The Materials Characterization Center (MCC) is an innovative industry-academia resource with demonstrated capacity to provide advanced applied research analytical services to the university, demanding high technology industry and manufacturing sector.  The MCC, not-for-profit but self-supporting corporation is affiliated to the University of Puerto Rico and was created in 1995 by the Faculty of Natural Sciences of University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in consortium with INDUNIV, with support from the government of Puerto Rico in the form of a grant from the Science and Technology Fund, managed by Puerto Rico industrial and economic development agency (PRIDCO).  MCC is offering specialized analyses and the corresponding technical and scientific expertise, on a fee basis, to clients in industry, government and academia. The principal techniques offered by MCC are Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry and MS coupled with various separation techniques, Surface Microscopy & Spectroscopy and Crystallography.


Our highly trained personnel and facilities assure the best available service for:

Pharma & Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food sectors

  • Identification of Foreign Materials
  • Novel Method Development & Validation
  • Characterization of the surface of materials
  • Determination of the elemental composition
  • Identification of polymorphism in pharmaceutical solids
  • Characterization of Out-of-Specification (OOS) Assays Test (unexpected HPLC peaks)
  • Characterization of gases and odors
  • Characterization of raw materials
  • Particle Size analyses

Bioscience and Biotechnology

  • Polynucleotide (DNA & RNA) sequencing
  • Characterization of gene expression using DNA microarray assays
  • Protein Characterization by Microscopy and Spectroscopy techniques
  • Carbohydrate and Polysaccharides
  • Characterization by Microscopy and Spectroscopy techniques
  • Mass spectrometry (MS) for protein, polynucleotide, polymers, hormone and other biomolecules


Other scientific and research service upon request

MCC is an Innovation Center for the Economic Development of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

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