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Inorganic Materials Characterization Facility (IMCF)

We are located on the UCSD Main Campus, in Pacific Hall, room 4140

IMCF Photo

 

The following equipment is available on a recharge basis. Contact the facility manager for access and training.

Instrument

Hourly rate for UC users*

Hourly rate for non-UC users**

 

Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) apparatus (Malvern Instruments Zetasizer Nano) for determination of nanoparticle size. With Multi Purpose Titrator for zeta potential measurements.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Steady-state photoluminescence apparatus with thermoelectrically cooled CCD detector (Ocean Optics QE65 and QEPro) covering the range 250-1050 nm, with a resolution of 0.4 nm. Excitation sources include various blue (450, 480nm) and UV (365, 370, 385nm) diodes (for PL) and broadband deuterium-halogen continuous source (for ABS or DR).  The detection optics can be focused to 1 mm spot size.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Time-gated photoluminescence apparatus with pulsed OPO (Opotech) laser excitation source (tunable wavelength range 420 to 3000 nm) or Horiba DeltaDiode 375nm picosecond laser excitation source, thermoelectrically cooled ANDOR intensified CCD camera for time-gated photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements at a temporal resolution of 8 nanoseconds, covering the spectral emission range 400-850 nm, with a resolution of 1 nm.

SOP

$30

$43.50

 

Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer with attenuated total reflectance (ATR) attachment (Nicolet 6700 with Smart-iTR diamond ATR crystal). Liquid nitrogen-cooled MCT-A detector; spectral range 600-11,7000 wavenumbers.

SOP

$25

$36.25

 

Raman microscope (Renishaw inVia), upright microscope with x-y mapping stage. 532 nm and 785 nm laser sources.

SOP

$42

$60.90

 

Fluorescence plate reader (Molecular Devices Gemini XPS) dual-monochromator microplate spectrofluorometer)

SOP

$20

$29

 

Absorbance plate reader (Molecular Devices Spectramax 340Pc384) Microplate Spectrophotometer

SOP

$10

$14.50

 

Fluorescence microscope (Nikon Eclipse LV-150) coupled with an ANDOR intensified CCD camera
for time-gated photoluminescence imaging measurements at a temporal resolution of 8 nanoseconds.

SOP

$30

$43.50

 

4-point conductivity probe based on Keithley 2001 Multimeter and electronics for wafer resistivity characterization.

SOP

$10

$14.50

 

Electrochemical etching apparatus for preparing porous Si films, microparticles, and nanoparticles. Keithley 2651A Sourcemeter, with Labview (TM) computer interface allows fabrication of photonic crystals, Bragg stacks, microcavities, Fabry-Perot layers, microparticles, and nanoparticles (including porous silicon quantum dots with the appropriate activation steps).

SOP

$25

$36.25

 

Optical reflectance spectrometers (Ocean Optics USB-4000 and USB-2000), fiber optic attachments, microscope optics, and light sources for acquisition of optical reflectivity and Fabry-Perot interference data. Spectral wavelength range 350-1000 nm.

SOP

$15

$21.75

 

Ceramic tube furnace capable of controlled-atmosphere heating of samples to 1000 °C. Note heating/cooling rate is limited to < 10 °C/min, so a typical 800 °C, 1 h run will require 3.6 h of instrument time.

SOP

$20

$29

 

High-output Ozone Generator (Ozone Solutions, product ID OZV-8) for surface oxidation and removal of organic contaminants from inorganic surfaces.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Vacuum oven for heating of samples to 300 °C

SOP

$20

$29

 

Muffle furnace for atmospheric oxidation of samples to 1000 °C. Note heating/cooling rate is limited to < 10 °C/min, so a typical 800 °C, 1 h run will require 3.6 h of instrument time.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Porosimetry gas adsorption/surface area measurement apparatus (Micromeritics ASAP 2020) for acquisition of BET, BJH, DFT data to determine surface area, average pore size, pore volume. Note sample degas and isotherm acquisition typically requires 8 h of instrument time per sample.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Computer-controlled (LABVIEW) gas-dosing apparatus, consisting of a Teflon gas-dosing chamber fitted with a transparent optical window and gas mixer/mass-flow controller (Cole-Parmer) systems. The software and mass flow controllers can handle various low volatility, high volatility, toxic, corrosive, and flammable analytes.

SOP

$20

$29

 

Contact Angle Goniometer (ramé-hart Model 200) for measuring contact angle and surface energy.

SOP

$10

$14.50

 

SQUID Magnetometer

$50

$100

 

HPLC Thermo Scientific ™ Dionex ™ UltiMate ™ 3000 UHPLC. Pressures up to 620 bar (9,000 psi) at flow rates of up to 10 mL/min, detector data collection rates up to 100 Hz, and injection cycle times as low as 15 s, supports conventional LC and UHPLC applications.

SOP

$25

$36.26

 

Fluorescence Spectrometer Perkin-Elmer LS-55 or Ocean Optics QEPro™ systems.

SOP

$10

$14.50

 

Thermogravimetric Analyzer/Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TGA-DSC) Perkin-Elmer STA 6000 Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer. Can use nitrogen, oxygen, or air ambients.

SOP

$15

$21.76

 

Powder X-ray Diffractometer Bruker D8 Advance diffractometer using Cu Kα (1.5418 Å) radiation (40 kV, 40 mA).

SOP

$15

$21.75

 

Consultation-Training

$50

$72.50

 

Consultation-non-Training This includes preparation and processing of user-supplied samples. Benchtop, fume hood, and Class II biosafety cabinet facilities are available.

$25

$36.25

*Instrument rates are for usage only. If we run the analyses for you, there is an additional per hour charge of $25.
**Rates for Non-UC Users include overhead we are required to charge off-campus users.