Research Equipment & Instrumentation

The Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility

Our department houses state-of-the-art equipment for research and teaching purposes. We are constantly upgrading and acquiring new equipment as our faculty progress in their research activities and projects.

Equipment in electron microscopy and microanalysis

  • Hitachi S-4700 Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. The S-4700 has a guaranteed resolution of 1.5nm at 15 kV at the EDX and specimen exchange position. The instrument also offers excellent low kV performance with guaranteed resolution of 2.1 nm at 1 kV.
  • JEOL 2100F Transmission Electron Microscope. The JEOL 2100F is an advanced Field Emission Electron Microscope featuring ultrahigh resolution and rapid data acquisition. The instrument has been developed to achieve the highest image quality and the highest analytical performance in the 200 kV class analytical TEM with a probe size under 0.5 nm.
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM, Nano R2, Pacific Nano Technology). It has the capability for contact, tapping and force mode imaging. It also has Kelvin Probe mapping and conductivity mapping. The second atomic force microscope ( Nanoscope IIIA) is used for mapping of surface topography.

Other major instruments

  • BET Surface Area Analyzer (Micromeritics FlowSorb III 2300)
  • Perkin Elmer Elemental Analyzer
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA-50, Shimadzu)
  • Philips 3100 X-Ray Diffractometer
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (Shimadzu, DSC 60)

Equipment in hydrogen generation and storage

  • Electrochemical AC-Impedance Spectrometers (Schlumberger SI 1260, Gamry EIS 300)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC, Shimadzu)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (Bio-Rad, FTS 6000)
  • Potentiostat (Gamry Model No G300 and G750)
  • UV-vis Spectroscopy (Shimadzu UV-2401PC, upgraded to the near infra-red region)
  • Ultrasonic Baths
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • Tunable High Power Laser (Spectra Physics Model:2580)
  • Reversible Hydrogen Storage Measurement (Sieverts Apparatus), Make HyEnergy LLC, Model: PTPro2000)
  • BET (Micromeritics)

Renewable energy and biofuels

  • Two high-pressure Parr reactors, one is 100 mL, and the other is 2000 mL
  • Perkin Elmer TGA 7
  • Parr calorimeter
  • Shimadzu Gas Chromatograph with thermal conductivity detector

Polymers Synthesis

  • Electrochemical Impedance Analyzer (EIS), Princeton Applied Research, Model 2273
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) - Perkin Elmer, DMA 7e, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) - Perkin Elmer, Pyris 1
  • Nikon - LV-UDM Research Microscope
  • Scribner 850C Integrated PEM Fuel Cell Test Station
  • Gilford UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Paar Reactor - 1 liter, Stainless Steel Mixers
  • Delta Sonics Ultrasonics Bath
  • Servodyne Mixer (1-1000 rpm),
  • High Shear Mixers (custom designed-in-house)
  • Vacuum Oven, Fisher Isotemp Model 281
  • Thermolyne Type 1500 Oven

Inorganic materials development

  • Autolab 302 Potentiostat
  • Gamry series G Potentiostat/Galvanostat
  • Micromeritics, surface area measurement unit
  • Lindberg Blue Tube and box furnace
  • Shimadzu 2501 PC spectrophotometer
  • Perkin Elmer FT-IR
  • Perkin Elmer TG-DTA
  • Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS DLS instrument
  • Agilent, DC power source, HP 6890 Gas chromatograph