The Analytical Science and Engineering at Notre Dame (ASEND) Core Facility exists to help solve current, emerging, and industry-relevant problems through the creation of new capabilities in measurement science and engineering.

Located in McCourtney Hall, ASEND is a shared-resource facility where researchers operate and collect data using a variety of state-of-the-art instruments suitable for characterization and structure elucidation of chemical, materials, and biophysical samples.

The facility serves as a collaborative endeavor with other Notre Dame core facilities to provide real-time, comprehensive measurements at the interface of biology, chemistry, and materials science under controlled environments to understand spatial and temporary changes and capabilities.

The ASEND Core Facility is open to Notre Dame researchers as well as outside academic and industry researchers.


The University of Notre Dame is home to one of the fastest-growing analytical science and engineering programs in the country.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering Program, Department of Biological Sciences and related programs, such as ND Energy, Materials Characterization Facility, Center for Bioanalytic Metrology, and Institute of Precision Health, are collaborating on innovative molecular research and the discovery and design of new technologies to combat disease, promote health, and safeguard the environment.

Launched in 2021, ASEND aims to augment this existing collaborative force by providing access to trained technical staff and sophisticated instrumentation dedicated to accelerating analytical science and engineering research.