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The Materials Preparation Center is a one-of-a-kind specialized research center. The MPC prepares, purifies, fabricates, and characterizes research-sized quantities of rare-earth, alkaline-earth, and refractory materials.

Established in 1981, the MPC gives scientists at university, industry, and government laboratories access to novel materials and new technologies as they are developed. Each year, the MPC satisfies hundreds of requests for customized materials and services not available from commercial suppliers and that are unmatched in quality anywhere else in the world. The MPC prepares research-quantity, pure metals and alloys in single and polycrystalline forms. The center also develops processing techniques required for special preparations of these metals and alloys and transfers new knowledge about materials-processing equipment.

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