Materials for Energy and Electronics

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The group has access to a range of key equipment for materials synthesis, structural and physical properties characterisation and computational calculations.

Synthesis Equipment:

  • Glove boxes
  • A variety of ovens and muffle and tube furnaces capable of temperature up to 1500 °C and a wide range of environments
  • Ball mills
  • Centrifuges

Analysis Equipment for structural and compositional analysis:

  • 4 X-ray powder diffractometers, including two Rigaku Miniflexes, a PANalytical X’Pert and a PANalytical Empyrean with both a monochromator and a PheniX chamber providing capabilities to cool to 12 K
  • A dual source (Mo & Cu microfocus tubes) single crystal X-ray diffractometer with 80-500 K variable temperature capabilities
  • An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Raman spectrometer with four lasers and variable temperature capabilities from 80-1500 K

Physical property measurement equipment:

  • A DC SQUID magnetometer capable of accessing up to 7 T
  • Quantum efficiency measurement system
  • A thermogravimetric analyser with inbuilt thermal analysis capabilities
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Surface area and pore size distribution analyser
  • Electrochemistry equipment

Computational Resources: 

  • The in-house Tor cluster