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:

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 Microscopes (picture 1) (picture 2)



(Picture 1) (Picture 2)


CHI 600 C Electrochemical

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

(JEOL, JXA-733)


PHE101M Multi-Wavelength

  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
XRD Bruker D8
XRD Rigaku
JEOL JEM-1400 TEM JEOL 733 Electron
Jasco 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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