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Inorganic Nanostructures Capabilities & Tools

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Major Capabilities & Instruments


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Horiba Jobin Yvon LabRAM ARAMIS automated scanning confocal Raman microscope

This confocal Raman microscope acquires Raman (80-4000 wavenumbers) and photoluminescence spectra (500-1600 nm) at single points or over 2- and 3-dimensional volumes. Available lasers are 532, 785, and 1064 nm. Available objectives are 10, 50, and 100x.  Typical acquisition times are 0.5 s/spectrum. Mapping resolution is 1 micron, and the maximum mapping volume with the piezo stage is 200 x 200 x 200 microns. The LabRAM also features a cuvette chamber, polarizers, a variable pinhole/aperture, auto-focus, and high-frequency scanning. Spectra for multiple samples on microplates and other substrates can be acquired using an automated stage.

Varian ICP-OES 720 Series

The Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) instrument has very low detection limits (ppm to ppb) and quickly allows sample concentrations to be determined. This particular set-up includes an SPS3 autosampler with three sample racks allowing up to a total of 270 samples to be analyzed in sequence.

TA Instruments Q5500 TGA-MS

The Thermogravametric Analysis (TGA) performed on this instrument is sensitive to <0.1ug with a temperature range from ambient to 1200C. This system has great baseline stability and coupling the system to a sensitive mass spec allows better analysis of samples.

Workstation for Automated Nanomaterial Discovery and Analysis (WANDA)

WANDA is an automated robot for the synthesis of colloidal inorganic nanomaterials. WANDA features two liquid handling robot arms with heated and non-heated needles for dispensing and aspirating 10 µL-5 mL volumes into 200 µL – 40 mL reaction vials at rates of 20-1500 µL/s. Microplates with 6-96 vials can be heated and stirred in parallel from 30-120 °C in six on-deck microplate bays. 6-20 mL reactions in disposable glass vials can be heated at 30-325 °C and stirred independently with high precision in WANDA's 8-reactor LTMR array with temperature ramp rates up to 40 °C/min. Aliquots can be sampled from reactions with 40 s duty cycles. Vials can be transported across the deck using the vial gripper tool and weighed in WANDA's automated balance (0.00001 g precision). The entire system is enclosed in a nitrogen-filled glove box for air-free reactions. The glove box also includes a module for the manual preparation of precursors and a microplate-compatible centrifuge for manual and semi-automated purification of nanocrystals. Microplates of samples generated by WANDA can be characterized using the Biotek UV/Vis abs./PL plate reader, the NIRVANA NIR/Vis absorption plate reader, the Fluorolog Micromax PL and upconversion luminescence plate reader, the Bruker X-ray diffractometer, and the Horiba LabRAM Raman microscope.

Thomas Swann 3x2 CCS MOCVD for nitride films and nanowires

Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition of films and nanowires of GaN, InN, AlN and their alloys. It has 3, two-inch wafer susceptor pockets, or an alternate susceptor offering the ability to use 2, two-inch and multiple 10x10mm substrates. A showerhead design and rotating susceptor helps ensure well-mixed, uniform precursor delivery. Automated software control gives the ability to grow reproducible samples with timed precursor delivery for making precisely controlled heterostructures.

Thomas Swann 1x3 CCS MOCVD for III-V and other semi-conducting materials

Metal -Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition of films and nanowires of GaP, InP and their alloys. It has a single 3 inch susceptor pocket. With an expandable precursor bay, this system lends itself to more flexibility in materials and dopant options. Automated software control gives the ability to grow reproducible samples with timed precursor delivery for making precisely controlled heterostructures.

Aixtron PECVD for carbon nanotubes and graphene

Synthesis of carbon nanotubes (single-wall and multi-wall) and graphene film on substrate up to 4". The machine support growth both in thermal and plasma-enhanced mode.

Bruker AXS D8 Discover GADDS X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

The powder x-ray diffractometer is equipped with a Vantec-500 area detector and is operated at 35kV/40mA with a CoKa wavelength of 1.79Å . An optional 96-well plate attachment is available for automated high-throughput data collection and EVA, TOPAS, and JADE software packages are readily available for analysis.

Horiba Jobin Yvon Fluorolog-3 Spectrofluorometer

The fluorometer is equipped with multiple detectors, allowing spectra to be collected from 290-1600nm. The system works for standard fluorescence measurements, 3D, and PL lifetime (in the visible region). Available attachments include 96/384-well microplate reader accessories for high through-put data collection and an integrating sphere for quantum yield measurements (in the visible region). Samples can also be excited with 7 NIR diode lasers (785, 808, 830, 915, 940, 910, and 1064 nm) at 200-1000 mW.

Thermtest TPS-500 thermal conductivity tester

This equipment allows users to measure the bulk thermal conductivity of samples over a wide range (0.3-100 W/mK).  Full details available here:

Cary 5000 UV-Vis-NIR

The Cary UV-Vis-NIR has an absorbance range of 190-3300nm and is capable of transmittance and absorbance measurements for both films and solutions. An internal diffuse reflectance accessory is available, providing exceptionally low photometric noise and a 200-2500nm data collection range.

Chemical Vapor Deposition and Thermal Annealing Tube Furnace Reactors

The facility has a number of tube furnace reactors for CVD, MOCVD, chemical conversion, and sample annealing. They are equipped with a variety of inert gasses, reactive gasses, metalorganic, and organochalcogen precursors including: Ar, N2, H2, O2, NH3, CH4, C2H4, H2S, H2Se, (CH4)2S2, and others. The gas flow rates are accurately controlled with mass flow controllers and can be configured to meet changing demands. We have three 1" Lindberg Blue tube furnace reactors (up to 1100C), one 1" Lindberg Blue tube furnace reactor (up to 1600C), and two 4.5" Rapid Thermal Processors (up to 1000C).

Other Capabilities & Tools

Shimadzu UV-3600 Spectrometer (UV/Vis/NIR)

This spectrophotometer is equipped with three detectors and is capable of scanning a large wavelength range from 185-3300nm. The instrument can be used for both solutions and films. An integrating sphere attachment is also available to reduce background noise while collecting spectra out to 2600nm.

Perkin Elmer Spectrum One FT-IR with HATR assembly

This spectrometer collects spectra from 350-7,800 cm-1. The HATR assembly has a ZnSe 45-degree plate to simplify sample prep.

Biotek Synergy 4 UV/Vis absorption/fluorescence microplate reader

This commercial microplate reader measures absorption spectra from 200-1000 nm and photoluminescence spectra from 250-800 nm, with typical acquisition times of 3 s/spectrum. The instrument has a high-intensity xenon flash lamp and a lower intensity tungsten lamp. Standard format microplates (including polypropylene and quartz plates) can be shaken and heated during runs. PL intensities can also be measured with filters on User-installable filter wheels. The instrument can perform time-resolved lifetime measurements (>10 microseconds) and kinetic acquisitions. Multiple types of acquisitions can be performed in a single run.

NIRVANA NIR/Vis absorption microplate reader

This Foundry-built microplate reader measures absorption and reflectance spectra from 350-2500 nm. Liquid and solid samples in any format microplate or substrate can be used. Typical acquisition times are 1 s/spectrum.

Mettler-Toledo Microbalance

This microbalance can weigh samples up to 2g with an accuracy of 0.001mg.

Ulvac Thermal Annealer

A programmable, near IR (1200C), compact rapid thermal annealing furnace. Capable of heating rates ~50C/s, with a maximum sample size of ~20x20x2mm.

Arbin Electrochemical Battery Tester

Galvanostatic cycling of rechargeable batteries to test their cycling lives.

Agilent Precision Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer

Conventional four channel source-measure units.

Rucker and Kolls Probe Station

Ecopia HMS-5000 Variable Temperature Hall Effect Measurement System

Hall Measurement system uses a ~0.5T magnet and LN2 to provide temperature dependent measurement (from 80-300K) of conductivity, hall coefficient, carrier type, concentration, and mobility.

Low temperature and inert atmosphere probe stations

This station is equipped with four micro probes in a vacuum chamber that can reach 0.001mTorr. The stage temperature can be controlled from 1K (using flowing liquid helium) to 374K.

Malvern Zetasizer Nano-ZS

This instrument performs Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) analysis. This single system provides information on particle size, molecular weight, and zetapotential.

ASD QualitySpec Pro UV-Vis Spectrometer

This spectrometer operates using fiberoptic cables, allowing data to be collected at an impressively fast time frame. This instrument collects spectra from 250-2500nm and has a Muglight attachment available for diffuse reflectance measurements.