Welcome to the Surface and Optical Analysis (SOA) Facility of the University of Akron College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

The SOA Facility was established in 2012 through the generous support of the Department of Energy and the Austin BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA). The Facility also received support from the Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

SOA is housed in the National Polymer Innovation Center at the University of Akron and is home to state-of the-art latest generation instruments including: X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS), Confocal Raman Microspectrometer (Raman), Micro Computed Tomography Scanner (Micro CT), Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscope, Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Microscope, Laser Confocal Microscope.


The SOA Facility serves all students and faculty of the University of Akron as well as other academic, governmental institutions, and local companies in facilitating and taking to the next level research and education in the areas of surface and interface analysis, advanced laser microscopy and spectroscopy, and micro computed tomography. Training and full assistance when working on the SOA instruments is provided by professional staff. Problem solving consultations and participation in collaborative projects are always available by our world class faculty.


National Polymer Innovation Center
Rooms 210 and 212
240 S Forge St, Akron, OH 44325-303


Dr. Zhorro Nikolov
Manager SOA Facility
NPIC 203,
Tel. 330-972-6182; Email: znikolov@uakron.edu