Nanomaterials and Surface Science Laboratory

Director: Randy Weinstein, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Focus: The study and development of various nanomaterials and thin films.

Research Highlights:

  • Growth and use of carbon nanofibers for thermal management and as catalyst supports. 
  • Growth of metallic nanoparticles and the deposit of nano-thick films on surfaces.
  • Creation of self-assembled monolayers (layers that are one molecule thick) for the lubrication of small devices and use as corrosion inhibitors. 
  • Development of molecular wires (electrical connections made by single molecules).

Facility Highlights:

  • Hitachi H-7600 transmission electron microscope (TEM) with EDAX energy dispersive spectroscopy system (EDS) and an AMT digital camera for image acquisition
  • Hitachi S-4800 cold field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a YAG Back-Scattered Detector, an Oxford EDS System, and a HKL EBSD System
  • JXA 840 tungsten filament scanning electron microscope
  • Hitachi S570 SEM equipped with an EDAX image analysis and EDS system as well as with a Robinson backscatter detector
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy laboratory consisting of three spectrometers with sample temperature variation capability from 1.8 K to 300 K and applied magnetic field up to 8 T in longitudinal geometry. Bruker-AXS Kappa/Apex II Diffractometer with a low temperature device (100K)
  • ICP Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer
  • Agilent PicoPlus atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • Perkin Elmer Atomic Absorption (AA) spectrophotometer
  • Varian Mercury High Resolution (300 Mz) NMR Spectrophotometer with Solid State Capabilities Two Perkin Elmer UV-Visible spectrophotometers with kinetics packages
  • Two Perkin Elmer FTIR spectrophotometers (Model 1615)
  • Innovative Technology Inert Atmosphere Glovebox
  • Hewlett Packard GC-Mass Spectrometer (Model 5890A)