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Laboratories and facilities

Currently, we are located in Wing 3 of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Complex. However, in 2023 our offices and laboratory will be moving into the new Chemistry laboratory! The image above is the newly planned building.

Synthesis laboratories

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Glove boxes

  • Two MBraun glove boxes used as "dry boxes" for powder synthesis

  • VAC glove box used as a wet box for air-free syntheses involving solvents

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Furnances and ovens

  • Mellen 1200 °C large volume box furnace.

  • Mellen 1600 °C small volume box furnace.

  • Carbolite 1500 °C single zone tube furnace

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Sealing station

  • Stainless steel fast vacuum line for torch sealing ampoules

  • Turbo Pump

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Binder furnaces

  • Binder convection ovens for regular heating and hydrothermal synthesis

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Air-free line

  • Schlenk line with trap and vacuum system consisting of an all-glass diffusion pump attached to an Edwards rotary vane pump

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Furnaces for gas flow

Two Lindberg tube 1100 °C furnaces with quartz retort systems.

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Thermo Gravimetric Analyzer

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Ball Mill Grinder

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More tube furnances

  • Carbolite 1200 °C triple zone tube furnace

Shared instrumentation

Located in XCC (Chemistry) and CNAM (Physics)

Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Physics (CNAM) Link

MPMS with SQUID

  • Magnetic Properties Measurement System from Quantum Design

    • SQUID with helium recovery system

    • Vertical field up to 7 T

    • Temperature ranging from 1.8 K to 310 K

    • Furnace insert for temperatures up to 800 K

  • Physical Properties Measurement Systems from Quantum Design

    • Electrical resistivity measurements below 300 K

    • Maximum field up to 9 T for magnetotransport

    • Heat capacity measurements

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MPMS with SQUID

Quantum Design SQUID MPMS3 with fields up to 7 T and temperatures ranging from 1.8 K to 400 K

Single Crystal Laue Diffractometer

Single crystal Laue x-ray diffractometer used primarily to align single crystals

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C2 powder diffractometer

  • C2 Bruker Discover with Vantec area detector for maximizing intensity, useful for parameteric studies and small samples

  • Variable temperature stage up to 900 °C for C2

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D8 powder diffractometer

  • D8 Bruker Advance powder diffractometer (Cu K-alpha) with LynxEye detector and automated 9-sample changer

  • Databases include the ICDD powder patterns, ICSD for inorganic crystal structures, and CSD for organic crystal structures

  • Full TOPAS software for structural refinements

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Single crystal diffractometer

Apex2 Bruker single-crystal diffractometer (Mo K-alpha) with graphite monochromator and CryoStream for temperatues between 80 K and 400 K

NIST Center for Neutron Research

BT1 Neutron Diffractometer

  • High resolution powder diffraction

  • 32 detectors with Soller collimation

  • Ge(311), Cu(311), and Ge(733) monochromators for 2.079 ? 1.54 ? and 1.197 ?respectively

  • Temperatures ranging from 0.3 to 2000 K

  • Available with magnet fields up to 7 T

Located about 30 miles from UMD

In order to elucidate the magnetic and nuclear structure of our inorganic materials, we heavily utilize neutron diffraction. Neutron scattering is a true bulk technique since it interacts with the nuclei of your sample instead of the electron cloud as in X-rays. A handy link to help you know the scattering power, known as the scattering length, of the nuclei in your sample is the NIST site on isotopes (Link) . Just as important is knowing whether any of these have a high absorption or incoherent cross section, which would be detrimental to a good powder pattern

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