The University of Iowa



Welcome to the Iowa Center for Research, Exploration, and Advanced Technology in Engineering and Sciences (Iowa CREATES), which will open in spring 2019 in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory (IATL) and house the new Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication (MATFab) facility.

Iowa CREATES and MatFab will bring together under one roof the most modern, sophisticated equipment that faculty and staff in the physical sciences and engineering need to conduct cutting-edge research. 


Iowa CREATES, the administrative body that will manage the MATFab facility, is an intellectual hub for researchers to build synergy among departments and disciplines to support collaborative research and identify priority research areas in the physical sciences and engineering. The vision for this center is to build bridges across disciplines, departments, and colleges, leading to a more coordinated research program in physical science and engineering.

The center will consolidate equipment currently operating in other locations or as part of other units, including IATL, the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) and the UI Microfabrication Facility (UIMF). Additionally, relevant instrumentation and staff member from the Central Microscopy Research Facility (CMRF) will be relocated from their former locations in Trowbridge Hall and the Eckstein Medical Research Building. CMRF will continue to operate as an imaging facility that primarily supports the biological and medical sciences.

Iowa CREATES and MATFab will report to the University of Iowa Office of Research, with support from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI College of Engineering


Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, 205 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, directly east of the University of Iowa Memorial Union.