Facilities and Equipment

Lasers | STM and AFM | Ultrahigh Vacuum Chambers
Electrochemical | Microanalyzer | Ellipsometry

Laboratory Facilities
Materials Research Facility (MRF) | Department and University Facilities

Libra Laser Lab

Femtosecond amplifier system (Libra-F-1K-HE-110, COHERENT)

800 nm (<120 fs), 5 W, 1 kHz

1 box system includes:

527 nm, 28 W, 1 kHz Evolution-45 Pump Laser

800 nm, 2.7 W, 80 MHz Vitesse Ti: sapphire oscillator seed

stretcher + compressor & single-pass femtosecond Ti:Sapphire Regenerative Amplifier


High energy broadband OPA (Topas-PrimePlus, Light Conversion/COHERENT)

Pumped with 4.5 W of 800nm

1.4 W (Signal + Idler) @ 1500nm (31% conversion efficiency)
~100 fs (1160-2600 nm)

BMI Laser Lab

Picosecond/Femtosecond Ti:Sapphire Regenerative Amplifier (BMI/Coherent) 1 kHz, 0.8 mJ used to pump Infrared Optical Parametric Amplifier (OPA) 0.1-4 psec. 1.1 -3 µm, > 10 µJ, for Linear and Nonlinear (SHG, SFG) Optical Spectroscopy and Dynamics experiments.

Scanning Probe Microscope


Two Scanning Tunneling and Atomic Force Microscopes to conduct in-situ, ex-situ, and single molecule conductivity measurements.

Ultrahigh Vacuum Chambers


Ultrahigh vacuum chamber equipped for Temperature Programmed Desorption (300 amu Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer) and Differential Reflectance Spectroscopy.

FTIR (Bruker Tensor 27) for transmission IR and DRIFTS studies.

Electrochemical Workstation

Measurement scales:
Potential range:±10 V
Current range: 0.1 A ~ pA

Techniques included:

  • Cyclic Voltammetry
  • Chronoamperometry
  • Chronocoulometry
  • Differential Pulse Voltammetry
  • Normal Pulse Voltammetry
  • Square Wave Voltammetry
  • Amperometric i-t Curve
  • Differential Pulse Amperometry
  • Double Differential Pulse Amperometry
  • Open Circuit Potential-time
  • Electrochemical Potentiostat, Bipotentiostat and Galvanostat.
  • Spectro-electrochemical cells.

Princeton Potentiostat
Model 273 A

Measurement scales:
Potential range:±10 V
Current range: 1 A ~ 100 nA

Techniques included:

  • Cyclic Voltammetry
  • Chronoamperometry


Measurement scales:
Potential range:
Current range: 0.1 A ~ 100 nA

Techniques included:

  • Cyclic Voltammetry

Electron Probe, X-Ray Microanalyzer

(JEOL, JXA-733)

PHE101M Multi-Wavelength Ellipsometer

Techniques included:

  • Measure the refractive index, n
  • Measure the extinction coefficient, k
  • Measure the thickness of single and multi-layer films, d


  • Renovated Laser Laboratory space (Laser lab >100 m2) provides temperature, humidity and dust control for state-of-the-art laser facility.
  • Renovated microscopy laboratory provides temperature, humidity and dust control for state-of-the-art microscopy (AFM, STM).
  • Renovated wet chemistry laboratories with Nanopure water supplies.


The Materials Research Facility provides a centralized location for analytical instrumentation to support faculty research efforts in the College of Science and Technology. Located in Beury Hall, this facility houses three X-Ray Diffractometers, Microprobe, TEM and Raman Spectrometer.


XRD Bruker Apex II


DUOXRD Bruker D8


DiscoverXRD Rigaku


JEOL JEM-1400 TEMJEOL 733 Electron


MicroscopeJasco Ventuno Raman




The equipment in the Department is generally available for use by all graduate students and faculty. Usually, it is maintained by a particular research group or one of the Departmental Technicians. The operation and care of the equipment is considered integral to the education of graduate students.

1. Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Only high resolution FEG_SEM with ESEM technology
  • Enable EDS analysis on conductive and non-conductive samples in high and low vacuum
  • Minimize the amount of sample preparartion , low vacuum and ESEM capability enables charge-free imaging and analysis of non-conductive and/or hydrated specimens

2. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers

  • GE 500 MHz NMR (multinuclear), 2D, variable temperature and Sun workstation for all nuclei.
  • QE 300 MHz NMR, 2D, variable temperature for proton and carbon.
  • Bruker WM-400 MHz NMR (quad probe), 2D, variable temperature.
  • Varian 60 MHz for proton and fluorine.

3. Infrared Spectrophotometers

  • Digilab FTS-40 FT-IR
  • Nicolet 670
  • Nicolet 20SX FT-IR variable temperature.
  • Mattson Cygnus 100 FT-IR with mid, near and far IR optics
  • Mattson 4020 and 4040 FT-IT spectrometers for routine midrange use (3)

4. Mass Spectrometers

  • Hewlett-Packard 6890 GC-MS
  • Hewlett-Packard 5995c GC-MS

5. Ultraviolet-Near IR Spectrometers

  • Hewlett-Packard 8450 (UV/VIS)
  • Perkin Elmer 330 variable temperature with P-E 3600 Data Station (UV/VIS)
  • Perkin Elmer P4 (UV/VIS)
  • Jasco V570 (UV-VIS-NIR)

6. Raman Spectrometers

7. Fluorescence Spectrometers

  • Molecular Fluorescence Spectrometer MPF66
  • Jobin Yvon Fluoromax2
  • Jasco FP-750
  • PTI Fluorescence Spectrometer

8. Gas Chromatographs

  • Buck Scientific 910 (polar column)
  • Buck Scientific 910 (nonpolar column)

9. Atomic Absorption/Emission Spectrophotometers

  • Buck Scientific Atomic Absorption/Emission Spectrophotometer (2) Model 200-A

10. Other Equipment

  • Bruker EMX-200R Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer variable temperature (10K-600K), field frequency controller, programmable gaussmeter and IBM 9000 computer system.
  • Enraf Nonius CAD-4 Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer with variable temperature capabilities.
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer/Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Instron model 1122 Mechanical Tester, computer controlled.

11. Ultrafast Lasers

  • In the Mid-Atlantic region, the department has one of the largest collections of ultrafast lasers, based on Ti:sapphire Oscillators and Regenerative Amplifiers, as well as Optical Parametric Amplifiers. These laser are used in CAPR and the Borguet, Dai, Levis, and Stanley groups.

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