materials Instrumentation and Multimodal Imaging Core (MIMIC) Facility contains state-of-the-art equipment to assess the structural, mechanical and chemical properties of materials down to the submicron scale. It is an open fee-for-service facility accessible to all researchers including academic, governmental, industrial and individuals. The possible applications for the equipment span multiple academic disciplines, in addition to providing industrially relevant material inspection capabilities. MIMIC is part of the broader Shared Research Resources of CU Boulder and collaborates closely with COSINC for achieving magnifications not possible at MIMIC.​​


MIMIC’s core expertise covers assessment of biological tissues, biomaterials and biologically inspired systems. In addition, the broad materials science knowledge available at MIMIC has produced successful analyses on a large range of organic and inorganic materials including geological specimens, circuitry, polymer composites and many more.​


  • Provide the tools and expertise to enable cutting-edge research.
  • Educate the next generation of scientists through graduate and undergraduate student interaction.
  • ​Provide a high level of customer service with regards to expert advice, analysis and project turnaround time.