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Facilities and equipment


The group has a wide range of experimental equipment at its disposal to cover the full spectrum of sample preparation and characterization at the nanometer scale. Equipment labelled with "access charge" is available for external users as a chargeable service to cover maintenance costs. These costs can be included in grant applications as "directly incurred costs" or similar. Rates vary, please see here or contact Bill Luckhurst for details. All other equipment can be used by individual agreement only.

Imaging techniques

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  • SNOM
  • Confocal Scanning Microscopy
  • Raman spectroscopy/microscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy/Scanning-Probe Microscopy (AFM/SPM) (access charge)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) (access charge)
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Cameras, detection

Sample preparation

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  • Oerlikon Leybold U300 evaporator (metals; suitable for SEM)
  • Various, high-temperature ovens
  • Silicon Thermal-Oxidation
  • Various sonifiers and homogenisers
  • Schlenk lines for air-sensitive chemistry
  • Emulsion preparation
  • Ion beam cross-section polisher
  • Low-temperature plasma chamber 

Analytical techniques and spectrometry

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  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Dynamic Light Scattering
  • Contact angle tensiometer
  • UV-vis spectrometry
  • Calorimetry
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